More HOV Lanes On The Way - Next Stop, The QEW



    McGuinty Government Reducing Congestion By Promoting Carpooling

    OAKVILLE, ON, Aug. 14 /CNW/ - The McGuinty government is widening the
Queen Elizabeth Way (QEW) to create High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes to ease
congestion and get more people carpooling, Transportation Minister Donna
Cansfield announced today.
    "Growing communities such as Oakville depend on efficient transportation
systems," said Cansfield. "More than 165,000 drivers use this section of the
QEW daily. This work will reduce congestion, enhance safety, support the local
economy and promote carpooling and transit."
    The McGuinty government is widening the QEW from six to eight lanes to
create an HOV lane in each direction from Third Line to Burloak Drive. The
$88.7-million contract was awarded to Aecon Construction and Materials Limited
of Toronto and should be completed by 2011.
    "This is great news for Oakville residents," added Oakville MPP Kevin
Flynn. "Additional HOV lanes mean less traffic congestion, a shorter drive to
and from work and more time to spend with family and friends."
    HOV lanes are dedicated for buses and vehicles carrying more than one
occupant. The lanes provide fast and more reliable travel - particularly
during peak travel periods when other lanes can be slow and congested.

    
    Other improvements include:

    -   Reconstructing the Bronte Road interchange to improve road safety and
        operations
    -   Reconstructing and realigning Bronte Road to the east
    -   Building a new bridge at the QEW over the new realigned Bronte Road
    -   Installing heritage light poles and repairing the Bronte Creek Bridge
        to ensure this heritage structure remains in excellent condition
    -   Removing the service road interchange located west of Bronte Creek
    -   Relocating the commuter parking lot to the west of Bronte Road
    -   Adding lighting to improve nighttime visibility and safety.
    

    Also planned is widening the QEW from six to eight lanes to create an HOV
lane in each direction from Trafalgar Road to Third Line. Work will include
repairing the existing 16 Mile Creek bridge and replacing the 4th Line
underpass.
    To minimize disruption to drivers, construction will be completed in
stages. Short-term lane and ramp closures will be required. Every effort is
being made to minimize the impact on drivers. The ministry will post signs in
advance to prepare drivers for lane closures and detours.
    "HOV lanes are a proven success," noted Cansfield. "That's why we're
creating HOV lanes along this busy stretch of the QEW to ease congestion and
encourage carpooling and public transit use. We know that HOV lanes shorten
commute times significantly during morning and afternoon rush hour."
    This investment is part of the McGuinty government's five-year,      
$30-billion plus ReNew Ontario infrastructure investment plan.
    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 also launched 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 www.roadinfo.mto.gov.on.ca 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: Stephanie Kupiec, Minister's
Office, (416) 327-1837; 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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