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Widening Highway 401 to keep people moving

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April 11, 2017 by Ministry of Transportation

Ontario is creating jobs and keeping people moving by widening 18 kilometres of Highway 401 from the Credit River in Mississauga to Regional Road 25 in Milton.

“Highway 401 is a critical highway for commuters and commercial traffic traveling throughout Ontario and the United States. The addition of both HOV and general purpose lanes is further proof of the province’s commitment to making improvements that will help us manage congestion and improve mobility in the daily commutes of Ontarians travelling across the region,” said Steven Del Duca, Minister of Transportation.

The Highway 401 Expansion project includes adding HOV lanes in each direction and widening the existing six lane configuration to:

  • Twelve lanes from the Credit River to Winston Churchill Boulevard
  • Ten lanes from Winston Churchill Boulevard to Highway 407 ETR / Highway 401 interchange
  • Twelve lanes from Highway 407 ETR / Highway 401 interchange to James Snow Parkway
  • Ten lanes from the James Snow Parkway to Regional Road 25

Widening the 401 will relieve congestion, allow for a more efficient transportation and flow of goods, and will help accommodate continued population and employment growth in the region.


Quick Facts

  • The province has issued a Request for Qualifications to design, build and finance the Highway 401 expansion project—the first step in getting construction underway.
  • The project is being delivered under Infrastructure Ontario’s Alternative Financing and Procurement model, which transfers risks associated with design, construction and financing of the project to the private sector.
  • The average daily traffic for the Highway 401 in the Peel and Halton Region is approximately 108,000 to 188,000 vehicles per day.
  • Ontario is committing over $2.1 billion to repair and expand provincial highways and bridges across the province.

SOURCE: Ministry of Transportation

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1 Comment » for Widening Highway 401 to keep people moving
  1. Rob Larson says:

    This article states that “widening the 401 will relieve congestion”. Though this is true in the short-term, historical evidence indicates that congestion will return with time. This will be true as long as road users do not pay the true cost of the service. I think we should be more honest about the long-term benefits of these infrastructure projects, and consider the trade-offs from an eco-fiscal perspective.

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