Highway 7 Improvements Planned



    Major Changes To Improve Traffic Flow In Marmora

    MARMORA, ON, Aug. 20 /CNW/ - The McGuinty government is repaving, adding
new turning lanes and a truck-climbing lane to improve traffic flow along
Highway 7, Transportation Minister Donna Cansfield announced today.
    "This section of Highway 7 hasn't had major repairs since 1969," said
Cansfield. "These improvements will make the highway safer for people who live
in the communities of Marmora and Madoc and those who travel through the
area."

    
    Safety improvements include:

    -   A smoother ride from Marmora to Madoc on 11.5 kilometres of newly
        paved road
    -   A new truck-climbing lane east of Deloro Road to move eastbound
        trucks out of the way of regular traffic as they climb the hill on
        Highway 7
    -   Extending two existing westbound truck-climbing lanes at Marmora Mine
        Road and Booster Park Road to improve traffic flow
    -   Turning lanes at five locations along the highway to keep traffic
        moving
    -   A new intersection at Goat Hill Road
    -   Improving drainage: repairing or replacing culverts
    -   Upgrading lighting between Roscoe Street and the Crowe River Bridge
        to improve nighttime visibility.

    "This work is great news for my constituents," added
Hastings-Frontenac-Lennox and Addington MPP Leona Dombrowsky. "Over the last
10 years traffic in this area has grown - more than 7,000 drivers use this
section of Highway 7 daily. The improvements will improve road safety and
traffic flow."
    The $14.7-million contract was awarded to Bonnechere Excavating
Incorporated of Renfrew and is expected to be complete by fall 2008. During
construction, drivers on Highway 7 will occasionally have to share a single
lane, during the day, as directed by a flag-person. Drivers may also have to
travel on a gravel surface for short periods of time.
    Since 2003, the McGuinty government has committed $6.3 billion in
highways, roads and bridges and invested $4.9 billion in public transit,
including over $1.8 billion in GO Transit.
    For up-to-date information on highway construction and road conditions in
the area, 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: Media Contacts: Jamie Rilett, Minister's
Office, (416) 327-9134; Bob Nichols, Communications Branch, (416) 327-1158;
Public Inquiries: (416) 235-4686 (GTA), 1-800-268-4686 toll free,
1-866-471-8929 TTY

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