Toronto, Ontario – Bids for proposals for Ontario’s Highway 407 East project have closed, with the Ontario Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure Ontario announcing they will examine the submissions in the coming months.

The new highway will be built in two phases. The first will extend Highway 407 East from Brock Road in Pickering to Harmony Road in Oshawa, connecting it to Highway 401 with a new link that will be known as the West Durham Link. The second phase will continue the highway east to Highway 35/115 and connect it to the 401 with the new East Durham Link by 2020.

The successful bidder is expected to be announced in early 2012, along with the project costs. Preparation work for phase-one construction will begin later in 2012, with the project expected to open to traffic in late 2015.

Unlike the current portion of the 407 toll highway, which was sold to a private consortium in 1999, Highway 407 East will be a publicly-owned toll road, with the province operating it, establishing customer service standards, setting toll rates and retaining all revenues generated by tolls on it.

For information, visit Infrastructure Ontario.

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