Commuters travelling in the east will have another option to get to their destinations.
The first section of the new Highway 407 in Durham Region will officially open on Monday, June 20.
Lanes will be open between Brock Road in Pickering to Harmony Road in Oshawa.
Highway 412, which will run north/south between Highways 407 and 401 is also scheduled to open.
The Ministry of Transportation says there will be a toll-free period on the new portion of the 407 and the 412 until the new year. In 2017, drivers will be charged tolls.
Only one transponder will be required and a single invoice will be mailed out to customers.
The second phase, which will see Highway 407 extended from Harmony Road to Highway 35/115, and Highway 418 connected to Highways 407 and 401, is expected to be fully completed by 2020.
“The new Highway 407 will not only encourage economic opportunities for the Durham Region but will also provide an alternate route for commuters and travelers. Completing this section of highway is proof of our government’s commitment to making the daily commute and quality of life better for Ontario families.” – Steven Del Duca, Minister of Transportation
“Our government is pleased that we could complete this critical piece of infrastructure that will serve residents of the Durham Region for years to come. This project, part of the largest infrastructure investment in our history, not only supported local construction jobs, but will deliver an important new highway link for the province. We are pleased to provide the people of Ontario a new option for commuting and travelling.” – Bob Chiarelli, Minister of Infrastructure
“The Highway 407 East Project will create opportunities for economic growth and development in the region. Since breaking ground in 2010, the project created 13,000 jobs. When it opens, it will help keep families and goods moving. This is great for the region, which continues to grow.” – Joe Dickson, MPP for Ajax-Pickering