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Ontario and Federal Governments Announce Highway 401 Widening Project in Cambridge

Ontario and Federal Governments Announce Highway 401 Widening Project in Cambridge

On May 20, 2020, the governments of Ontario and Canada announced plans for the widening of Highway 401 from six to ten lanes in the Cambridge area, between Hespeler Road and Townline Road. We anticipate that this major highway expansion will also impact the interchange at Franklin Boulevard.

"Highway 401 is a lifeline for travel and the movement of goods throughout our province and that's why we are making historic investments to expand and modernize it," said Caroline Mulroney, Minister of Transportation. "Together with our federal partners, we are investing in these critical infrastructure projects to drive economic growth and create jobs during these extremely difficult times."

"Investments in modern transportation infrastructure are important to building strong communities and thriving businesses," said the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities. "The widening of Highway 401 in Cambridge, including the creation of high occupancy vehicle lanes, will make it easier and safer for Ontarians and local businesses to get to their destination. With our partners, we're building transportation networks that support a strong economy, and the safe movement of people and goods." 

It is anticipated that construction will begin later in 2020. This represents the second 401 widening project in Cambridge in recent years. The widening of Highway 401 from Highway 8 to Hespeler Road was completed in 2019.

Scargall Owen-King is closely following the status of this project, and projects throughout Ontario for our clients.  Many properties and/or businesses will be affected by the highway expansion, but there is a compensation regime developed through legislation and case law that SOK has contributed to over our 30 years’ experience. SOK is pleased to answer any questions that arise when owners are faced with expropriation for the first time.

For the full text of the News Release published by the Ministry of Transportation, visit:

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