|NEWS||November 13, 2020|
OTTAWA — Today, Jeremy Roberts, MPP for Ottawa West – Nepean, announced the opening of two new lanes on Highway 417 from Maitland Avenue to Island Park Drive. The highway expansion is a joint investment between the Province and Government of Canada, part of Ontario’s commitment to better connect communities, support jobs in the region and to get people where they need to go.
“Investments in highways and roads create safer and more efficient transportation routes,” said Anita Vandenbeld, Member of Parliament for Ottawa West–Nepean, on behalf of the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities. “The Highway 417 expansion will connect communities across the city and reduce traffic congestion so that residents can get where they need to go safely and on time. Canada’s infrastructure plan invests in thousands of projects, creates jobs across the country, and builds cleaner, more inclusive communities.”
“Highway 417 connects this city from end to end and is a major route for both people and goods,” said Jeremy Roberts, MPP for Ottawa West–Nepean. “The additional lanes in each direction on this busy stretch of highway will help reduce congestion now and in the future as our city continues to grow.”
The awarded value of the construction portion of this project was $58.85 million. The Government of Canada is contributing up to 50 percent of eligible total project costs, to a maximum of $47.57 million, through the Major Infrastructure Component of the Building Canada Fund. Ontario is responsible for all remaining costs.
“Ontario is investing in our roads and highways, supporting local economic growth,’ said Caroline Mulroney, Minister of Transportation. “By adding new lanes, we are improving the daily lives of thousands of people who rely on this highway to get where they need to go.
Ontario is developing regional transportation plans that will help build a better transportation system to keep people and goods moving across the province, including eastern Ontario. The highway expansion from six to eight lanes is expected to decrease congestion and help move approximately 168,700 vehicles each day through the region.
- For the 2020-21 fiscal year, Ontario is investing $2.6 billion to repair and expand highways and bridges across the province. This includes construction funding of $764 million for expansion and approximately $1.5 billion for rehabilitation.
- Highway 17/417 is the longest provincial highway in Ontario, stretching for more than 1,900 kilometres from the Ontario/Manitoba border to the Quebec border in Eastern Ontario.