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First section of new Highway 407 east open

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by DCN News Services

TORONTO—The newest phase of Ontario’s Highway 407 has opened for traffic in Durham Region, east of Toronto, as of today.
First section of new Highway 407 east open

This section of the 407 is publicly owned.

The highway is open from Brock Road in Pickering to Harmony Road in Oshawa. Highway 412, which connects Highway 407 and Highway 401, will also open. There will be a toll-free period on the new Highways 407 and 412 until the new year. Following that, tolls will be in place.

The 412 is also publicly owned. The province is responsible for setting and regulating the tolls, which will not be higher than tolls on the privately owned Highway 407 ETR, according to a provincial media release.

Design, construction and maintenance of the $1-billion project was undertaken by the 407 East Development Group, announced in 2010 as a joint venture between subsidiaries of SNC-Lavalin and Cintra Infraestructuras S.A. of Spain. The job was built as a public-private partnership. The maintenance period of the contract is 30 years.

In total, approximately 148 new lane kilometres will be opening, including 11 interchanges, 31 water-crossing structures and 16 municipal road crossings.

The project took just over four years to complete. At its peak, the project had as many as 1,000 workers and 50 contractors employed.

Still to come, the final construction phase will include extending Highway 407 from Harmony Road to Highway 35/115, and Highway 418 connecting Highway 407 to Highway 401. This final section will be built by 2020, with an interim opening from Harmony Road to Taunton Road at Highway 418 by late 2017.

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