November 23, 2007

New lanes open on Ontario’s Queen Elizabeth Highway today

Niagara Falls, Ontario – Construction to help reduce congestion along 5.2 km of the Queen Elizabeth Way (QEW) in Ontario has been completed and will open fully to traffic today.

“These improvements will help boost our safety and efficiency along this busy trade and tourism route,” said Rob Nicholson, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, and MP for Niagara Falls. “They reflect this government’s commitment to working with its provincial partners to improve transportation infrastructure across the country.”

The QEW is integral to the economic prosperity of the Niagara Region and the province, with links to four border crossings to the U.S. at the Queenston-Lewiston, Whirlpool, Rainbow and Peace bridges. The $52.2-million project involved expanding and improving the QEW to six lanes between Glendale Avenue and Mountain Road. The federal government contributed $16 million from its Border Infrastructure Fund, while the provincial government paid $36.2 million through its ReNew Ontario program.

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