The Highway 407 East Project is comprised of three highways; these are Highway 407, Highway 412 (formerly known as the West Durham Link) and Highway 418 (formerly known as the East Durham Link).
Construction has started and will continue until 2020, when Highway 407 is open to traffic at Highway 35/115 in Clarington and the two connecting highways from Highway 407 to Highway 401 are completed. As announced, there is a seamless plan to extend Highway 407 from Brock Road in Pickering to Highway 35/115 with the following key dates:
- Open to traffic (June 20, 2016) – Phase 1 from Brock Road in Pickering to Harmony Road in Oshawa (22 kilometres), and Highway 412 (a 10 kilometre north-south highway that connects Highway 407 to Highway 401) will be open to traffic;
- By 2017 – the initial portion of Phase 2 from Harmony Road to Taunton Road/Highway 418 will be open to traffic; and,
- By 2020 – the remainder of Highway 407 (from Highway 418 to Highway 35/115) and Highway 418 (a 10 kilometre north-south highway from Taunton Road to Highway 401) are scheduled to open to traffic, completing the project.
Once complete, the Highway 407 East Project will help relieve congestion and support the efficient movement of people and goods through the eastern Greater Toronto Area and beyond. It will create opportunities for business, accommodate population and employment growth and provide emergency detour routes for Durham Region.
Although connected to the private Highway 407 ETR, the new Highway 407 is a separate entity owned and operated by the Province of Ontario.
Highways 407, 412 and 418 will be publicly owned and tolled highways.
These provincially owned tolled highways will be assets that will increase in value over time.
The Government of Ontario will regulate and set toll rates and retain revenue generated from Highways 407, 412 and 418 tolls. The initial toll rates have been set by the Government of Ontario for Highways 407 and 412 as part of Phase 1 of this project.
There will be a toll-free period on the Province’s new Highways 407 and 412, allowing drivers to travel on these roads free of charge. However, tolls and fees will remain in effect for the existing privately operated 407 ETR west of Brock Road.
Please visit www.mto.gov.on.ca for additional information on toll rates that will apply, when tolling begins.
Customers will receive a single invoice for travel on 407 ETR and Highways 407 and 412 with trips on each highway itemized. Those with existing 407 ETR transponders would be able to use them on Highways 407 and 412.
It was announced that the first section of Highway 407 and 412 will open to traffic for morning commuters on Monday, June 20, 2016 ( from Brock Road in Pickering to Harmony Road in Oshawa and on Highway 412). The Province of Ontario selected a consortium called the 407 East Development Group (407EDG) to design, build, finance and maintain Phase 1 of the Highway 407 East project for a 30-year period.
The contract with 407EDG is for a fixed price of $1 billion in 2012 dollars.
In March 2015, Blackbird Infrastructure Group (BBI) signed a fixed-priced contract to design, build, finance and maintain Phase 2 of the Highway 407 East Project.
The contract value is approximately $1.2 billion.
Design and construction on Phase 2 began in 2015 and will open in two phases:
- Harmony Road to Taunton Road/Highway 418 by late 2017; and,
- Taunton Road/Highway 418 to Highway 35/115, and Highway 418 will be open by 2020.