2009 Construction Season Officially Underway



    McGuinty Government Investing In Highway Infrastructure, Creating Jobs

    TORONTO, June 10 /CNW/ -

    NEWS

    The 2009 highway construction season will create more than 16,000 direct
and indirect jobs and expand, repair and improve highways, roads and bridges
across the province.
    Key construction projects include:
    
    - Widening Highway 401 between Highway 410 and Hurontario Street in
      Mississauga
    - Building 15 kilometres of new Highway Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes on
      the QEW, from Guelph Line in Burlington to Burloak Drive in Oakville
    - Widening Highway 401 from four to six lanes from Windsor to Tilbury as
      part of the Border Infrastructure Fund project
    - Continuing the extension of Highway 410 from Mayfield Road to Highway
      10 in Brampton and Highway 404 from Green Lane to Ravenshoe Road
    - Completing the first phase of construction on the Highway 406 twinning
      project in Welland.
    

    The McGuinty government is investing a record $2.4 billion in 2009 to
keep Ontario's highways and bridges in top form and stimulate the economy - an
increase of 24 percent over last year.

    QUOTES

    "In years past construction was viewed as an inconvenience. This year,
drivers will pass construction sites and see Ontarians working - and our
economy being stimulated,"
    - Jim Bradley, Minister of Transportation Ontario
    (http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/about/minister.shtml)

    "Highway construction projects improve road safety, get Ontarians working
today and enhance economic development for the future."
    - Rob Bradford, Executive Director of Ontario Road Builders' Association

    QUICK FACTS

    
    - Drivers are reminded that speeding fines are doubled in construction
      zones
      (http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/traveller/constructionzone.shtml)

    - Ontario re-uses and recycles aggregate construction materials to save
      energy, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and conserve natural materials

    - Since 2003, the McGuinty government has committed $12 billion in
      highways, roads and bridges and invested $7.4 billion in public
      transit.

    LEARN MORE

    Learn more about the High Occupancy Vehicle Lane Network Plan
(http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/hov.shtml). More than 450 kilometres of HOV lanes
will be added to 400-series highways spanning the Greater Golden Horseshoe
over the next 25 years.
    Find information on road conditions, construction projects and see cameras
(http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/traveller/trip/) on major highways. Or call
the ministry's road information line at 416-235-4686, toll-free at
1-800-268-4686.

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                 ONTARIO MAKES RECORD INVESTMENT IN HIGHWAYS

    Ontario is investing more than $2.4 billion in 2009 to create construction
jobs, improve traffic flow and keep highways, roads and bridges safe.
    Highlights from the 2009 construction plan include:

    Widening
    -  Highway 401 between Highway 410 and Hurontario Street in Mississauga.
    -  Queen Elizabeth Way from six to eight lanes with High Occupancy
       Vehicle (HOV) lanes in Burlington - from Guelph Line to Burloak Drive.
    -  401 from four to six lanes from Windsor to Tilbury as part of the
       Border Infrastructure Fund project.
    -  Construction of the Merritt Road Bridge, the first phase of the
       Highway 406 twinning project from Port Robinson Road to East Main
       Street in Welland.

    Extending
    -  Highway 410 from Mayfield Road to Highway 10 in Brampton.
    -  Highway 404 from Green Lane to Ravenshoe Road with advance
       construction of the Mount Albert Road overpass in York Region.

    Repairing

    -  Hogg's Hollow Bridges carrying Highway 401 express lanes in Toronto.
    -  Highway 400 from Highway 93 to Forbes Road in the County of Simcoe,
       including resurfacing and bridge repairs.
    -  Highway 6 from Arthur to Mount Forest, including road construction,
       bridge work and new passing lanes.
    -  Highway 17 between Pembroke and Renfrew in the County of Renfrew,
       including resurfacing and bridge work.

    The Ministry of Transportation works with contractors to develop
construction schedules that reduce the impact of highway projects on drivers
and businesses:

    -  Much of the construction work in high volume urban areas is done at
       night and during off-peak hours.
    -  The ministry coordinates with municipalities so that major local and
       provincial projects do not cause bottlenecks.
    -  Lanes on major highways are kept open during peak periods and lane
       closures are avoided during busy traffic times and on summer weekends.
    -  The ministry provides advance notice of many lane closures through
       roadside signage and by advising the traffic-reporting media.

    LEARN MORE

    Find information on road conditions, construction projects and see cameras
(http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/traveller/trip/) on major highways. Or call
the ministry's road information line at 416-235-4686, toll-free at
1-800-268-4686.

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For further information:

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

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