TORONTO, ON – Highway 401, Canada’s busiest traffic corridor, is being widened from Mississauga’s Credit River to Regional Road 25 in Milton.
High Occupancy Vehicle Lanes are being added in each direction. The existing six lanes will be changed to 12 lanes from the Credit River to Winston Churchill Boulevard, 10 lanes from Winston Churchill to the interchange of Highway 407 and 401, 12 lanes from that interchange to the James Snow Parkway, and 10 lanes from that point to Regional Road 25.
Highway 401 in Peel and Halton Region, west of Toronto, handles 108,000 to 188,000 vehicles per day.
“A study by Metrolinx estimates that congestion on roads in the [Greater Toronto-Hamilton Area] costs commuters and businesses $6 billion in 2006,” noted Linda Jeffrey, mayor of Brampton, Ontario. “The province’s improvements to the 401 will help relieve congestion.”
“Morning and evening gridlock are the constant companion to western Mississauga motorists,” says Bob Delaney, MPP for Mississauga-Streetsville. “The widening and expansion of Highway 401 through northwest Mississauga will remove the bottleneck that slows eastbound morning traffic and the westbound drive home.”
A Request for Qualifications has been issued to design, build and finance the expansion.
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