McGuinty Government Improves Highway 12

    New Pavement, Turning Lanes And Carpool Lot For Busy Stretch Of Highway

    SIMCOE COUNTY, ON, Aug. 28 /CNW/ - The McGuinty government is repaving
and adding turning lanes along Highway 12 to improve safety and traffic flow,
Transportation Minister Donna Cansfield announced today.
    "More than 8,600 drivers use this stretch of Highway 12 every day," said
Cansfield. "Our government is making sure everyone can travel safely through
this area."

    Improvements include:

    -   Repaving an 18.8-kilometre stretch of Highway 12 from Prices Corners
        to Coldwater for a smoother driving surface
    -   Adding new turning lanes on Highway 12 at various intersections
        including Simcoe Road 23, Moonstone Road and Warminister Sideroad and
        a new 2.5-kilometre eastbound truck climbing lane just west of
        Warminster to keep traffic moving
    -   Adding a new carpool lot at Lower Big Chute Road near Highway 12 to
        encourage people to carpool
    -   Replacing the deck and girders on the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR)
        bridge in the Township of Oro Medonte to keep it in top condition
    -   Widening lanes and shoulders, upgrading intersection lighting and
        adding new traffic signals to improve safety and driving conditions.

    The government awarded the $20.4-million contract to K.J. Beamish
Construction Company Limited of King City. Work should be completed by fall
2008. During construction, drivers on Highway 12 will occasionally have to
share a single lane as directed by either a flag person or temporary traffic
    "This section of highway hasn't had major repairs since 1978," added
Cansfield. "Once this work is complete, Highway 12 will be a better road for
residents and visitors using it daily."
    Since 2003, the McGuinty government has committed $6.3 billion to
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: 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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