Two major GTA highway projects greenlighted in fall economic statement – Toronto Sun

Author of the article:

Antonella Artuso

Premier Doug Ford is pictured during a stop in Windsor on Oct. 18, 2021.
Premier Doug Ford is pictured during a stop in Windsor on Oct. 18, 2021. Photo by The Canadian Press /Toronto Sun

The Ontario Fall Economic Statement will confirm the government plans to go ahead with the construction of the Bradford Bypass and Hwy. 413, a senior source told the Toronto Sun .

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The source said the government has not finalized costing for the two projects but it’s expected that they will generate a combined $420 million in GDP.

The construction of the Bradford Bypass is projected to create 700 jobs per year and would save commuters 35 minutes in travel time once completed, the government source said.

Hwy. 413 would produce 3,500 jobs annually over almost a decade, and slash 30 minutes in driving time, the source said.

Finance Minister Peter Bethlenfalvy will release the 2021 Ontario Economic Outlook and Fiscal Review on Thursday.

Both highway projects have drawn strong criticism from environmentalists and political opponents to the Doug Ford government, which has touted transportation construction as an important measure in the province’s economic well-being.

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The 16-kilometre Bradford Bypass would link Hwy. 400 and Hwy. 404 in the northern GTA, while the 59-kilometre Hwy. 413 would arc across York, Peel and Halton Regions.

Green Party Leader Mike Schreiner said in the Ontario Legislature on Tuesday that the Bradford Bypass, as proposed by the Ford government, poses a “significant risk to communities and the environment” by paving over parts of the Holland Marsh and destroying wildlife habitat.

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Transportation Minister Caroline Mulroney said all work on the Bradford Bypass will be subject to a “robust environmental assessment process.”

aartuso@postmedia.com

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