The Ontario government is taking another step forward to relieve gridlock in the Greater Golden Horseshoe by building Ontario.
Today, the province issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) to design and build a bridge crossing for the Bradford Bypass, a new four-lane freeway connecting Highway 400 and Highway 404 in Simcoe County and York Region.
Without strong action, gridlock in the region will only get worse. The Bradford Bypass was abandoned by the Dalton McGuinty government, and now, the need for this highway is even greater than it was 20 years ago.
We know gridlock is a major contributor to greenhouse gas emissions, and as the population grows in York Region and Simcoe County, we cannot afford to delay this project.
That is why the Province is following through with the proposed Bradford Bypass Project, a 16.2 kilometre controlled access freeway that will connect Highway 400 in the County of Simcoe and Highway 404 in the Regional Municipality of York.
The Bradford Bypass is expected to support more than 700 jobs per year, on average, during construction and generate more than $70 million in annual real GDP. Motorists and trucks are anticipated to see significant savings in travel time when using the Bradford Bypass compared to existing routes along local roads, saving commuters up to 35 minutes per trip.
The current Preliminary Design and environmental assessment will include field investigations, impact assessment, mitigation, as well as environmental commitments.