Highway 7 Road Improvements In The Works

    McGuinty Government Continues To Boost Road Safety In Ontario

    TORONTO, March 20 /CNW/ - Ontario plans to begin construction work to
improve safety and traffic flow on Highway 7 between Highway 7/115 and
Drummond Line, east of Peterborough, this spring.

    Work includes:
    -   Adding left-turn lanes at intersections along Highway 7 between Keene
        Road and Drummond Line and a second westbound left-turn lane at the
        intersection of Highway 7/115/Lansdowne Street/Television Road
    -   Creating a left-turn lane in the centre of the highway that drivers
        can access from both directions
    -   Lengthening the ramp from Highway 7/115 onto Highway 7

    The construction contract for $13.9 million was awarded to J&P Leveque
Brothers Haulage Limited of Bancroft and should be complete by the end of June
2009. Work will be completed in stages to minimize disruption to drivers.
During construction, traffic will occasionally be reduced to a single lane in
each direction during off-peak hours. Two lanes in each direction will be
restored at night, during all holidays and weekends. To keep workers and
drivers safe, the speed limit on this section of Highway 7 will be reduced
from 80 km/hr to 60 km/hr. The OPP will assist with traffic control when
construction at signalized intersections is required.


    "Ontario is investing a record amount of money in its highways, roads and
bridges to keep Ontario families safe," said Transportation Minister
Jim Bradley (http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/about/minister.htm).

    "These upgrades are a welcome announcement for Peterborough area
residents, visitors and businesses," said Peterborough MPP Jeff Leal
(http://www.premier.gov.on.ca/team/biography.asp?MPPID=29). "Keeping this
corridor in top condition will contribute to a higher level of driver safety."


    -   More than 20,000 vehicles use this highway daily.

    -   This section of Highway 7 is part of the Trans-Canada Highway and is
        a major east-west link for local, commuter, tourist, and commercial

    -   Since 2003, the McGuinty government has committed $6.3 billion in
        highways, roads and bridges and invested $5.6 billion in public


    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 winter road condition information
(http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/traveller/conditions/index.html) 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.
    Get on the road and visit great Ontario travel destinations

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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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