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SARNIA - The province is investing more than $47 million in four SuperBuild projects that will upgrade Highway 402 and enhance road safety between Sarnia and London, Transportation Minister David Turnbull and Lambton-Kent-Middlesex MPP Marcel Beaubien announced.
"Highway 402 is a vital transportation corridor, carrying people and goods across Southwest Ontario," said Turnbull. "These projects demonstrate our government's commitment to invest in safe and efficient highways in this part of the province and across Ontario."
This investment is part of the government's five-year $20 billion SuperBuild initiative designed to spearhead and facilitate the largest infrastructure building program in Ontario's history.
"SuperBuild brings together the province and its partners to plan, set priorities and jointly invest in the infrastructure we need to ensure tomorrow's prosperity," said Finance Minister and Minister responsible for SuperBuild, Ernie Eves. "Through key partnerships like this one we are able to rebuild and modernize our highways, hospitals, colleges and universities."
"Over the past five years, the government responded to residents' concerns about the quality and safety of Highway 402, with a multi-year program to rebuild this key freeway corridor between Sarnia and London," said Beaubien. "These projects demonstrate our commitment to ease traffic flows and enhance road safety in our area."
MTO and the City of Sarnia have signed a cost-sharing agreement to construct a new ramp to provide direct access from Airport Road to Highway 402. Planning work for the ramp is now under way.
In addition, the province is currently investing in three major SuperBuild projects to improve Highway 402 between Sarnia and London. Completion of all three projects is anticipated for the fall of 2001. The projects are:
The $16.4 million reconstruction of a 13.7-kilometre section of Highway 402 eastbound and westbound from 2.0 kilometres west of Lambton Road 22 (London Line Road) easterly to 3.2 kilometres east of Lambton Road 79 (Nauvoo Road). The contract for this work was awarded to Dufferin Construction Company of Oakville.
The $16.4 million reconstruction of Highway 402 from west of Murphy Road easterly to 1.6 kilometres east of Lambton Road 26 (Mandaumin Road). Safety improvements include paved shoulders and rumble strips. Additional work includes resurfacing of the ramps and installation of new lighting at Modeland, Airport and Mandaumin roads. The project also involves intersection improvements at the Highway 40 / Wellington Street intersection at Sarnia, from 0.4 kilometres south of Wellington Street to 0.4 kilometres north of Wellington Street. The contract for this work was awarded to Bot Construction Limited of Oakville.
The $14.4 million reconstruction of 11.7 kilometres of Highway 402 eastbound and westbound from 0.6 kilometres west of Middlesex Road 6 (Kerwood Road) to 0.6 kilometres east of Middlesex Road 81 (Centre Road). The contract for this project was awarded to Armbro Construction Limited of Brampton.