Three options for new mid-peninsula highway to be looked at (January 01, 2003)

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HAMILTON, Ont. – The provincial government says it has listened to the public and will study three routing options for a new superhighway through the Hamilton-Halton Region area.

In addition to the original plan for a new freeway connecting to Highway 407 in Burlington, the environmental assessment for the Mid-Peninsula Transportation Corridor will look at two other options.

One is a new road connecting to Highway 401 west of the Niagara Escarpment. The other option to be studied is widening Highway 403 through Hamilton and Burlington, connecting to the QEW and Highway 407.

The province says a new mid-peninsula superhighway is necessary for several reasons including the growth of cross-border trade and tourism; growing congestion on existing highways; and population growth in central Ontario.

Transport 2000, a transportation lobby group, says opposition to a new mid-peninsula highway “won’t go away by keeping it out of Burlington.” It believes the province is concentrating too much on building a new superhighway in the mid-peninsula area when it should also be looking at other transportation alternatives including expanding GO Train, VIA Rail and ferry services.

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