June 27, 2006

Improvements announced to major Ontario highways

London, Ontario – The governments of Canada and Ontario have announced the start of construction to widen and improve Highway 401 in London, Ontario which leads to Canada’s two busiest international border crossings at Windsor and Sarnia. The Ontario government has also announced an investment of more than $180 million over the next five years in Highway 417 east of Ottawa.

More than 42,000 cars and 14,700 trucks travel into the U.S. at the two crossings each day, carrying $164 billion in goods each year. The 401 will be widened from west of Highway 402 to Wellington Road at a cost of $36 million; improvements include widening the 401 from four lanes to six, rebuilding the Wellington Road interchange ramps, building a new Wellington Road bridge, installing new lighting and installing a changeable message sign to provide road and traffic information.

In the Ottawa region, Highway 417 will be widened from four to eight lanes between Highway 416 and Eagleson Road, and from four to six lanes from Eagleson Road to Highway 7; more than 17 km of Highway 417 will be repaved between Casselman and Limoges; and the highway’s shoulders will be paved and rumble strips added. The construction will also prepare for the possible inclusion of High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes, subject to environmental approval.

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