Ministry of Transportation exploring "options" for the Hwy 407 East Extension
OSHAWA, ON, Feb. 14 /CNW/ - The Ministry of Transportation is assessing
the impact that stopping Hwy 407 in Oshawa will have on local traffic
and is developing options for further discussion, according to a recent
letter sent from Minister Wynne to Oshawa Mayor Henry.
The letter, dated February 2, is in response to the City of Oshawa's
RAMP it up! campaign that urges the province to expedite construction
of the Hwy 407 East Extension from Brock Road in Pickering through to
Hwy 35/115 in one continuous phase.
This is an encouraging turn around as just 10 weeks ago, Minister Wynne
emphatically stated at a public meeting with Durham Region and area
politicians that the project would absolutely proceed in two phases
with the first phase stopping at Simcoe Street.
"I am pleased that Premier McGuinty and Minister Wynne are revising
their position and are reassessing their decision to stop Hwy 407 in
Oshawa," says Oshawa Mayor John Henry. "However, those impacted by this
extension - including my political colleagues and I - have not yet been
consulted regarding these options. Will the community - residents,
businesses, community groups, municipalities - have input into these
Public and political pressure surrounding the Hwy 407 East Extension
project has been building since the province unexpectedly announced it
would build the extension in two phases - contrary to years of
preparation, study and promises for a one-phase extension from Brock
Road in Pickering through to Hwy 35/115 with a completion date of 2013.
Currently, the province plans to stop Hwy 407 at Simcoe Street in
Oshawa using a two-phased approach, which will ultimately mean higher
costs for all provincial taxpayers. In addition, it will cost the
residents of Durham Region and the City of Oshawa approximately $329
million in unplanned capital road work plus ongoing maintenance costs.
In response, the City of Oshawa launched the RAMP it up! campaign on
January 24, 2011 to encourage businesses and residents of southern
Ontario to oppose any decision to terminate the Hwy 407 East in Oshawa
and petition the Legislative Assembly of Ontario to proceed with the
Hwy 407 East Extension project as planned and promised, in one
continuous phase, from Brock Road in Pickering through to Hwy 35/115,
with a completion date of 2013.
The feedback has been overwhelming supportive. In fact, the support from
southern Ontario's communities has made a difference and influenced
Minister Wynne's decision to rethink her position as stated at the
November 23 public meeting. To date:
over 850 names have been added to the online petition at www.oshawa.ca/407;
approximately 1,000 petition postcards have been collected;
more than 50 petition business letters have been received; and,
approximately 50 municipal/regional governments (Durham Region
Municipalities, GTA Regions and GTAH Municipalities) have received a
For more information, visit www.oshawa.ca/407 or follow the campaign on twitter @oshawacity.
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SOURCE City of Oshawa
For further information:
Mayor John Henry
City of Oshawa