Ontario to widen Highway 10 in Caledon



    McGuinty Government Taking Action To Reduce Congestion

    TORONTO, July 21 /CNW/ - Ontario plans to widen Highway 10 through
Caledon Village this summer to improve safety and traffic flow.

    
    Work includes:

    -   Widening Highway 10 from two to four lanes
    -   Replacing the Caledon Creek culvert crossing with a bridge
    -   Installing better lighting and upgrading traffic signals at the
        Highway 10 and Regional Road 24 intersection
    

    The government awarded the $7.9-million construction contract to Aecon
Construction and Materials Limited of Toronto. The work is expected to be
complete in 2009. To minimize inconvenience to drivers, work will be completed
in stages. During construction, two lanes of traffic will be maintained on
Highway 10. Short-term lane restrictions may be required at times. To protect
fish habitat construction work in or near Caledon Creek will only occur
between July 1 and September 15. Tree plantings and landscaping along the
creek will also take place to preserve the natural environment.

    QUOTES

    "The McGuinty government is taking action to keep traffic flowing
smoothly on this heavily travelled stretch of highway," said Transportation
Minister Jim Bradley (http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/about/minister.htm).
"Better roads improve safety, create jobs and encourage economic growth to
keep communities strong."

    
    QUICK FACTS

    -   More than 21,000 drivers use this section of highway each day.

    -   The province's $400-million Municipal Roads and Bridges Fund -
        announced in the 2008 Ontario Budget - is helping municipalities
        invest in critical projects across the province. Funding is
        distributed based on the municipalities' share of Ontario's road
        network in relation to population.

    -   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 (http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/pubs/nhp2007/index.html) for
Southern Ontario.

    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.


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

    
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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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