Group wants to speed up plans for Niagara-GTA highway

NIAGARA FALLS, Ont. — Ontario’s Transport Minister wants to expedite the approval process for a new Niagara-GTA highway corridor, and has suggested a working group of industry and government to do just that.

According to the St. Catharines Standard, Donna Cansfield talked with local politicians this week about delays facing the proposed “mid-peninsula highway” through Niagara to the Greater Toronto.

Completion of the highway, if approved, is estimated to be 10 to 15 years away.

Erie-Lincoln Conservative MPP Tim Hudak arranged the meeting. In order to speed up the process, he and other politicians suggested
The government use information from a previous needs assessment, commissioned by the former Conservative government, to speed up Phase 1 of an environmental assessment scheduled to begin this fall.

The meeting also addressed problems with QEW congestion and the effect on tourism, the Standard reported.

The minister responded by suggesting a working group to examine those issues, said Hudak.

— from the St. Catharines Standard

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