TORONTO — Ontario has announced the selection of LINK 427 as the preferred proponent to design, build, finance and maintain its Highway 427 expansion project set for Vaughan, Ont.
As part of the build, Highway 427 will be extended by 6.6 kilometres from Highway 7 to Major Mackenzie Drive and widened from Finch Avenue to Highway 7. A 15.5-kilometre stretch of dedicated High Occupancy Toll (HOT) lanes with electronic tolling will also be installed in both directions from south of Highway 409 to north of Rutherford Road, and will open in 2021. No existing general purpose lanes will be removed to accommodate the HOT lanes, indicated a Jan. 26 media statement.
LINK 427's team includes ACS Infrastructure Canada Inc. and Miller Infrastructure, developer; Dragados Canada Inc., Miller Infrastructure and Bot Infrastructure Ltd., construction; MMM Group Ltd. and Thurber Engineering Ltd., design; and ACS Infrastructure Canada Inc. and Miller Infrastructure, maintenance.
The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure Ontario are working together with LINK 427 to finalize the contract details. The project cost and schedule are expected to be announced in March 2017 with design and construction to begin shortly after.
The average daily traffic on Highway 427 between Finch Avenue and Highway 407 ETR is approximately 106,500 vehicles per day and is expected to grow to more than 139,000 by 2021.