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TORONTO, Ont. - Ontario will invest $37 million to extend and widen Hwy. 404, which links Eastern Toronto to some of its northern neighbors.The announcement includes an extension from Davis Drive to G...


TORONTO, Ont. – Ontario will invest $37 million to extend and widen Hwy. 404, which links Eastern Toronto to some of its northern neighbors.

The announcement includes an extension from Davis Drive to Green Lane/Herald Road. It also includes an increase in the number of lanes on Hwy. 404, from four to six lanes between Major Mackenzie Drive and Aurora Road – a distance of 15.9 kilometres.

“Highway 404 is a vital route for commuters, tourists, and commercial vehicles traveling in and out of the GTA,” said Ontario Transport Minister David Turnbull.

“Once complete, these improvements will ease congestion and enhance road safety on the 404 corridor.”

The project’s first phase includes the widening between Major Mackenzie Drive and Bloomington Road. The second phase will see similar work between Bloomington Road and Aurora Road. And the final phase is a four-lane, 2.9-kilometre highway extension from Davis Drive to Green Lane/Herald Road.

All three phases should be completed by the end of 2001.

A provincial-municipal partnership between the Ministry of Transportation and York Region paved the way for the extension of Hwy. 404, as well as improvements to Highway 9.

“These road and highway enhancement projects will resolve many of the traffic problems in the northern part of York Region,” said York Regional Chair Bill Fisch.

This investment is part of the government’s five-year, $20-billion SuperBuild initiative. n


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