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No. H064/06For release June 26, 2006
401 Improvements Mean Reduced Congestion For Ontarians
LONDON — The governments of Canada and Ontario and the City of London
today announced the start of construction to widen and improve Highway 401
in London, which leads to Canada's two busiest international border
crossings at Windsor and Sarnia.

Joe Preston, MP (Elgin-Middlesex-London), on behalf of the Minister of
Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, the Honourable Lawrence Cannon,
the Ontario Labour Minister and MPP (Elgin-Middlesex-London) Steven Peters
on behalf of Ontario Transportation Minister Donna Cansfield, and City of
London Acting Mayor Tom Gosnell were on hand for the announcement.

"The Government of Canada is continually looking for ways to better
Canadians' quality of life," said Mr. Preston on behalf of Minister Cannon.
"Infrastructure improvements like this one help reduce traffic congestion,
cutting the time Canadians have to spend in their cars and reducing
pollution."

"We're on the side of Ontarians who want to get to their destination quickly
and safely. More than 42,000 cars and 14,700 trucks cross the Sarnia and
Windsor international borders every day," said Mr. Peters. "That adds up to
about $164 billion in imports and exports every year. We want to move people
and goods faster, create jobs and build a stronger economy."

"This updated interchange is great news for London's economy as it promises
to ease traffic congestion and provide our business community with
significantly enhanced access to the 401 trade corridor and the United
States border," said Mr. Gosnell. "And, by partnering with the province and
the federal government on this infrastructure fund project, we're also
reinforcing London's Transportation Master Plan and Industrial Land
Strategy."

Aecon Construction will start construction immediately this week, and
expects to complete it by 2007. This investment of more than $36 million is
being cost-shared by the governments of Canada and Ontario and the City of
London

Highway 401 is being widened from west of Highway 402 easterly to Wellington
Road in London to improve traffic flow and safety in the area. Improvements
include:
widening Highway 401 from four to six lanes to improve traffic flow;
rebuilding the Wellington Road interchange ramps to improve safety;
building a new Wellington Road bridge to accommodate a wider roadway;
improving the Dingman Creek bridge to accommodate the widening of Highway 401;
installing new lighting to improve safety; and
installing a new changeable message sign to provide road and traffic
information to the traveling public.
In addition, the governments of Canada and Ontario are investing $285
million in the five-phase widening of Highway 401 from Windsor to Tilbury.
Phases 2 and 3 of this project, costing more than $112 million, are now
under way, and include improvements to Highway 401 on a 10 kilometre stretch
between Puce Road and Manning Road and a 10-kilometre stretch between
Highway 77 and Essex Road 27.

The Government of Canada's funding for the London project comes from the
$600-million Border Infrastructure Fund. The fund is designed for projects
that reduce border congestion, improve the flow of goods and services, and
expand infrastructure over the medium term.

This year, the McGuinty government is investing over $1.4 billion in highway
improvements through its five-year ReNew Ontario infrastructure investment
plan. The Ontario government has allocated an additional $400 million under
Move Ontario, which municipalities may use for improvements to municipal
roads and bridges. These investments will strengthen Ontario's economic
advantage and create opportunities for Ontario businesses and people.
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Contacts:


Natalie Sarafian
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Transport,
Infrastructure and Communities,
Ottawa
(613) 991-0700


Neal Kelly
Office of the
Ontario Minister of

Transportation, Toronto
(416) 327-9134






Linda Licari
Communications
Transport Canada, Ottawa
(613) 993-0055

Bob Nichols
Communications Branch
Ontario Ministry of Transportation, Toronto
(416) 327-1158





