Highway 407 East Extension Creates Thousands of Jobs

Highway 407 East Extension Creates Thousands of Jobs

Here are the highlights of Highway 407 East Extension:

  • create about 13,000 jobs in the first phase which is the extension of Highway 407 East to Harmony Road in Oshawa by 2015
  • phase two of the extension: to Highway 35/115 in Clarington will be complete by 2020, with an interim interchange at Taunton Road for the East Durham Link by 2017
  • relieve congested areas of Highway 401
  • improve traffic flow
  • better serve residents and businesses along the highway route

Ontario, Canada: Newsroom

News Release

March 10, 2011 10:15 AM

Highway 407 East Extension To Be Completed By 2020

McGuinty Government Creating 13,000 Jobs, Strengthening Ontario’s Economy

The extension of Highway 407 East to Harmony Road in Oshawa by 2015, and then to Highway 35/115 by 2020, will help relieve highway congestion and create about 13,000 jobs in the first phase alone.

The first phase of construction was originally planned from Brock Road in Pickering to Simcoe Street in Oshawa. This will now be extended further to Harmony Road by 2015 to improve traffic flow.

Phase two of the extension to Highway 35/115 in Clarington will be complete by 2020, with an interim interchange at Taunton Road for the East Durham Link by 2017.

The 407 East Extension will better serve residents and businesses along the highway route, relieve congested areas of Highway 401 – Canada’s busiest highway – and allow for efficient movement of goods and people across Ontario.

This is part of the government’s Open Ontario plan to create jobs and strengthen the economy.

QUOTES

“I’ve been meeting with community groups and representatives, reviewing our plans for this highway and addressing local concerns. We’ve said all along that we would honour our commitment to extend the 407 East to Highway 35/115 and now we have a timetable to get it built.”

Kathleen Wynne
Minister of Transportation

“The McGuinty government is proceeding with the entire extension of Highway 407 East. This is a tremendous investment in the future of Peterborough and the surrounding area. The economic spin-offs for local residents will greatly add to our quality of life.”

Jeff Leal
MPP Peterborough

“The 407 East will serve communities along the highway route like those in the Township of Brock and the City of Kawartha Lakes, helping open our region for business while relieving congested areas of Highway 401 and improving the movement of goods and people across Ontario.”

Rick Johnson
MPP Haliburton – Kawartha Lakes – Brock

QUICK FACTS

  • Highway 407 East will remain a publicly owned asset that will increase in value over time.
  • A historic amount of $2.7 billion was invested in 2010 in Ontario’s roads, highways and bridges

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CONTACTS

Kelly Baker
Minister’s Office
416-327-1815
kelly.baker@ontario.ca

Ministry of Transportation
ontario.ca/transportation

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