Roads and Traffic - Ontario - Highway 407 ETR Express Toll Route

Sep. 1, 2019

By Linda McQuaig - Contributing Columnist
Sun., Sept. 1, 2019

May. 21, 2019

The Progressive Conservative government of premier Mike Harris sold Highway 407 to a Spanish consortium for $3.1 billion in May 1999 - KEITH BEATY / TORONTO STAR FILE PHOTO

May. 21, 2019

By Robert Benzie - Queen's Park Bureau Chief

Tues., May 21, 2019

Apr. 18, 2017

Location: Durham Region
Project Type: DBFM - Design Build Finance Maintain
Infrastructure Type: Transportation
Contract Value: $1.2 Billion
Estimated Value for Money: $345 Million


Apr. 18, 2017

About the Project:

The Highway 407 East Phase 2 project will:
- extend Highway 407 about 22 kilometres from Harmony Road in Oshawa to Highway 35/115 in Clarington;
- connect Highways 401 and 407 East with a 10-kilometre Highway 418 that will serve as a north-south freeway;
- provide eight new interchanges, including three freeway-to-freeway connections to Highway 407 East and Highway 401 from Highway 418 and Highway 35/115.

The Highway 407 East Phase 2 will be a toll road and owned by the Ontario government.
In addition to creating jobs, interested bidders are expected to provide training, mentoring and skills development opportunities during construction.

By late 2017, a portion of Highway 407 East Phase 2, from Harmony Road to Taunton/Highway 418 will be completed and the remaining portion will be completed by late 2019.


Request for Qualifications: Mar 21, 2013
Short-list Bidders Selected: Apr 14, 2014
Request for Proposals: Apr 15, 2014
Winning Bidder Selected: Mar 23, 2015
Contract Awarded: Mar. 23, 2015
Construction Begins: Mar 23, 2015
Construction Ends:

Winning Bidder

Blackbird Infrastructure is a consortium of CRH Canada Group Inc. and Cintra Global Ltd.; Dufferin Construction Company, a division of CRH Canada Group Inc. and Ferrovial Agroman Canada (Construction); CRH Canada Group Inc. and Cintra Global Ltd. (Maintenance)


Phase 2 of the project features:

- An eight kilometre, 4-lane freeway from the Harmony Road to the East Durham Link Highway 418
- A 14 kilometre, 4-lane freeway from Highway 418 East Durham Link to Highway 35/115
- Interchanges on Highway 407 East Phase 2 at Enfield Road, Regional Road 57, Darlington Clarke Town line, and Highway 35/115
- A new ten kilometre, 4-lane Highway 418 East Durham Link that will connect Highway 401 to Highway 407 East
- Interchanges on Highway 418 East Durham Link at Highway 2 and Taunton Road
- Freeway-to-freeway connections to Highway 407 East and Highway 401 from Highway 418 the East Durham Link and Highway 35/115
- A supporting maintenance facility

Phase 2 will also provide:

- An alternative emergency/detour route
- Safe and efficient access to communities in the Greater Toronto Area that will contribute to Durham Region's future prosperity
- Noise barriers
- Enhanced corridor landscaping with gateway features
- First Nations architectural elements incorporated in design features
- T mitigation measures, compensation and overall benefit for species-at-risk
- Vegetation restoration plans for wetlands, woodlots and other vegetative areas dedicated wildlife crossings.

Community and Green Benefits

Once complete, Highway 407 East will help ease traffic congestion in the Greater Toronto Area and improve the flow of goods, services and people in the region.

Economic Benefits

Design and construction of the extension and link will create thousands of direct and indirect jobs.

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