McGuinty Government Expands Highway 10

    Improvements Will Make Road Safer, More Efficient

    CALEDON, ON, Aug. 30 /CNW/ - The McGuinty government is making Highway 10
a safer, more efficient route for the residents and businesses of Orangeville
and Caledon, Transportation Minister Donna Cansfield announced today.
    "Over 22,000 drivers travel this busy section of highway every day," said
Cansfield. "Making the necessary improvements now will help address today's
traffic congestion and safety issues while preparing the community for
tomorrow's growth."
    Improvements to Highway 10 include:
      -  Adding two new lanes - one in each direction - for 7.7 kilometres
         between Caledon Village and Highway 9
      -  Repaving the existing lanes for a smoother drive
      -  Creating a continuous left-turn lane and adding right-turn lanes at
         four intersections to improve traffic flow
      -  Repairing and widening the Credit River South Bridge and replacing
         the Credit River North Bridge
      -  Installing better lighting at four intersections.

    The $23-million contract was awarded to Graham Brothers Construction of
Brampton and should be complete by 2009. Construction will be completed in
stages, with short-term lane closures to minimize disruption to drivers.
Highpoint Sideroad will be temporarily closed for about one month for repairs.
Signs will be posted in advance to notify drivers of these closures, and
temporary traffic signals will guide drivers through construction areas.
    Engineering consultants are currently preparing designs to widen Highway
10 from two to four lanes, plus additional left-turn lanes, through Caledon
Village. Pending the acquisition of all required properties, this second
project is expected to begin next spring.
    "The McGuinty government is delivering on its commitment to build safe
and reliable highways to meet the needs of our growing rural communities,"
added Cansfield. "Better roads improve safety, create jobs, encourage economic
growth and keep communities strong."
    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 road condition information on major highways in the area,
visit or 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: 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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