Highway 400 Road Repairs On The Way

    McGuinty Government Continues To Keep Ontario's Highways In Top Condition

    BARRIE, ON, Sept. 17 /CNW/ -


    The southbound lanes on Highway 400 from Forbes Road to Highway 11 in
Simcoe County, north of Barrie, will be repaved to improve road safety and
driving conditions.
    The $7.2-million construction contract was awarded to Walker Aggregates
Incorporated of Collingwood and is expected to be complete by July 2009.
During construction, southbound lanes on Highway 400 will be reduced to a
single lane and the speed limit will be reduced to 80 kilometres per hour.
However, to minimize the inconvenience to drivers, two lanes of traffic will
be available on weekends during the recreational season from May 15 to
September 2 of each construction season.
    Drivers are reminded that speeding fines and demerit points are increased
in areas where construction workers are present.


    "Making these repairs now will improve road safety and keep this highway
in first-rate condition for the 22,000 drivers who use this section of Highway
400 every day," said Transportation Minister Jim Bradley

    "Residents and visitors rely on Highway 400 for travel. That is why we
are making sure this highway is safe, reliable and well maintained," said
Barrie MPP Aileen Carroll


    -   To protect the people hard at work making roads safe for everyone,
        Ontario doubled the fine for speeding in a highway construction zone
        when workers are present. You can also be fined up to $500 and three
        demerit points for not obeying the sign of the traffic control

    -   Since 2003, the McGuinty government has committed approximately
        $9 billion in highways, roads and bridges and invested $7.4 billion
        in public transit.


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

    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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