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Province announces plans for Morriston bypass, including 401 lane expansion

Last Updated Mar 30, 2016 at 7:47 am EDT

Photo courtesy of Guelph Mayor Cam Guthrie - @CamGuthrie

The province has announced a new plan that will create a bypass from Highway 6 to Highway 401.

The 401 will be widened from six to ten lanes and will include High Occupancy Vehicle lanes.

The money is coming from funds set aside for infrastructure improvements outside of the GTA.

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Morriston Bypass Map

“The announcement today is that we’re going ahead with what is affectionately known as the Morriston bypass,” says Guelph MPP Liz Sandals.

“The project we’re announcing today will build a four-lane bypass from Freelton up to 401 and it actually involves adding additional lanes to the 401 from the [Highway] 6 intersection over to [Highway] 6 North.”

Sandals adds it’s the most heavily congested stretch of provincial highway of any two-lane highway in Ontario.

“From 401 down to Freelton is a two-lane stretch of road. It’s the most heavily traveled stretch of provincial highway with the greatest volume of cars of any two-lane highway in Ontario,” says Sandals “It’s been needed to be rebuilt for years.”

The project is estimated to begin in 2020 and construction value will be announced when the contract is set.