Brampton Board of Trade throws its support behind proposed Hwy. 413

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Published July 30, 2021 at 6:18 pm

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The Brampton Board of Trade (BBoT) made its voice heard with the City asked local businesses for input on the proposed Hwy. 413.

And the BBoT was quite clear with its message.

“The Brampton Board of Trade’s position on Hwy 413 is well established and clear: We support this critical infrastructure project, and know that our member businesses will benefit tremendously from the improvement in movement it will bring for goods and people.”

The BBoT says the business case for the proposed highway is strong. One 2012 study estimated it would bring a $1 billion annual boost to provincial GDP.

An average of 22,000 trucks carry $900 million of goods across the Hwy. 401 corridor every single day, so it is easy to understand how an additional highway that makes travel across the region quicker and easier would translate to large economic benefit.

They went on to say that the highway would be helpful to drawing business investment to the city.

It pointed to Oakville and the dense cluster of industry that surrounds the Hwy. 403/QEW junction.

Approving Hwy. 413 will offer many businesses a strong reason to invest in Brampton it said in its presentation.

The proposed route would run from the Hwy. 407/401 junction in northwest Mississauga to Hwy. 400, north of Mayfield Road.

Critics of the proposal believe the highway is unnecessary, as Hwy. 407 is underutilized, and would increase greenhouse gasses in the province.

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