Kinga Surma, Associate Minister of Transportation, announced that the province is putting people first by investing $640 million to widen Highway 401, which will shorten commute times and encourage investment and job creation. “Our government is committed to strengthening Ontarios highway network and making Ontario open for business,” said Associate Minister Surma. “This crucial expansion of Highway 401 means that thousands of Ontarians will spend less time in traffic and more time on the things that matter to them – being with family, friends or at work.” The project will widen 18 kilometres of highway from the Credit River in Mississauga to Regional Road 25 in Milton and includes reconstruction of bridges as well as upgrades to support facilities and features. Construction is underway and drivers can expect to use the expanded highway by 2022. Widening the highway will reduce congestion and improve quality of life for workers, families and businesses in Ontario.
"Our government is committed to strengthening Ontarios highway network and making Ontario open for business," Associate Minister of Transportation Kinga Surma said in a news release issued Thursday. "This crucial expansion of Highway 401 means that thousands of Ontarians will spend less time in traffic and more time on the things that matter to them – being with family, friends or at work."
“Hundreds of thousands of commuters and commercial vehicles travel on Highway 401 in this region every day. This project will be beneficial to all the people and businesses who rely on these roads.”
The $640 million project will see an 18-kilometre stretch of the highway from Mississauga to Milton widened in the hopes that doing so will expedite the flow of traffic.
“Highway 401 is a vital corridor for economic activity across the province. Funding key highway projects like this will improve our critical trade links and encourage investment in Ontario.”
“Our government committed to building a better highway network that will improve the quality of life for people in Ontario. We are making huge investments in transportation infrastructure to get people where they need to go.”
“People and businesses along Highway 401 depend on it as it is the main highway route in this fast-growing area. By investing in this project, we are building a better transportation system for the future of our region.”
“This stretch of Highway 401 is one of the busiest in the GTA. Making smart investments in both highway and transit projects is part of our plan to support economic growth and get people moving.”
“Today is a good day for commuters across the GTA. Expanding lanes on this key section is an important part of expanding our regional transportation network.”
The Ford government says the $640 million project will reduce congestion, shorten commute times and encourage economic growth in the region.
"This crucial expansion of Highway 401 means that thousands of Ontarians will spend less time in traffic and more time on the things that matter to them — being with family, friends or at work," said Associate Minister of Transportation Kinga Surma in a news release.
New or improved support facilities and features, such as drainage, lighting, signage and carpool lots.
However, some transportation planners say expanding highways does not reliably lead to reduced traffic or congestion due to a phenomenon known as induced demand.
That idea suggests that widening highways encourages more people to drive cars, negating the benefits of adding capacity.
The highway expansion project comes after the Progressive Conservative government raised speed limits to 110 kilometres per hour on three sections 400-series highways.
According to the province, approximately 250,000 vehicles travel on Highway 401 in the Peel and Halton regions every day.
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