October 24, 2006

Highway 401 to be widened east of Toronto

Cobourg, Ontario – An investment of $24 million is being put into Highway 401 east of Toronto, to improve traffic flow and road safety, according to Transportation Minister Donna Cansfield. The highway will be widened from four to six lanes between County Road 28 in Port Hope, and Burnham Street in Cobourg.

“About 45,000 drivers use this stretch of the 401, and widening this section of road will keep traffic moving safely and efficiently,” Cansfield says.

Other improvements include upgrading ramps and enhancing lighting at the Country Road 28 and Burnham Street interchanges, repairing the Hamilton-Hope Township underpass, widening the Theatre Road overpass, widening the Cobourg Creek culvert, and installing new traffic lights at the Burnham Street interchange. Bot Construction Limited of Oakville, Ontario was awarded the contract; construction will be done in stages with short-term lane closures, and is expected to be complete by fall 2007. By 2020, traffic volume along this section of highway is expected to increase by 30 per cent.

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