Big changes are now underway for parts of Ontario’s major highways. According to a report by Durham Radio News, an Ontario Highway 407 East extension is scheduled to begin during the spring and summer season of 2019. The company behind the project, Blackbird Infrastructure Group, revealed their plans for the highway this week while stating that motorists can expect to see a lot of changes and new milestones for the roads.
The extensions will feature a connection from the 407 East from Taunton Road in Hampton to Highway 35/115 along with a project that will extend Highway 418 south from Taunton Road to Highway 401, both of which are scheduled to open the public in 2020, Durham Radio News reports.
Big changes are also coming to North America's busiest highway, Ontario Highway 401. Canadian construction company Aecon Group Inc. announced early this month that it had stuck a new deal for a Highway 401 expansion project. Over $639 million was awarded to the project, which aims to widen the congested highway. The expansion will focus on an estimated 18-kilometre reconstruction and widening project for the highway in the western part of the Greater Toronto Area.
Meanwhile, the groundwork for Highway 407 will begin to take shape this month, with asphalt being laid at the end of May. The next move would be to start painting the pavement markings, as well as new signs and guard rails.
According to Blackbird Infrastructure Group, commuters who travel close to the interchange with Highway 401 will definitely see some notable changes. New bridges will be installed, and several new ramps are expected to open towards the end of May just north of Highway 401 at the Highway 418 interchange.
As for as inconveniences go, traffic will be switched over to the new Highway 2 bridge over Highway 418 near the end of May as work begins on the south side of Highway 418’s interchange with Highway 2, located in Courtice. Highway 2 will be settled into its new alignment with two lanes in each direction come fall.
Two new ramps are also expected to open at Courtice Road and Highway 401 westbound early this summer with an eastbound ramp south of Highway 402 and Courtice Road scheduled to open by August.