100 Kilometres of New Lanes Officially Completed and Opened
TORONTO, September 19, 2007
Drivers throughout the GTA can expect less congestion and faster commutes as 407 ETR today announced the completion of a two-year project to add 100 kilometres of new lanes between Highways 401 and 404.
Opening in stages as construction progressed, the final 27 kilometres of new lanes, between Highways 401 and 410 in Peel Region, were completed ahead of schedule.
“This is great news for 407 ETR customers and good news for all drivers in the GTA,” said Antonio de Santiago, President and Chief Executive Officer of 407 ETR. “The opening of these lanes will increase traffic capacity through the busiest section of our highway by 33 percent – and that will also help relieve congestion on other public highways and roads.”
Building 100 kilometres of new lanes down the centre median of an existing six-lane freeway, handling over 400,000 trips on an average workday, is a big undertaking. The project required:
- 375,000 cubic metres of excavation
- 200,000 cubic metres of concrete
- 105,000 hours of labour
- 44 existing bridge structures widened
- 11 kilometres of storm sewer pipes
“We’re proud of our reputation for improving traffic flow before congestion becomes a problem,” said de Santiago. “Once again, we’ve opened new lanes ahead of schedule.”
407 ETR Concession Company Limited (“407 ETR”) is the operator and manager of Highway 407, which extends 108 kilometres east-west, just north of Toronto. 407 International Inc., the sole shareholder of 407 ETR, is owned by a consortium comprised of Cintra Concesiones de Infraestructuras de Transporte, Macquarie Infrastructure Group and SNC-Lavalin.
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