Repaving and Repairing Bridges on Highway 427

Toronto, July 19 /CNW/ - The McGuinty government is making Highway 427 from the Queen Elizabeth Way (QEW) to the 401 a better route for the thousands of commuters and commercial vehicles that use it every day, Transportation Minister Donna Cansfield announced today.

"Improving our highways, roads and public transit keeps Ontario's drivers safe and our economy strong," said Cansfield. "This is just one of many highway repair projects the McGuinty government is investing in to ensure Ontarians have safe, reliable roads and bridges now and in the future."

The $19.3 million improvement project includes repaving the southbound express lanes for 6.9 kilometres and repairing seven bridges. The bridge along the 427 carrying traffic over the Canadian Pacific rail lines will receive a complete deck replacement. In addition, the deck and/or underside of six bridges will be repaired: the Bloor Street underpass, Dundas Street underpass, North Queen Street overpass and three ramps on the 427 leading to the QEW.

Dufferin Construction Company of Oakville was awarded the contract, expected to be complete by November 2008. Construction will be done in stages behind a temporary concrete barrier during the day and with short-term lane closures at night. Signs will be posted in advance to warn drivers of lane closures.

"Making necessary improvements, such as repaving and repairing this section of Highway 427 will improve safety for residents and commuters in the Greater Toronto Area," added Cansfield. "The McGuinty government's record investments in both highways and public transit keep Ontario moving."

Since 2003, the McGuinty government has committed $6.3 billion in highways, roads and bridges and invested $4.9 billion in public transit, including over $1.8 billion in GO Transit. On June 15, 2007, the McGuinty government announced MoveOntario 2020, a $17.5-billion rapid transit plan for the Greater Toronto Area and Hamilton.

For up-to-date road condition information on major highways in the area, visit http://www.roadinfo.mto.gov.on.ca/ or call the ministry's road information line at 416-235-4686, or toll-free at 1-800-268-4686.