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Province moves forward in 407 construction

New portion stretches through Durham region

The province is moving forward in its construction of the 407 east in Durham region.

The 22 km stretch would run from Harmony Road in Oshawa to Highway 35/115 in Clarington.

The Transportation Minister was in Ajax Tuesday, releasing a request for proposals for the new stretch of highway.

Glen Murray says the project is moving forward on time, with the first portion expected to open in 2017 and the rest in 2020.

This portion of the 407 will be publicly owned, meaning the toll money will go towards the province.

Murray stresses its important to get this done to relieve congestion on the 401.

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  1. Ernie posted on 04/15/2014 02:21 PM
    Im surprised that Murray didn't push for transit instead on that section of highway

    Then he could use the gas tax at 7.5 cents per liter to fund it !
  2. justsaying posted on 04/15/2014 02:55 PM
    The 22 km stretch would run from Harmony Road in Oshawa to Highway 35/115 in Clarington.
    Ok - I don't live anywhere near this highway extension but have to ask - Is there that much traffic between Oshawa and Clarington that we need to spend how much $$ to erect a duplicate highway to the 401 and charge for it?

    Is there really that much vehicular traffic to warrant this?
    1. Pedro posted on 04/15/2014 05:03 PM
      @justsaying @Justsaying - In my opinion, current traffic from Harmony to 35/115 does not justify the extension. But I suspect the extension is needed for two reasons:
      1. Increased future traffic (This would probably be a first for Ontario to do build something in anticipation of teh need); and
      2. Provide proper relief for other traffic to get east so they are more likely to make use of the 407 and thereby relieve the pressure on 401 from Toronto to Ajax.

      Since I don't know whatthe total cost will be, I do not offer an opinion on whether this is worth the cost.
    2. G Man posted on 04/15/2014 06:51 PM
      @justsaying Yes, there sure is, at least in the summertime. There is a huge number of cars headed east to the Kawarthas, or east then south to the 401 to Kingston and parts further east. The 407 is much less congested than the 401 on long weekends.
  3. Angry Bill posted on 04/16/2014 09:50 AM
    How long do you think it'll take them to sell THIS portion of the 407 to a foreign consortium for a song, so it will continue to be the most expensive toll road in the entire world?
    1. Karl Burgin posted on 04/17/2014 09:51 AM
      @Angry Bill This maybe just me- but I now find ANY provincial liberal politician extremely annoying when they hold a press conference- or for that matter, as much as simply opening their mouth to talk- for any length of time.
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