Highbury Avenue Interchange Gets An Upgrade

    McGuinty Government Preserves Road Safety

    TORONTO, July 21 /CNW/ -


    New traffic signals with energy-efficient LED (Light Emitting Diode)
lights will be installed during the refurbishment of the Highway 401 and
Highbury Avenue intersection in London this summer.

    Additional work includes:

    -   Repairing the bridge over Highway 401
    -   Improving the Highway 401 exit ramps to Highbury Avenue
    -   Repairing four kilometres of pavement on Highbury Avenue

    Ontario and the City of London are completing this $6.5-million
construction project. The contract was awarded to Lafarge Paving &
Construction Limited of London and should be completed by late fall 2008.
During construction, traffic on Highbury Avenue, through the interchange area,
will be reduced to a single lane in each direction. At times, the exit ramps
at Highway 401 will be closed. Signs will be posted in advance to notify
drivers of closures.


    "We are investing to keep Ontario's roads safe, create jobs and help
support the local economy," said Transportation Minister Jim Bradley
    "When the project is complete, the Highbury Avenue interchange will be
even safer and more reliable for area drivers," said Elgin-Middlesex-London
MPP Steve Peters.


    -   More than 30,000 drivers use this section of Highbury Avenue every

    -   Ontario is creating a sustainable transportation network
        (www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/transtek/roadtalk/rt13-2/rt13-2.pdf) by
        encouraging the use of new technologies and innovative approaches in
        all aspects of highway design and construction.

    -   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.


    Read the Ontario government's five-year investment plan in highway
construction 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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