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Ontario continues expansion of Highway 7 in KW region

DCN-JOC News Services
Ontario continues expansion of Highway 7 in KW region

KITCHENER, ONT. – The Ontario government has announced it is advancing construction on the Frederick Street bridge in Kitchener as part of its plan to widen Highway 7 between Kitchener and Guelph.

The new four-lane, 18-kilometre stretch of Highway 7 will offer an alternative to Highway 401 in the regions of Kitchener, Waterloo and Guelph, stated a release.

Contractors will be invited to submit proposals for the replacement of the Frederick Street bridge beginning Feb. 28. To accommodate the widening of Highway 7, the bridge will be lengthened with shoulders and multi-use paths built for pedestrians and cyclists.

Once complete, the new Highway 7 will include seven interchanges between Kitchener and Guelph, including a multi-level connection to Highway 85, a new crossing over the Grand River and improvements to local roads. Highway 7 is among the busiest two-lane highways in Ontario, with 26,000 vehicles travelling on it daily.

“The people of Kitchener-Waterloo have waited far too long for the new Highway 7,” stated Minister of Transportation Prabmeet Sarkaria in a statement.

“The new highway will be a game-changer for the region, ensuring the efficient movement of people and goods across southern Ontario, with commuters spending less time sitting in traffic and more time doing what matters most to them.”

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