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) are open to traffic;
- Start of Tolling (February 1, 2017) – 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) are being tolled. More information on tolling is available under the “tolling” tab;
- 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 are publicly owned and tolled highways. The tolling of Highway 407 (Phase 1) and Highway 412 begins on February 1, 2017.
These provincially owned tolled highways are 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.
407 ETR will issue tolling invoices and provide customer service on behalf of the Province of Ontario for Highways 407 and 412.
Although light vehicles traveling on Highways 407, 412 and 407ETR do not need a transponder, heavy vehicles are required by law to use a valid transponder when travelling on Highways 407, 412, and 407ETR.
Motorists who drive on the privately-operated Highway 407ETR, and the Province of Ontario’s Highway 407 and Highway 412 will use one transponder and receive one invoice making the tolling process seamless.
Customers will not be double-billed for transponder leases, monthly account charges, and camera charges. These fees will be charged only once for use of Highway 407, 412, and/or 407 ETR. Customers with existing 407 ETR transponders are able to use them on Highways 407 and 412.
Please visit www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/highway-bridges/major-highway-projects.shtml for additional information on Highway 407 and Highway 412 toll rates.
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.