Highway 409 road improvements in the works



    McGuinty Government Keeps Ontario's Roads Safe

    TORONTO, July 21 /CNW/ -

    NEWS

    This summer, major construction work is planned on Highway 409 in Toronto
to improve road safety.
    Work includes:

    
    -   Repaving Highway 409 for 4.7 kilometres from Highway 427 to Highway
        401
    -   Fixing 13 bridges - structure, wall and deck repairs - to keep these
        bridges in top condition
    -   Adding a new concrete median barrier, lighting, and upgrading traffic
        signals at various locations.
    

    The $64.8-million construction contract was awarded to Dufferin
Construction Company of Oakville. The work should be complete by late summer
2011. Construction will be done with extended nightly lane closures. Lanes
will be kept closed for 10 hours per night instead of eight so that more work
can be completed overnight. Drivers may experience delays and should seek
alternate routes. Signs will be posted in advance to prepare drivers for
closures.

    QUOTES

    "Highway 409 is an important link for drivers travelling between the
Toronto Pearson International Airport and the City of Toronto. These repairs
will improve road safety and help keep Ontario's economy strong," said
Transportation Minister Jim Bradley
(http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/about/minister.htm).
    "By upgrading Highway 409 we will improve safety for drivers and keep
traffic moving along this busy route," said Etobicoke North MPP Shafiq Qaadri.

    QUICK FACTS

    
    -   More than 90,000 drivers use this highway daily.

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

    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).

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

    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:

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

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