$600 million expansion of Highway 427 expansion on track despite COVID-19

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Ontario Construction News staff writer

Work on a major highway expansion project north of Toronto has continued on schedule throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ontario Minister of Transportation Minister Caroline Mulroney visited the site for a construction update on Labour Day weekend.

“Highway 427 has been operating well beyond its capacity for many years and the expansion project is well underway,” Mulroney wrote on Twitter.

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LINK427 was awarded the contract to design, build, finance and maintain the Highway 427 Expansion project. The Highway 427 Expansion includes the following:

  • A new 6.6 km extension from Highway 7 to Major Mackenzie Drive with:
  • eight lanes from Highway 7 to Rutherford Road
  • six lanes from Rutherford Road to Major Mackenzie Drive
  • three new interchanges (Langstaff Road, Rutherford Road and Major Mackenzie Drive
  • new median managed lanes.
  • A 4.0 km road widening from Finch Avenue to Highway 7:
    • from six to eight lanes between Finch Avenue to south of Steeles Avenue;
    • from four to eight lanes, from south of Steeles Avenue to Highway 7;
    • new median managed lanes.

LINK427 is a consortium including:

Developer: ACS Infrastructure Canada Inc. and Brennan Infrastructures Inc. (a member of The Miller Group of Companies)

Construction: Dragados Canada Inc., Brennan Infrastructures Inc. and Bot Infrastructure Ltd.

Design: WSP

Maintenance: ACS Infrastructure Canada Inc. and Brennan Infrastructures Inc.

A $616-million fixed-price contract was signed with the Ministry of Transportation (MTO) and Infrastructure Ontario (IO) to design, build, finance and maintain the Highway 427 Expansion project.

Work started in 2018 and there are about 250 workers on site at the peak of construction.

The project is on track to open in 2021. All three new interchanges at Langstaff Road, Rutherford Road, and Major Mackenzie Drive will open at the same time.

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