Every trip slightly south of North Durham reveals more and more work being done on the expansion of Hwy. 407, with 65 more kilometres of toll highways on their way.
With the government finally doing what it should have all along, and recently announcing a further $1.2 Billion to fund a further 23 km extension of Hwy. 407, from Harmony Rd. to Hwy. 35/115, the good news keeps coming for residents of not just this area, but the province as a whole.
The money eventually generated by tolls from this highway will actually flow back into public coffers for badly-needed infrastructure repairs and transit projects. Unlike the 407 as it currently exists, which was leased to an international conglomerate for 99 years in an all-time plunder under the watch of former Premier Mike Harris. In the years that have passed, the province has missed out billions of dollars in squandered funds.
Hopefully, this trend of toll highway construction can continue, not only to help alleviate gridlock on the “free” highways but to fund other projects that are badly needed after decades of under-funding by all branches of government.
Traffic is the bane of many people’s existence, and any steps taken to lessen that burden should be applauded, either through tolls, or expanded HOV lanes. In highway driving, you get what you pay for, and the gridlock on most other highways in this province proves this point on a daily basis.
The sting of the Harris government’s short sighted deal to abandon the 407 shouldn’t stop future toll highway projects from succeeding where the province once so spectacularly failed.
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