Highway 7 Widening Opens


    McGuinty Government Keeps People And Goods Moving In The Ottawa Area

    TORONTO, July 31 /CNW/ -

    NEWS

    The first phase of construction to widen Highway 7 from two to four lanes
between Highway 417 and Jinkinson Road in Ottawa was completed as planned and
opened to traffic today.
    The widening project is divided into three phases to avoid disruption to
traffic. The remaining phases will widen Highway 7 from:-   Jinkinson Road to west of Ashton Station Road (phase two) - now under
        construction and expected to be completed by fall 2010
    -   Ashton Station Road to McNeely Avenue, Carleton Place (phase three) -
        nearing detail design completion. Construction is expected to start
        in 2010 and be completed by fall 2011.The $48-million phase one construction contract was awarded to R.W.
Tomlinson of Ottawa. Work began in summer 2006.

    QUOTES

    "This is great news for the more than 14,000 drivers who take Highway 7
every day. Drivers on this new four-lane highway will benefit from improved
road safety and a quicker commute between Carleton Place and Ottawa," said
Transportation Minister Jim Bradley
(http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/about/minister.htm). "Improving
transportation is part of the McGuinty government's plan to grow the economy."

    "I am very pleased this highway project is completed. Our communities
have been waiting for this. Widening this section of Highway 7 will keep
people and goods moving safely and efficiently," said Ottawa West-Nepean MPP
Jim Watson (http://www.mah.gov.on.ca/Page741.aspx).

    QUICK FACTS-   The Ontario government is investing nearly $170 million in total to
        widen Highway 7 from two to four lanes to improve road safety and
        traffic flow.

    -   Since 2003, the McGuinty government has committed $9.3 billion in
        highways, roads and bridges and invested $6.2 billion in public
        transit.

    -   The province's $400-million Municipal Roads and Bridges Fund -
        announced in the 2008 Ontario Budget - is helping municipalities
        invest in critical projects across the province.

    LEARN MORE

    Read the Ontario government's five-year investment plan in highway
construction for Southern Ontario
(http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/pubs/nhp2007/index.html).

    Get up-to-date road condition information
(http://www.roadinfo.mto.gov.on.ca/) on major highways in the area. You can
also call the ministry's road information line at 416-235-4686, or toll-free
at 1-800-268-4686.

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For further information: Nicole Lippa-Gasparro, Minister's Office, (416)
327-1815; Bob Nichols, Communications Branch, (416) 327-1158