Roads & Paving
$616-million Highway 427 expansion underway in Vaughan
By Andrew Snook
May 2, 2018 – The $616-million Highway 427 expansion project in Vaughan officially got underway on May 1.
The project will extended the highway by 6.6 kilometres from Highway 7 to Major Mackenzie Drive, and widen to 8 lanes from Finch Avenue to Highway 7.
Kathryn McGarry, Minister of Transportation, and Steven Del Duca, MPP for Vaughan, were in Vaughan to break ground on the project.
“Our highway infrastructure is vital to Ontario’s economy,” McGarry said. “Expanding Highway 427 will help keep people and businesses in York and Peel Region moving. Less time spent in traffic, means people have more time to do the things that are important to them – our government is committed to helping businesses and families in their daily lives.”
When the expansion is completed in 2021, High Occupancy Toll (HOT) lanes with electronic tolling will also be installed on Highway 427 in both directions from south of Highway 409 to north of Rutherford Road — approximately 15.5 kilometres. No existing general purpose lanes will be removed to accommodate HOT lanes, Ontario’s Ministry of Transportation stated.
“As a 31-year resident of Vaughan, I know how important the Highway 427 expansion is to this rapidly-growing community,” Del Duca said. “This extension of the highway to Major Mackenzie Drive will save precious time for many local commuters who deserve to spend less time stuck in traffic and more time with family and friends.”
The average daily traffic on Highway 427 between Finch Avenue and Highway 407 ETR is expected to grow from approximately 115,000 vehicles per day to more than 137,000 by 2021.
“Today is a momentous occasion as we break ground on another important city-building project that will significantly benefit the citizens and businesses of Vaughan,” Bevilacqua said. “The Highway 427 expansion will improve the flow of traffic as well as goods and services in the Vaughan Enterprise Zone, one of the most valuable employment areas in the GTA. It will further connect communities and get people where they need to go in a faster, more efficient way. I am grateful to our government partners who continue to help advance our common agenda to enhance transportation in Vaughan.”
Source: Ontario Newsroom.