New Lanes Open on Major Brampton Highway
You’ve probably already noticed the change during your Tuesday commute — two new lanes are open on Hwy. 410 in Brampton.
"Investing in our highway infrastructure is vital to Ontario's economy,” said Minister of Transportation Steven Del Duca.
The lanes run from Hwy. 401 to Queen St. and the province is aiming to improve traffic flow and get commuters and families moving.
Between 175,000 and 215,000 vehicles use this section of Hwy. 410 every day, according to the province.
The transportation minister was in the city alongside Mississauga-Brampton South MPP Amrit Mangat and Brampton West MPP Vic Dhillon on Tuesday morning.
"The addition of two new lanes is a huge milestone in this vital project that will help families and businesses in this community,” said Mangat.
“This progress demonstrates our government's commitment to delivering on key infrastructure projects across Ontario."
The new northbound lane, from Courtney Park to south of Queen St., opened on Oct. 31, and the new southbound lane, from Queen St. to Hwy. 401, opened Nov. 28.
The provincial politicians were joined by Mayor Linda Jeffrey to officially open the new lanes - one in each direction - which bring this 12-kilometre portion of Hwy. 410 to a total of eight lanes.
"Transportation cannot be tackled by any one level of government. It must be coordinated and properly funded by all levels of government,” said Jeffrey, adding “the 410 is the main artery that connects jobs and investment and these two lanes help our existing industry attract investment and more efficiently move people and goods in, around and through our Region.”
Two more lanes will open in fall 2018, widening the highway to 10 lanes and creating or sustaining approximately 1,100 jobs.
The price tag for this project is $156.7 million.
“This stretch of Hwy. 410 already experiences a high volume of traffic and will only get busier as this region continues to grow,” said Del Duca.
“The addition of both HOV and general purpose lanes will help us manage congestion and improve mobility in the daily commutes of Ontarians travelling across the region."
Ontario is investing more than $2.5 billion to repair and expand provincial highways and bridges across the province, creating 17, 500 jobs.
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