McGuinty Government Planning Major Improvements For Highway 404

    Getting Ready For York Region's Future

    EAST GWILLIMBURY, ON, Aug. 24 /CNW/ - The McGuinty government is
delivering on its commitment to extend Highway 404 and improve safety and
traffic flow for drivers in York Region, Transportation Minister Donna
Cansfield announced today.
    "Over the last five years, traffic on Highway 404 has steadily
increased," said Cansfield. "We have 35,000 vehicles using this highway every
day. This important work will keep traffic moving and support future economic
development in this area."
    A $2.6-million contract was awarded to Toronto Zenith Contracting Limited
of Concord to build a northbound bridge over Green Lane. Work should be
complete by the end of this year. During construction, temporary closures on
some of the ramps at the Green Lane interchange will be required. To minimize
inconvenience to motorists, the work will be scheduled during non-peak hours.
Signs will be posted in advance to warn drivers of the closures.
    This is the first of a series of projects to extend Highway 404 north to
East Gwillimbury. Over the next five years, Highway 404 will be extended by
13 kilometres from Green Lane to Ravenshoe Road. The existing Green Lane
partial interchange will also be upgraded to include new ramps to the north,
and new interchanges will be built at Queensville Sideroad and Woodbine
Avenue. New bridges will carry Highway 404 traffic over Mount Albert Road and
Boag Road and Doane Road traffic over Highway 404.
    "The McGuinty government is delivering on its commitment to build safe
and reliable highways to meet the needs of growing communities, such as Sharon
and Queensville," added Cansfield.
    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.
    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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