Expanding Highway 400 At King Road



    McGuinty Government Improving Ontario's Transportation Network

    TORONTO, April 17 /CNW/ -

    NEWS

    Ontario is widening a section of Highway 400 to make room for future High
Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes and rebuilding the King Road interchange. The
project will ease congestion and improve safety on the entry and exit ramps.
    Work on Highway 400 will take place in both directions from 1.1
kilometres south to 1.6 kilometres north of King Road. The commuter parking
lot currently located in the southeast quadrant of the interchange will be
moved to the northeast quadrant, with space reserved for a future GO Transit
bus bay.
    The $35-million construction contract was awarded to Fermar Paving
Limited of Rexdale. Construction will wrap up in 2010. Lane closures on
Highway 400 are expected to cause minor delays. Drivers are reminded that
speeding fines are doubled in construction zones.

    QUOTES

    "This is a major investment in Ontario's highway network - one that looks
to the future while creating jobs, reducing congestion and helping fight
climate change now," said Transportation Minister Jim Bradley
(http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/about/minister.shtml).
    "This project will help make Highway 400 a safer place for transporting
goods and for travellers," said Oak Ridges-Markham MPP Helena Jaczek
(http://www.helenajaczek.ca/).

    
    QUICK FACTS

    -   Everyday approximately 100,000 drivers use this section of Highway
        400.
    -   Since 2003, the McGuinty government has committed $9 billion to
        highways, roads, and bridges, and invested $7.4 billion in public
        transit.

    LEARN MORE

    Read the Ontario government's highway investment plan for Southern
    Ontario
    (www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/pubs/highway-construction/index.shtml).

    Visit great Ontario travel destinations (http://www.ontariotravel.net/).

    Get up-to-date road condition information
    (http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/traveller/conditions/index.shtml) 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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