Ontario Minister of Transportation Kathryn McGarry was in Mississauga on March 7 to announce the province has issued a request for proposals to design and widen 18 kilometres of Highway 401, from the Credit River in Mississauga to Regional Road 25 in Milton.
Widening the highway will relieve congestion, allow for more efficient transportation and flow of goods, and help accommodate continued population and employment growth in the region.
“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,” said McGarry. “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.”
“Traffic and congestion are among the biggest issues facing residents in Mississauga and the GTA,” added Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “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. 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.”
Notably, the average daily traffic on Highway 401, in the Peel and Halton region, is about 118,000 to 175,000 vehicles per day.