Ontario expanding Highway 427
By Andrew Macklin
March 3, 2016 – Ontario is moving forward with its plans for the expansion of Highway 427 in the Greater Toronto Area.
The province has released a request for proposals to three shortlisted bidders to extend Highway 427 by 6.6 kilometres (km) from Highway 7 to Major Mackenzie Drive. The highway will also be widened for about 4 km south of Albion Road to Highway 7. Construction is expected to begin in 2017 and the road will be open to traffic in 2020.
“The Highway 427 Extension is another step forward in Vaughan’s transformation into a leading urban centre,” says Maurizio Bevilacqua, Mayor of Vaughan. “The completion of this new transportation route will greatly improve the flow of goods and services, and provide a new connection for our citizens and businesses. I thank the province for their investment in our community and their commitment to ensuring that our transportation system grows to meet the needs of our changing city. “
High Occupancy Toll (HOT) lane infrastructure will be included in the construction work. A 15.5 km stretch of dedicated HOT lanes with electronic tolling in both directions on Highway 427, from south of Highway 409 to north of Rutherford Road, will open in 2021.
A request for qualifications issued in July 2015 shortlisted the top three teams based on their construction capability, experience, qualified personnel and financial capacity to deliver a project of this size and scope.
The three teams short-listed to respond to a request for proposals for the project are: Blackbird Infrastructure Group, 427 Link-PAW and Link 427-AM.