Drivers can travel free on these province-owned roads until New YearSteven Del Duca, Minister of Transportation
The highway will be open from Brock Road in Pickering to Harmony Road in Oshawa. Highway 412, which connects Highway 407 and Highway 401, will also open. There will be a toll-free period on the new Highways 407 and 412 until the New Year, allowing drivers to travel on these roads free of charge. Following that, tolls will be in place, a government statement said.
The second and final construction phase will include extending Highway 407 from Harmony Road to Highway 35/115, and Highway 418 connecting Highway 407 to Highway 401. This final section will be built by 2020, with an interim opening from Harmony Road to Taunton Road at Highway 418 by late 2017.
$160 billion project
Steven Del Duca, Minister of Transportation, said: “The new Highway 407 will not only encourage economic opportunities for the Durham Region but will also provide an alternate route for commuters and travellers. Completing this section of highway is proof of our government’s commitment to making the daily commute and quality of life better for Ontario families.”
The Highway 407 East Project is part of the largest infrastructure investment in Ontario’s history — about $160 billion over 12 years, which is supporting 110,000 jobs every year across the province, with projects such as roads, bridges, transit systems, schools and hospitals. In 2015, the province announced support for more than 325 projects that will keep people and goods moving, connect communities and improve quality of life.
Bob Chiarelli, Minister of Infrastructure, said: “Our government is pleased that we could complete this critical piece of infrastructure that will serve residents of the Durham Region for years to come. This project, part of the largest infrastructure investment in our history, not only supported local construction jobs, but will deliver an important new highway link for the province. We are pleased to provide the people of Ontario a new option for commuting and travelling.”
The Highway 407 East Project is comprised of three highways; these are Highway 407, Highway 412 (formerly known as the West Durham Link) and Highway 418 (formerly known as the East Durham Link).
Construction has started and will continue until 2020, when Highway 407 is open to traffic at Highway 35/115 in Clarington and the two connecting highways from Highway 407 to Highway 401 are completed. As announced, there is a seamless plan to extend Highway 407 from Brock Road in Pickering to Highway 35/115
- Highways 407 and 412 are publicly owned tolled highways. The province is responsible for setting and regulating the tolls, which will not be higher than tolls on Highway 407 ETR. The province will establish customer service standards and retain the toll revenue.
- Tolls and fees will remain in effect for the existing privately operated 407 ETR west of Brock Road.
- Motorists who drive on Highways 407 ETR, 407, and 412 will use one transponder and receive one invoice making the tolling process seamless. – CINEWS