Road Improvements Planned For The QEW

    New Pavement, Interchange And Lighting For Busy Commuter Route

    MISSISSAUGA, ON, Sept. 5 /CNW/ - The McGuinty government is improving
safety and traffic flow on the Queen Elizabeth Way (QEW) in Mississauga,
Transportation Minister Donna Cansfield announced today.
    "This section of the QEW is a busy commuter route with more than 172,000
vehicles using it daily," said Cansfield. "Our government is building a better
highway to help commuters and residents in the Mississauga area spend less
time in traffic and more time with family and friends."

    Improvements include:

    -   Rebuilding the QEW and Hurontario Street interchange by replacing the
        bridge deck and upgrading the interchange ramps to improve road
    -   Repaving a six kilometre stretch from Mississauga Road to Dixie Road
        for a smoother driving surface
    -   Adding a new noise barrier wall and landscaping along the corridor
    -   Installing new lighting to improve nighttime visibility
    -   Replacing or adding culverts to improve drainage.

    A new sidewalk will also be built along the east side of Hurontario
Street and the existing tunnel under the QEW will be extended to allow
pedestrians to cross safely under the highway.
    The government awarded the $35.9-million contract to Dufferin
Construction Company of Oakville. Work should be complete by fall of 2009.
Construction will be completed in stages to minimize disruption to drivers and
pedestrians. At times, lane and ramp closures may be required at night. The
ministry will post signs in advance to prepare drivers for closures and
    "This work is great news for Mississauga residents," added Cansfield.
"These changes will improve safety for drivers and keep traffic moving along
this busy commuter route."
    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. 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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