HWY 401 to expand from 6 to 10 lanes between Hespeler and Townline roads

The federal government is funding $96 million of a project to expand Highway 401 between Hespeler and Townline roads to 10 lanes. The province will cover the remaining portion of the project.

Five kilometre stretch to be expanded, paid mostly by federal government

Highway 401 will be expanded to 10 lanes between Hespeler Road and Townline Road. The project will include replacing two bridges that go over the highway at Hespeler Road and this one at Franklin Boulevard. (Google StreetView)

A second section of Highway 401 at Cambridge will be expanded to 10 lanes after the federal government announced additional money for the project Friday.

The five kilometre stretch between Hespeler Road and Townline Road will go from six to 10 lanes, and about $96 million will be funded by the federal government. The remaining cost will be covered by the province.

In June 2015, the Ontario government announced it had awarded a contract of $112.8 million for the expansion of Highway 401 from six to 10 lanes between Highway 8 and Hespeler Road. That project included replacing four bridges over the Speed River, and repairing the Highway 8 bridge over Sportsworld Drive as well as the Highway 401 and Hespeler Road interchange bridge.

The newest project will involve adding new high occupancy vehicle lanes and replacing two bridges over the highway at Hespeler Road and Franklin Boulevard.

The province has not released how much the project is expected to cost, but will announce figures once the contract goes to tender in 2018. That is also when construction is anticipated to begin.

According to the province's Building Ontario project list, the expansion will be complete in 2021-2022.

Clarifications

  • An earlier version of this story had an unclear construction that made it seem that the Highway 8 bridge near Sportsworld Drive was replaced. In fact, the bridge was repaired but not replaced.
    Jan 27, 2017 4:17 PM ET

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