Ontario Moving Forward with Work on Grand River BridgesPublished on March 15, 2021
Highway Improvements to Support Growing Region and Improve Safety
March 15, 2021
KITCHENER — Today, Amy Fee, MPP for Kitchener South-Hespeler, and Mike Harris, MPP for Kitchener-Conestoga, announced the Ontario government is investing $101.5 million for highway improvements, including essential work, on the Grand River bridges and the King Street overpass in Kitchener.
“The Grand River bridges and the King Street overpass are important connections that people and businesses rely on in our community,” said MPP Amy Fee. “This essential highway and bridge work will ensure that our roads are safe and able to support the growing communities in the Region of Waterloo.”
“This investment will help ensure the millions of people who travel across the Grand River bridges each year can get to where they need to go safely,” said MPP Mike Harris. “We’re proud to invest in work that supports the local economy and reduces gridlock for our drivers.”
Dufferin Construction Company, a division of CRH Canada Group Inc., has been selected as the contractor to replace the Highway 401 bridges over the Grand River and to rehabilitate the King Street overpass on Highway 401.
The project includes pavement work, a median barrier replacement, storm sewer reconstruction and improved lighting from Highway 8 west to the Homer Watson Boulevard interchange. The work, which is expected to begin as early as spring 2021, will take place along Highway 401 eastbound and westbound from 1.2 km west of Homer Watson Boulevard to half a kilometre east of King Street in Kitchener.
“Our government continues to build and improve transportation systems across Ontario to keep goods and people moving and support local communities,” said Caroline Mulroney, Minister of Transportation. “Investments like this not only help to keep our roads safe, but they also create local jobs as we recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.”
- Approximately 33.6 million vehicles travel across the Highway 401 Grand River bridges each year.
- Ontario is developing a long-term transportation plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe (GGH) to help ensure our transportation system supports continued prosperity and quality of life and meets the environmental, economic and social needs of our families, businesses and communities.