CLARINGTON, ONT. — The next phase of the Highway 407 extension from Harmony Road to Taunton Road in Clarington, Ont. officially opened recently.
The new addition is 9.6 kilometres to Highway 407, including two new interchanges.
The final phase, scheduled to open by 2020, will connect Highway 407 to Highway 35/115 and includes Highway 418, which will provide another north/south connection from Highway 407 to Highway 401.
Toll rates for Highways 407 and 412 are lower than tolls on Highway 407 ETR, states a release issued by the Ministry of Transportation. Ontario will use the revenue from the tolls on Highways 407, 412 and 418 to help fund a variety of programs and services, including new infrastructure and transit projects.
Motorists will only pay fees once for the use of Highways 407, 412, and/or 407 ETR. This includes transponder leases, monthly account charges and video toll charges, adds the release.
“I am pleased to announce that this new stretch of Highway 407 is complete and is now open to everyone travelling in Durham Region — creating infrastructure that will fuel the economy and create jobs, connecting people and businesses while making commutes less stressful today and tomorrow,” said Steven Del Duca, Ontario’s minister of transporation, in a statement.
The first phase of the Highway 407 extension, which opened last year and included the new Highway 412, sees 40,000 vehicles per day.