Toronto, Ontario – Construction is scheduled to begin on seven highway service centres in Ontario beginning in early November 2009. The Ontario Ministry of Transportation has signed an interim agreement with Host Kilmer Service Centres Inc., authorizing the start of construction.

The provincial government had come under fire over the service centres, many of which were closed when their leases expired, leaving motorists without roadside fuel, food or rest facilities on long stretches of Highway 401.

“The first of our modern new highway service centres are scheduled to be open for motorists in less than a year,” said Transportation Minister Jim Bradley. “Work will start next month at the seven centres where the old leases expired first. These new service centres will contribute to road safety, support tourism, and create thousands of jobs.”

The centres in the first phase are Binsville, near the Quebec/Ontario border; Tilbury South between Windsor and Chatham-Kent; Tilbury North, west of Chatham-Kent; West Lorne, west of London; Trenton North, west of Belleville; Dutton, east of Chatham-Kent; and Morrisburg, east of Prescott. These are scheduled to reopen with fuel, washrooms, parking and a convenience store in July 2010, and will become fully operational in September 2010. They will offer quick-service dining, coffee, convenience retail, enhanced truck facilities, tourism information, and washrooms that are fully accessible to families and disabled persons.

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