The province’s Minister of Transportation Steve Del Duca was in Whitby Friday for an announcement regarding the 407 East project.
Phase one of the Highway 407 project is complete and will be open officially to traffic on Monday. On Friday media were given a toll-free walk on the fresh pavement for the announcement. As for drivers… how about a toll-free commute?
“Commuters will be able to drive along highway 407 from Brock Road in Pickering to Harmony Road in Oshawa and along Highway 412 which connects the 407 to Highway 401. There will be an initial toll-free period for these sections of highway. Driver will not have to pay toll fees until the new year, until 2017.”
The newest extension runs through the town of Whitby.
“Everybody’s had enough of the construction. It’s been a pretty active place for a long time and a lot of inconveniences. But now it’s here, it will certainly relieve a lot of congestion. In the period when it’s free it will relieve a lot of congestion which will be welcome and hopefully permanently do so.”
And more good news for Durham drivers as phase two to Highway 115 is underway, meaning another announcement could happen as early as next year.
“Phase two all the way to the 115-35 will be complete in 2020 but there’s a portion that will run out to Taunton that will be open in late 2017. So I certainly look forward to being back here in this beautiful part of Ontario for the official opening of that.”
On Saturday people can get a first look at the 407’s newest section before it officially opens. Mayor Don Mitchell and council are inviting residents to cruise a one and a half kilometre section using any form of active transportation. No motor vehicles allowed. The event goes from 9:00 am to noon.