Mayor Anne Marie DeCicco-Best
City of London
(519) 661-2500 ext. 4920



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BACKGROUNDER
CANADA AND ONTARIO IMPROVEMENTS TO BORDER CROSSINGS
The governments of Canada and Ontario continue to work together to tackle
congestion at Canada-United States border crossings.
They are investing $323 million for improvements to highways and border
crossings in the Sarnia, Niagara and London areas under the Border
Infrastructure Fund. The fund is designed for projects that reduce border
congestion, improve the flow of goods and services, and expand infrastructure
over the medium term.
The following projects will be funded:
Sarnia/Point Edward Project
Components of this project include:
The widening of Highway 401 from Highway 402 to Wellington Road in London from
four to six lanes;
The preliminary design completed for the westbound lane widening and
improvements to Highway 402 on the approaches to the Blue Water Bridge easterly;
The rebuilding of Highway 402 from Lambton Road 26 to Lambton Road 30,
beginning this summer;
The preliminary design for the relocation of municipal roads related to the
safety of the bridge infrastructure, now under way;
The construction of a queue-end warning system along Highway 402 from the Blue
Water Bridge to Lambton Road 26, now near completion; and
Ontario and the Blue Water Bridge Authority cost sharing the eastbound lane
plaza reconstruction.
Niagara Project
Components of this project include:
The completion of a fifth lane on the Queenston-Lewiston Bridge;
The completion of a 2.7 km express truck lane along Highway 405 linking the
QEW to the Queenston-Lewiston Bridge;
The widening of a section of the QEW from Mountain Road in Niagara Falls to
Glendale Avenue in Niagara-on-the-Lake from four to six lanes (under
construction);
The widening of a section of the QEW between Highway 406 and the Garden City
Skyway from four to six lanes (in design); and
Improvements to the Peace Bridge (under construction).
Highway 401 Improvements - Windsor to Tilbury

In addition, the governments of Canada and Ontario are investing $285
million on the five-phase Highway 401 widening project from Windsor to
Tilbury, leading to the Windsor-Detroit international border crossing.

The first phase involved the widening and reconstruction of Highway 401
from Essex Road 42 to Highway 77. The work was completed in November 2005.
Drivers have already benefited from the improved safety and traffic flow on
this important stretch of highway.
The second phase involves improvements to Highway 401 from Manning Road to
Puce Road, at a total cost of $51 million. The work is expected to be
completed by the fall of 2006.
The third phase of work, costing more than $61 million, is now under way
and includes improvements on a 10 kilometre stretch between Highway 77 and
Essex Road 27.
The design for the fourth phase is under way with the design for the fifth
phase to follow.
Let's Get Windsor-Essex Moving strategy

The governments of Canada and Ontario and the City of Windsor signed a
Memorandum of Understanding for the Let's Get Windsor-Essex Moving strategy,
a commitment by the federal and provincial governments to jointly invest
$300 million for the implementation of short- and medium-term projects to
improve traffic flows to existing crossings and address congestion and
security issues. The projects announced as phase one of the strategy are
under way. One of these projects, the new pedestrian bridge over Huron
Church Road near Assumption High School, was completed in 2005.

On April 21, 2005, the governments of Canada and Ontario announced that they
were proceeding with $129 million in new initiatives under the second phase
of the strategy including:
Environmental assessments and design for improvements to Highway 3, Lauzon
Parkway and Manning Road;
Design/construction to widen Highway 401 from Highway 3 to Manning Road;
Construction on the Howard Avenue road-rail grade separation;
Intersection improvements on Highway 3 at Outer Drive and Walker Road,
which were recently completed; and
Installation of a new overhead changeable message sign on westbound
Highway 401 up the road from the 401/402 split to provide traffic
information and border processing times to drivers.
Border Transportation Partnership

The governments of Canada, the United States, Ontario and Michigan are
moving forward in a Border Transportation Partnership to implement a
long-range transportation strategy to address the challenges at the
Windsor-Detroit Gateway.
The Ontario Ministry of Transportation, in partnership with Transport Canada,
is leading the Canadian portion of the Detroit River International Crossing
study, which is seeking a long-term solution to border transportation issues.
This thorough and systematic study is coordinated with a similar study in the
United States. Together, these studies will allow the governments to decide on
the location for a new international crossing and provide the documentation
necessary for approvals under environmental legislation in both countries.
For more information on the status of the Let's Get Windsor-Essex Moving
strategy and the Detroit River International Crossing study, go to
www.mto.gov.on.ca

Contacts:


Natalie Sarafian
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Transport,
Infrastructure and Communities,
Ottawa
(613) 991-0700


Neal Kelly
Office of the
Ontario Minister of

Transportation, Toronto
(416) 327-9134





Linda Licari
Communications
Transport Canada, Ottawa
(613) 993-0055

Bob Nichols
Communications Branch
Ontario Ministry of Transportation, Toronto
(416) 327-1158





Mayor Anne Marie DeCicco-Best
City of London
(519) 661-2500 ext. 4920




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