OTA: Hwy 401 Expansion Will Yield Major Economic Benefits for Ontario and Canada

The Ontario Trucking Association says today’s announcement by the governments of Canada and Ontario to widen Highway 401 from six to 10 lanes through the Cambridge area will relieve congestion, boost the economy and help ensure the safe and reliable movement of essential goods along Canada’s busiest highway and critical trade corridor.

“Highway 401 is a lifeline for travel and the movement of goods throughout our province and that’s why we are making historic investments to expand and modernize it,” said Caroline Mulroney, Minister of Transportation. “Together with our federal partners, we are investing in these critical infrastructure projects to drive economic growth and create jobs during these extremely difficult times.”

The highway will be widened from six to 10 lanes between Hespeler Road and Townline Road. Construction on the project, which includes High Occupancy Vehicle lanes, is expected to begin later this year.

“Investments in modern transportation infrastructure are important to building strong communities and thriving businesses,” said Catherine McKenna, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities. “The widening of Highway 401 in Cambridge … will make it easier and safer for Ontarians and local businesses to get to their destination. With our partners, we’re building transportation networks that support a strong economy, and the safe movement of people and goods.”

The announcement will help attract business investment to Ontario, added OTA president Stephen Laskowski.

“Having more certainty with regards to traffic flow is a critical aspect of supply-chain investment,” he said. “This stretch of highway is used by trucks from across Canada and North America to move Ontario’s imports and exports. Trucking companies and drivers are thrilled by this announcement, as are their customers.

“This announcement is yet another example of the leadership Queen’s Park and Ottawa have shown throughout the COVID-19 crisis and we are proud of the recognition the trucking sector has received as the backbone of the economy.”

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