Late last month, Ontario’s Ministry of Transportation halted work on a new six lane 400-series highway, that was being called GTA West or the 413, which would have linked Highway 400 in York Region (Vaughan) to Highway 401/407 in Halton.
The highway, with an estimated price tag of $5-billion, was to cut through part of the Greenbelt. It would have carried 300,000 vehicles per day by the year 2031.
The highway is well into Stage 2 of the project.
“The project will be reviewed and an update will be provided in spring 2016,” said a ministry statement. “With new emerging technologies and a steadfast commitment to protect our natural heritage in Ontario, including the Greenbelt, it is essential to have a forward looking plan when it comes to relieving congestion,” it said.
The announcement was applauded by environmental groups that were concerned over how this highway would impact the farms and protected land surrounding the new route.
Do you think the likely cancellation of the road is a bad idea? Where do you think an additional highway should be built in Ontario? What area desperately needs a high-speed multi-lane road?