Major Road Repairs Planned For Highway 427



    Repairs Part Of McGuinty Government's Plan To Keep Ontario Infrastructure
    In Top Condition

    TORONTO, July 4 /CNW/ -

    NEWS

    The northbound express lanes, ten bridges and retaining walls on Highway
427 will be repaired this summer. This is the third of five projects worth
about $127 million needed to maintain Highway 427 - from the QEW to Highway
401 - in a good state of repair. The first project was completed in 2005; the
second will be finished in 2008.
    The $21.9-million construction contract was awarded to Brennan Paving &
Construction Limited of Markham and should be completed by 2010. 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. This will reduce the total number of nightly closures required
during the project. Drivers may experience delays and should seek alternate
routes. The eastbound ramp from the Queensway to Highway 427 will be closed
during the 2009 construction season. Signs will be posted in advance to
prepare drivers for closures and detours.

    QUOTES

    "Ontario is investing a record amount of money to keep major
transportation corridors - such as Highway 427 - in excellent condition," said
Transportation Minister Jim Bradley
(http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/about/minister.htm).

    "Highway 427 is a very busy commuter route. Ontario is making necessary
repairs to ensure our highways, roads and bridges are safe and reliable for
the commuters in my riding and across Toronto," said Etobicoke-Lakeshore MPP
Laurel Broten (http://www.premier.gov.on.ca/team/biography.asp?MPPID=43).

    "This highway is an important link for our community, providing access to
services, shops and other major roads. Investing in this stretch of highway
keeps people and goods moving safely," said Etobicoke Centre MPP Donna
Cansfield (http://www.mnr.gov.on.ca/en/About/2ColumnSubPage/226953.html).

    
    QUICK FACTS

    -   More than 300,000 drivers use this highway daily.

    -   Pre-cast concrete slabs will be used to complete some of the road
        repairs. This construction technique has quality benefits and should
        result in more durable and longer lasting repairs.

    -   Since 2003, the McGuinty government has committed $9.3 billion in
        highways, roads and bridges and 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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