Huge Change Coming to Major Highway in Mississauga
If you're one of the many Mississauga residents who has had to suffer in traffic on one of the province's busiest highways, you might be happy to hear that some relief (ideally) is on route.
The province recently announced that Ontario is moving forward on its promise to widen 18 km of Highway 401 in Mississauga and Milton. The widening will work to improve traffic flow and keep people and goods moving.
The province says the project will widen 18 kilometres of highway from the Credit River in Mississauga to Regional Road 25 in Milton.
"Traffic and congestion are among the biggest issues facing residents in Mississauga and the GTA. We know that congestion costs us billions each year, time away from our family and our lives, as well as great frustration from sitting in traffic, not to mention the significant negative impact on our environment from thousands of idling cars and trucks," says Kathryn McGarry, Minister of Transportation.
"The 401 is an important economic corridor, especially through Mississauga and Milton, that moves people and goods to domestic and international markets, and is vital to our local, provincial and national economies. Investments like these that build infrastructure, while breaking gridlock to get people where they need to go more quickly, while moving goods to market in a more timely way are critical to our future prosperity and will help workers, students, and businesses succeed."
The average daily traffic for Highway 401 in the Peel and Halton region is approximately 118,000 to 175,000 vehicles per day.
In 2017/18, Ontario is committing more than $2.5 billion to repair and expand provincial highways and bridges across the province.
"This stretch of highway is one of the busiest in the province and is vital to the movement of people and goods in Ontario and the United States," says Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie.
"Our government is committed to making the necessary infrastructure investments that sustain the economic growth in the GTA. Adding new lanes will keep traffic moving so businesses can get their products to market and people can get where they need to be sooner."