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Hwy 401 through Cambridge expected to expand from 6 lanes to 10 by 2019

Last Updated Jun 23, 2015 at 8:10 am EDT

Steven Del Duca joined Kathryn McGarry and Daiene Vernile in Cambridge to kick-off Highway 401 widening. Photo courtesy of @StevenDelDuca

The province announced an expansion of Highway 401 through Cambridge Monday afternoon.

The 4.2 km stretch of highway between Highway 8 and Hespeler Road will expanded from six to 10 lanes.

While the project will mean heavy delays during construction, Cambridge Mayor Doug Craig tells us it will most definitely make your commute easier in the long run.

“The widening fro 6-10 lanes is now proceeding. It’s going to be a 5 year project, and the expansion of those lanes is going to include HOV lanes to allow speedier traffic under certain circumstances.”

The $112.8 million project is expected to be complete by Summer 2019.

The project, which will create or sustain more than 1,200 construction jobs, includes:

  • Repairing, repaving and expanding a 4.2-kilometre section of Highway 401 from six to 10 lanes
  • Building one High Occupancy Vehicle lane in each direction
  • Widening and repairing the Grand River Electric Railway Overpass
  • Widening and repairing the CN rail overpass
  • Replacing four bridges over the Speed River
  • Repairing the Highway 8 bridge over Sportsworld Drive and the Highway 401 and Hespeler Road interchange bridge
  • Installing noise walls and retaining walls
  • Building wider outside shoulders for buses to bypass traffic
  • Realigning interchange ramps at Highway 8 and Hespeler Road
  • Implementing median-mounted High Mast Lighting

Construction is targeted for completion by summer 2019.