WELLINGTON COUNTY —The Ontario government has issued a request for proposals seeking bidders to take on the design and construction of the Highway 6/Hanlon Expressway Midblock Interchange in Ontario.
The project would upgrade Highway 6 between Guelph and Hamilton and bypass traffic around Morriston, reducing traffic flow on rural roads in the areas, stated a July 15 release.
The new interchange will boost the capacity of Hanlon Expressway by removing two at-grade intersections along Hanlon Expressway, creating an improved link between Highway 401 and the Guelph area. Removal of the at-grade intersections is required before construction of future interchange improvements at Highway 401 and Highway 6 North can proceed.
Design-build teams will be shortlisted from the expression of interest phase and will be invited to submit proposals for design and construction. The proposals will be submitted to the Ministry of Transportation in October with contract award expected in winter 2021/22 and construction anticipated to begin later in 2022 following completion of the detailed design.
The Highway 6 corridor through Morriston is one of the busiest two-lane highways in Ontario with average daily traffic volumes of 23,000 to 26,000 vehicles per day.
Phase 1 of the Highway 6 and 401 Morriston Bypass expansion project was completed last year when the replacement of the Puslinch Concession Road 7 Bridge over Highway 401 reached completion.
“We are one step closer to constructing the next phase of this essential work to make our roads safer, alleviate traffic congestion throughout the communities of Morriston and Aberfoyle, and help this important region grow,” said Caroline Mulroney, minister of transportation, in a statement.