St. Catharines – Road improvements on the Queen Elizabeth Way (QEW) in St. Catharines, Ontario have been completed, reducing congestion and improving safety.
The route will also increase the flow of commercial vehicles to and from the U.S. border. The QEW is the major trade corridor linking the Greater Toronto Area to the Niagara region and four bridges that cross the Niagara River into New York State.
The total cost of the project was approximately $186 million, with the government of Canada contributing $41.25 million and the province of Ontario contributing $144.75 million.
The QEW was widened from four to six lanes along a 9.4-kilometre stretch through St. Catharines from Highway 406 to the Garden City Skyway. The first phase, which involved widening Henley Bridge in St. Catharines, was completed in 2007. The second included widening the QEW, constructing a concrete median barrier, adding drainage capacity, replacing two underpass structures, installing noise walls in residential areas, and adding paved shoulders and lighting.