Ontario issues RFP for latest work on Hwy. 401/Hwy. 6 interchange in Guelph, Ont.
The latest step in a multi-phase construction project to improve the busy interchange between Hwy. 401 and Hwy. 6 just outside Guelph, Ont. is likely to start next year.
The Ontario Ministry of Transportation issued a request for proposals July 15, aiming to lock in a design-build team for the Highway 6/Hanlon Expressway Midblock Interchange project.
Focussed on a section of Hwy. 6 — also known as the Hanlon Expressway — just north of the 401, the project involves removing two at-grade intersections. The connection with Wellington Road 34 will be replaced with a bridge with no connection to the Hanlon, while the current intersection at Maltby Road/Concession Road 4 will be fully closed.
A new interchange midway between between the two roads is planned as part of the wider project to realign and improve Hwy. 6. Currently, the busy route between Guelph and Hamilton is bisected awkwardly by the 401. A bypass around the community of Morriston, widening the 401 to 10 lanes through the area and improved interchanges are all part of the wider initiative.
The MTO said it plans to pick a contractor for the interchange work on the Hanlon Expressway this winter. Construction is scheduled to start next year once a detailed design is in place.