McGuinty Government On Track With 407 East Extension Review

    Recommended Highway Route Ready To Be Presented For Public Comment

    DURHAM, ON, June 25 /CNW/ - The Ontario government has reached the next
milestone in its environmental assessment study to extend Highway 407 east to
Clarington, Transportation Minister Donna Cansfield said today.
    "The McGuinty government understands how important it is to support
growing communities in Durham Region and Peterborough and that is why we are
moving forward with this project by releasing the recommended route for public
comment," said Cansfield. "This extension would reduce congestion across this
region, create thousands of jobs and help keep Ontario moving."
    The third round of Public Information Centre meetings will feature the
recommended highway route and obtain feedback from the public on June 26 and
27 and July 3, 4, and 10, 2007. The study is looking at extending Highway 407
and a transitway by 50 kilometres from Brock Road in Pickering to
Highway 35/115 in Clarington with two links to Highway 401.
    "Extending Highway 407 will support future growth in our community to
keep us strong and prosperous," added Pickering-Ajax-Uxbridge MPP Wayne
Arthurs. "The release of the recommended route for public comment brings us
another step closer to this much needed extension."
    The McGuinty government is working with federal, municipal and regional
partners on the environmental assessment. Construction could be completed by
2013, pending environmental approvals and property acquisition.
    "Durham Region needs an effective transportation network," noted
Cansfield. "Extending Highway 407 east to Clarington will improve safety and
traffic flow for many commuters traveling to such places as Pickering, Ajax,
Whitby and Clarington every day."
    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. On June 15, 2007, the McGuinty
government announced MoveOntario 2020, a $17.5 billion rapid transit plan for
the Greater Toronto Area and Hamilton. Improving our highways, roads and
public transit, keeps Ontario's economy strong.
    For more information about the public meetings, please visit the Ministry
of Transportation's project website at:

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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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