Queen’s Park announced today it is moving forward with building a new 400 series highway running over the west end of the GTA.
It is expected Highway 413 will start on the 400 south of King Rd to the east, crossing highway 50, running south of Bolton and Caledon, overtop of the 410 in Brampton, joining up with the 401 where it meets the 407 in Halton region in the west.
Queen’s Park says the highway will help the economy by speeding up shipments and help folks to their destination faster, shaving 30 minutes off the average commuter’s drive. “With Halton, Peel and York regions all set to grow at incredible speed, our government is saying yes to building the roads and highways that will keep these communities moving,” said Premier Doug Ford. “Highway 413 will create thousands of jobs while saving commuters hours of gridlock every day. This project is a key part of our plan that’s building Ontario.”
“Highway 413 represents a crucial, long-term investment for the Province of Ontario, which will attract future investment and jobs. Highway 413 will fill infrastructure gaps in Ontario’s roadway links to the benefit of the province’s transportation and logistics hubs in the Northwestern GTA that serve as the epicentre of Canada’s supply chain,” said Stephen Laskowski, President of the Ontario Trucking Association. The highway will also provide congestion relief for Highway 401 and add redundancy to the GTA’s 400-series network, significantly improving transit times for goods movement by truck and access to Central and Northern Ontario while strengthening the connection for Canada’s busiest truck-rail intermodal facilities. Highway 413 is not only a fundamental piece of infrastructure, it’s a key part of Ontario’s success in the future. “
Planning and procurement is ongoing, with an information session expected in December.
Green Party Leader Mike Schreiner says the highway is a result of Premier Doug Ford favouring his friends instead of providing effective transit solutions. A protest is being planned on Saturday, November 13 at 1:30, outside Transportation Minister Caroline Mulroney’s office in Holland Landing. Organizers Simcoe County Greenbelt Coalition will be urging Mulroney and other lawmakers to look for sustainable means of addressing traffic congestion.