Highway 427 expansion gets green light for 2017 start

Mar 3, 2016 | News

Highway 427 will be undergoing three years of expansions starting in 2017 (Photo: Flickr - Doug Kerr)

Highway 427 will be undergoing three years of expansions starting in 2017 (Photo: Doug Kerr)

Krysten McCumber

Highway 427 will undergo a series of changes in the next few years including widening and a northern expansion as well as the addition of High Occupancy Toll lanes

Steven Del Duca, Minister of Transportation, spoke Thursday morning about the approved plan to move forward and extend Highway 27 by 2020.

Our government is moving forward with extending Highway 427, creating jobs and opportunities for residents and businesses living and working in the region,” Del Duca said in a news release by the Ontario Government.

The announcement means three years of construction starting in 2017.

The highway will be expanding nearly 7 km from Highway 7 to Major Mackenzie Drive. In addition, 4 km of the road from Albion Road to Highway 7 will also be widened.

The project will create over 100, 000 jobs, and should make travel easier for GTA commuters. Maurizio Bevilacqua, Mayor of Vaughan said in the news release he is happy to see the progress for the city and its commuters.

The Highway 427 Extension is another step forward in Vaughan’s transformation into a leading urban centre,” Bevilacqua said. “The completion of this new transportation route will greatly improve the flow of goods and services, and provide a new connection for our citizens and businesses.”

Highway 27 will go under construction in 2017 and is expected to reopen in 2020.