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News Release: Improving Road User Safety on Highway 403

For Immediate Release
January 30, 2001

Ontario Government Continues to Improve Road User Safety on Highway 403

MISSISSAUGA — The Ontario government is investing $13.8 million to enhance road user safety by installing the latest high mast lighting technology on a section of Highway 403. The announcement was made today by Transportation Minister David Turnbull, and Rob Sampson, MPP for Mississauga Centre.

"In an increasingly global economy, good highways are roads to prosperity," said Turnbull.
"The Ontario government continues to invest in safe and efficient highways to support jobs and growth across Ontario."

The contract was awarded to BFC Traffic Technology of North York. The project includes installation of a continuous high mast lighting system on Highway 403 between the Highway 403 / 407 interchange easterly to Central Parkway East. Work also includes installation of full lighting at main interchanges, underpass illumination at eight structures spanning Highway 403, and new lighting on the Credit River Bridge.

"I am pleased that the public input process brought local residents' concerns with high mast lighting forward for action," said Sampson. "Upgrading the lighting on this stretch of Highway 403 will make night-time driving easier and safer for Mississauga commuters and truckers."

Work is under way, with completion in the summer of 2001.

This investment is part of the government's five-year, $20-billion SuperBuild initiative. This unique program will result in the largest infrastructure building program in Ontario's history. Through SuperBuild the government will make the entire capital investment process more strategic, more responsive and more accountable. The result will be a renewed system of infrastructure in the province, including safer, more accessible highways.