The province is making a few strides when it comes to expanding Highway 427.
The province has released a request for proposals to three shortlisted bidders to extend Highway 427 by 6.6 kilometres from Highway 7 to Major Mackenzie Drive.
The highway will also be widened for about 4 kilometres south of Albion Road to Highway 7.
Transportation Minister Steven Del Duca says the expansion will create jobs and support economic growth and development in the Greater Toronto Area. “Our government is moving forward with extending Highway 427, creating jobs and opportunities for residents and businesses living and working in the region. This is further proof of our government’s commitment to making the daily commute and quality of life better for Ontario families.” Del Duca told a Thursday morning press conference.
Construction is expected to begin in 2017 and the road will be open to traffic in 2020.
High Occupancy Toll lane or “HOT” infrastructure will be included in the construction work.
A 15.5 kilometre stretch of dedicated HOT lanes with electronic tolling in both directions on Highway 427, from south of Highway 409 to north of Rutherford Road, will open in 2021.
Expanding Highway 427 is part of the largest infrastructure investment in Ontario’s history — about $160 billion over 12 years, which is supporting 110,000 jobs every year across the province, with projects such as roads, bridges, transit systems, schools and hospitals.
In 2015, the province announced support for more than 325 projects that will keep people and goods moving, connect communities and improve quality of life.