Roads & Paving
New stretch of 407 Highway opening in Durham Region
By Ontario Newsroom
Next phase of Highway 407 set to open this month.
By Ontario Newsroom
January 4, 2018 – The next phase of Highway 407 from Harmony Road to Taunton Road in Clarington set to open this month.
Steven Del Duca, Minister of Transportation, Jeff Leal, MPP for Peterborough, and Granville Anderson, MPP for Durham, were in Clarington to announce that the new section of Highway 407 is on track to open to traffic in early January 2018.
The first phase of the Highway 407 extension, which opened last year and included a new Highway 412, is already seeing approximately 40,000 vehicles per day, improving travel times across this growing region. The new addition of 9.6 kilometres to Highway 407, including two new interchanges, will allow even more commuters and families travel across the region faster.
The final phase, scheduled to open by 2020, will connect Highway 407 to Highway 35/115 and includes Highway 418, which will provide another north/south connection from Highway 407 to Highway 401.
Tolling on the new section will begin immediately upon opening. Toll rates for Highways 407 and 412 are lower than tolls on Highway 407 ETR. The province’s rates are, on average, approximately 15 per cent lower during off-peak periods, and approximately 30 per cent lower during peak periods, as compared to Highway 407 ETR.
Building new highways to get traffic moving is part of Ontario’s plan to create fairness and opportunity during this period of rapid economic change. The plan includes a higher minimum wage and better working conditions, free tuition for hundreds of thousands of students, easier access to affordable child care, and free prescription drugs for everyone under 25 through the biggest expansion of medicare in a generation.
“The opening of another stretch of Highway 407 will have a significant impact on improving the daily commute and quality of life for Ontario families. Our government is delivering on this key project that will provide Durham Region with an efficient alternate option for travelling, while simultaneously helping fund other key transportation infrastructure in this region and across the province,” stated Del Duca.