Plans to expand Hamilton’s Highway 6 move forward
Published February 17, 2022 at 11:08 am
The Province of Ontario announced on Thursday (Feb. 17) that the long-awaited expansion of Highway 6 in Hamilton is moving forward, but it’s still a few years away.
According to a press release, the engineering firm, AECOM, has been tasked with devising preliminary designs and studies to prepare for the expansion.
The project will increase the number of lanes from two to four along the nine-kilometre stretch of Highway 6 between the 403 and Upper James.
“Our smart, targeted highway investments, like widening Highway 6 South in Hamilton, will better connect communities, create good-paying jobs and support the needs of a growing population,” said Caroline Mulroney, Minister of Transportation, in the release.
“Four-laning this corridor will improve the movement of people and goods while serving the national, regional and local economies.”
This stretch of Highway six is particularly vital to Hamilton’s John C. Munro International Airport, as it is the most direct route to the 403.
In recent years, the airport has grown into the biggest overnight express cargo airport in Canada and this expansion is intended to improve traffic flow and the movement of goods to and from the airport.
Starting this spring, the Province expects AECOM to consult with Indigenous communities, the City, the airport and local businesses starting this spring. Preliminary design work and studies are expected to wrap up by 2024.insauga's Editorial Standards and Policies advertising