Toronto, Ontario – The Ontario government has announced that the proposed extension of the province’s Highway 407 in the Greater Toronto Area will be a toll highway, with the province retaining control and ownership of the extension. The extension will run east from Brock Road in Pickering to Highway 35/115 in Clarington.

Highway 407, a toll highway originally built by the province, was sold to a private consortium in 1999, which continues to operate it and collect its revenues.

The province will be responsible for regulating tolls on the highway and meeting customer service needs, while revenues generated will go toward the costs of construction and maintenance. An environmental assessment study is currently underway, with the preliminary design identified for the highway extension.

The province said that the proposed extension would generate 24,000 construction jobs, with construction to begin once the environmental approvals are in place. The proposed highway right-of-way will also contain space for a future transitway. Service is scheduled to begin by 2013.

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