____ Posted Tuesday November 14, 2017 ____

Transportation and Disruption

Further Highway 401 upgrades in Cambridge set to start in 2018

Canada-Ontario funded project builds on widening already underway

Plans to widen another stretch of Highway 401 through Cambridge will be on display today (Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017), at the Hespeler Memorial Arena.

Work on the first phase of the project between Hespeler Road and Townline Road is set to start in 2018. Widening to 10 lanes is scheduled to be complete in 2021.

The governments of Canada and Ontario are investing in Highway 401 to build safer, stronger and more efficient traffic corridors, to improve traffic flow for all motorists. The Government of Canada is contributing $96 million to the Hespeler-Townline project. Ontario is responsible for all remaining costs.

“Highway 401 is a key economic driver in southern Ontario – and it passes right through Cambridge. Improving the highway is critical to the Cambridge economy and the provincial economy,” said Kathryn McGarry, MPP Cambridge.

The project continues a $121.7 million Highway 401 widening project between Highway 8 and Hespeler Road. That work started in 2015 and is on track to finish in summer 2019.

“We will continue to do all we can to keep traffic morning through construction. This will be short-term pain for long-term gain to improve safety and traffic flow through Cambridge,” McGarry said.

Work starting in 2018 includes replacing the Franklin Boulevard bridge and work on an active transportation corridor across Highway 401.

Starting in 2019, work is scheduled to include highway widening, replacing the Hespeler Road bridge, reconstruction of the Hespeler Road interchange, and expansion of the commuter parking lot at Townline Road.

The public information centre will be held inside the Hespeler Memorial Arena, Gallery Room, 640 Ellis Road West., Cambridge. Doors will be open 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

For information about the project, click on www.highway401-hespeler-townline.ca.





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