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DOWNSVIEW, Ont. — The Ministry of Transportation of Ontario (MTO) has provided more details in connection with Premier Mike Harris’ announcement last week of expanding the province’s highway network.

The plans include two new major highways and three extensions to existing roadways.

Brad Clark, the minister in charge of the MTO, says the ministry is considering the possibility of building a second span over the Detroit River in Windsor, Ont. That plan would involve international agreements.

Some of the new highways may be toll roads, and all require mandatory environmental assessments.

The plans include building another east-west highway across the city, north of Highway 407 and extending Highway 427. Another option is extending the 407 east, from Brock Rd. in Pickering to Hwys 35/115l. Hwy 404 may also be extended to link with Hwy 400 — a bypass may be added to reach Bradford.

The Niagara region may get a second highway which would network into Hwy. 403 near Burlington.

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