Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Part of Hwy. 410 being widened to 10 lanes

Brampton commuters can expect construction along their usual route as the province announced plans to widen part of Hwy. 410 from six to 10 lanes.

Transportation Minister Steven Del Duca outlined a multimillion-dollar plan on Tuesday to improve Hwy. 410.

“It will create or sustain approximately 1,567 jobs, and it’s expected to be completed by the end of 2018,” he said.

The plan involves widening a 12-kilometre portion of Hwy. 410 — stretching from just south of Hwy. 401 to Queen St. — from its current six lanes to 10 lanes.

One high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lane in each direction will be added.

The Hwy. 401-403-410 interchange will see two new ramps constructed as well. The contract — worth $156.7 million — was awarded to Aecon Construction and Materials Ltd.

“This important project will help traffic flow and help keep people and goods moving safely and efficiently on our highways,” Del Duca said.

He said the ministry has observed more people using HOV lanes and saving time, “particularly during peak rush hour.”

He warned that a “major” construction project of this nature will have “some impact” on traffic.
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