The 10-kilometre expansion of Highway 427 from Finch Avenue to Major Mackenzie Drive is being opened tomorrow.

“I am pleased to announce the new and widened sections of Highway 427 will be open to the public on September 18,” Transport Minister Caroline Mulroney said in a statement.

The expansion of Highway 427, which serves as a heavily-used commuter route to Vaughan and neighbouring communities, is expected to save commuters up to 25 minutes of total travel time for a two-way trip during peak periods compared to driving along parallel municipal roadways.

A 6.6-kilometre extension of the highway includes eight new lanes from Highway 7 to Rutherford Road and six new lanes to Major Mackenzie Drive. Three new interchanges at Langstaff Road, Rutherford Road and Major Mackenzie Drive have also been constructed to connect roadways without interruption.

A four-kilometre segment has also been widened to eight lanes from Finch Avenue to Highway 7 along with an upgraded full interchange at Highway 7.

The extension will have two interchanges near the Vaughan Intermodal Facility to accommodate Long Combination Vehicles, making it easier for trucks to manoeuvre.

One High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lane in each direction of Highway 427 has been added to further help improve traffic flow. The new northbound HOV lane will be located between Highway 409 and Rutherford Rd. The southbound HOV lane will start north of Rutherford Road and connect to an existing HOV lane south of Finch Ave.

“The Highway 427 expansion will greatly benefit the people of Vaughan-Woodbridge. Not only will it help take vehicles causing crippling gridlock off our local roads, but it will also make our community safer while reducing travel times for commuters and commercial vehicles,” said Michael Tibollo, MPP for Vaughan – Woodbridge. “Most of all, it means the creation of new opportunities like we have never seen before.”

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