McGuinty Government To Widen Highway 3

    Essex County Drivers To Benefit From A Wider, Safer Highway

    ESSEX, ON, Aug. 28 /CNW/ - The McGuinty government is widening Highway 3
from Essex Road 34 to Essex Road 8, Essex MPP Bruce Crozier announced today on
behalf of Transportation Minister Donna Cansfield.
    "As a longtime advocate for widening Highway 3, I'm pleased that everyone
who lives, works or commutes in the Essex area will benefit from this
investment," said Crozier. "Nearly 17,000 vehicles use this section of highway
every day. The additional lanes will mean a safer, more efficient route for
residents and commuters."
    This is the first of a three phase project that will ease traffic
congestion and improve road conditions and safety by widening 33 kilometres of
Highway 3 between Windsor and Leamington.

    Construction of Phase 1 includes 6.9 kilometres of improvements from
    Talbot Road (Essex Road 34) to Maidstone Avenue (Essex Road 8),

      - Widening Highway 3 from two to four lanes to improve traffic flow

      - Installing new lighting at several locations for safer nighttime

      - Adding turning lanes and replacing traffic signals at Essex Road 8
        and Essex Road 19 to make these intersections safer

      - Planting snow hedges along the highway to reduce drifting and blowing

    "Our communities have been waiting for this and today we are seeing the
first important step in the needed improvements and expansion of one of our
most critical transportation corridors in Essex County," said Essex County
Warden Nelson Santos. "Essex County drivers will benefit greatly from this
wider and safer highway."
    "Traffic along this section of Highway 3 has increased by more than 30
per cent over the past 10 years," added Transportation Minister Donna
Cansfield. "Widening Highway 3 will keep traffic moving, prepare for future
population growth and boost this area's economic advantage."
    The $20.7-million contract was awarded to Coco Paving of Windsor and
should be completed by fall 2008. During construction, one lane of traffic on
Highway 3 will be maintained in each direction at all times. Short-term road
closures will also be required at Ellis Road, Malden Road and at Essex Roads
8, 19 and 34. Signs will be posted in advance to notify drivers of these
    The second phase of this project will include the widening of Highway 3
from two to five lanes for 6.4 kilometres from Essex Road 11 to Essex Road 34.
Design work for Phase 2 will begin this fall.
    Since 2003, the McGuinty government has committed $6.3 billion in
highways, roads and bridges and invested $4.9 billion in public 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

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