OAKVILLE, Ont. — The Ontario government is widening Queen Elizabeth Way (QEW) to create High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes, in an effort to ease congestion and get more people carpooling.
“Growing communities such as Oakville depend on efficient transportation systems,” said Transport Minister Donna Cansfield. “More than 165,000 drivers use this section of the QEW daily. This work will reduce congestion, enhance safety, support the local economy and promote carpooling and transit.”
The provincial government is widening the QEW from six to eight lanes to create an HOV lane in each direction from Third Line to Burloak Drive. The $88.7-million contract is expected to be completed by 2011.
HOV lanes are dedicated for buses and vehicles carrying more than one occupant. The lanes provide fast and more reliable travel particularly during peak travel periods when other lanes can be slow and congested.
Also planned is widening the QEW from six to eight lanes to create an HOV lane in each direction from Trafalgar Road to Third Line. Work will include repairing the existing 16 Mile Creek bridge and replacing the 4th Line underpass.
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