ON­TARIO MOV­ING FOR­WARD ON HIGH­WAY 427 EX­PAN­SION IN VAUGHAN

Road Today - - Infrastructure - RT

On­tario is con­tin­u­ing to move for­ward on the ex­pan­sion of High­way 427, which will help im­prove traf­fic flow and keep peo­ple mov­ing, while cre­at­ing jobs and sup­port­ing eco­nomic growth and devel­op­ment in Vaughan and the sur­round­ing re­gion.

On­tario has se­lected LINK 427 as the pre­ferred pro­po­nent to de­sign, build, finance and main­tain the High­way 427 ex­pan­sion project.

High­way 427 will be ex­tended by 6.6 kilo­me­tres from High­way 7 to Ma­jor Macken­zie Drive, and widened from Finch Av­enue to High­way 7. A 15.5 kilo­me­tre stretch of ded­i­cated High Oc­cu­pancy Toll (HOT) lanes with elec­tronic tolling will also be in­stalled in both direc­tions from south of High­way 409 to north of Ruther­ford Road, and will open in 2021. No ex­ist­ing gen­eral pur­pose lanes will be re­moved to ac­com­mo­date the HOT lanes.

The Min­istry of Trans­porta­tion and In­fra­struc­ture On­tario are work­ing to­gether with LINK 427 to fi­nal­ize the con­tract de­tails. The project cost and schedule are ex­pected to be an­nounced in March 2017 with de­sign and con­struc­tion to be­gin shortly after.

QUICK FACTS

• The se­lec­tion of LINK 427 as the pre­ferred pro­po­nent is the re­sult of an open, fair and com­pet­i­tive pro­cure­ment process over­seen by a fair­ness ad­vi­sor. • HOT lanes en­cour­age peo­ple to car­pool, help to man­age con­ges­tion and pro­vide more travel op­tions to trav­ellers. • The av­er­age daily traf­fic on High­way 427 be­tween Finch Av­enue and High­way 407 ETR is ap­prox­i­mately 106,500 ve­hi­cles per day and is ex­pected to grow to more than 139,000 by 2021.

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