High­way 403 ramp in An­caster a step closer

The Hamilton Spectator - - LOCAL - HAMIL­TON COM­MU­NITY NEWS

Of­fi­cials rep­re­sent­ing the city and prov­ince are ex­pe­ri­enc­ing some move­ment in the long-awaited ef­fort to con­struct a west­bound on­ramp from Mo­hawk Road to High­way 403.

An­caster Coun. Lloyd Fer­gu­son, Hamil­ton and pro­vin­cial rep­re­sen­ta­tives met in mid-July to dis­cuss is­sues sur­round­ing de­vel­op­ing a le­gal agree­ment that would out­line the ar­eas of re­spon­si­bil­ity for the de­sign, con­struc­tion and main­te­nance of the on-ramp.

Fer­gu­son said the prov­ince is sup­port­ing the idea of a two-lane on-ramp, which could also have a light to reg­u­late traf­fic en­ter­ing High­way 403.

Michelle Men­donca, spokesper­son for the On­tario trans­porta­tion min­istry, said in an email Hamil­ton has started an en­vi­ron­men­tal as­sess­ment and pre­lim­i­nary de­sign study for the pro­posed ramp.

She said the city will be “re­spon­si­ble for all costs as­so­ci­ated with its con­struc­tion and main­te­nance.”

The Mo­hawk Road on-ramp pro­posal emerged in 2011 as the pre­ferred op­tion among other sug­gested lo­ca­tions.

A west­bound ramp from Mo­hawk to High­way 403 ex­isted prior to 2001, but was elim­i­nated when the 403 and Lin­coln Alexan­der Park­way in­ter­change was re­con­structed.

Of­fi­cials have es­ti­mated the cost of the on-ramp to be any­where from $3 mil­lion and $6.5 mil­lion.

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