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HWY 8 ramp to 401 eastbound set to close overnight Friday

Last Updated Jun 16, 2018 at 7:40 am EDT

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You may need to plan an alternate if you have evening driving plans on Friday.

According to the Ministry of Transportation’s website, the on-ramp from Highway 8 to the 401 eastbound will be closed starting at 11 p.m.

The full ramp closure was in effect until Saturday morning — it reopened just before 7:30 a.m.

MTO Spokesperson Liane Fisher-Bloxam tells 570 NEWS the full ramp closure is required to temporarily extend the eastbound ramp lanes.

“This extension of the Highway 8 ramp lanes is part of the Ministry’s ongoing commitment to continuously monitor and implement opportunities to improve traffic conditions through the construction zone.”

Fisher-Bloxam adds there may be another headache for motorists in that same stretch on Friday night.

“To undertake this work, Highway 8 may be reduced to a single lane at Sportsworld Drive from 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. on Friday, June 15, in advance of a full closure of Highway 8 at Highway 401.”

The MTO says this is all part of the ongoing project to widen the 401 from six to ten lanes between HWY 8 and Hespeler Road.

Emergency detours will be in place through construction – and motorists can use Hespeler to access the 401 eastbound throughout the HWY 8 ramp closure.

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