The news releases were out even before the writ was dropped this morning.

It looks like the redevelopment of Highway 7 will be an issue during the byelection campaign in Kitchener-Waterloo.

Both the Liberals and Conservatives were out with news releases early on Wednesday.

The McGuinty government says it has set aside $50 million to acquire properties for the new corridor this year.

“The Conservatives have called for massive cuts to the Ministry of Transportation
and Ministry of Infrastructure, there’s no way Highway 7 will proceed under their watch. In our case, we are taking steps to make sure it’s a reality.” said Kitchener-Centre MPP John Milloy.

Conservative Transportation Critic Frank Klees is also in town today to talk about Highway 7. Klees will be on 570′s Jeff Allan Show at 2pm.

The Tories say transportation infrastructure has been an afterthought for the Liberals.

The byelection will be held on Thursday, September 6th.