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Tolling Commences February 1st for Ontario’s Highway 407 and Highway 412

View of highway

Motorists who drive on the Province of Ontario’s Highway 407 and Highway 412, including privately operated Highway 407ETR, can use one transponder and will receive one invoice making the tolling process seamless.

407ETR will issue tolling invoices and provide customer service on behalf of the Province of Ontario for Highways 407 and 412.

Transponder lease fees, monthly account charges, and camera charges will be charged only once for use of Highways 407, 412 and 407ETR.

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 traveling on Highways 407, 412, and 407ETR. To obtain a transponder, please contact 407ETR.

For the list of toll rates on Highways 407 and 412 please visit www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/highway-bridges/major-highway-projects.shtml.

Full Closure of Highways 407 and 412

From 10:00 pm on Saturday, October 15, 2016 to Noon on Sunday, October 16, 2016

A full closure of Highway 407 (East of Brock Road to Harmony Road) and Highway 412 (Highway 401 to Highway 407) in both directions will be in place starting Saturday, October 15th at 10:00 pm until Sunday, October 16th at noon (14 hour closure). Highway 407 ETR will be unaffected and all traffic will exit at Brock Road.

The purpose of the closure is to conduct testing of the new tolling equipment to ensure that the public receives the highest possible level of customer service when tolling begins. During the testing, it will be confirmed that individual gantries are correctly linked and ensure communications with the customer invoicing systems are working.

A specific date for the start of tolling on Highway 407 and Highway 412 is not yet available.  The toll-free period on Highways 407 and 412 remains until 2017; please remember, drivers continue to pay tolls and fees to use the existing privately-operated Highway 407 ETR west of Brock Road.

WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 12TH TRAFFIC DISRUPTIONS

DAYTIME FULL RAMP CLOSURES – HIGHWAY 407 EASTBOUND AND WESTBOUND; HIGHWAY 412 SOUTHBOUND AND NORTHBOUND.

See attached notices – closures are weather permitting. Motorists are advised to plan alternate routes for the duration of the closure. For real-time updates on these and other scheduled events, please link to ‘Traffic Reports’ via the Ontario 511 website.

DAYTIME FULL RAMP CLOSURES – HIGHWAY 407 WESTBOUND
DAYTIME FULL RAMP CLOSURES – HIGHWAY 412 SOUTHBOUND AND NORTHBOUND
DAYTIME FULL RAMP CLOSURES – HIGHWAY 407 EASTBOUND

LONG TERM CLOSURE

STARTING MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 12TH LONG TERM CLOSURE OF COURTICE ROAD NORTHBOUND AND SOUTHBOUND AT HIGHWAY 401

See attached notice –please be advised that Courtice Road northbound and southbound will be fully closed long term at Highway 401 from noon on Monday September 12th to noon on December 15th, 2016. Motorists are advised to plan alternate routes for the duration of the closure. For real-time updates on these and other scheduled events, please link to ‘Traffic Reports’ via the Ontario 511 website.

LONG TERM CLOSURE – COURTICE ROAD NORTHBOUND AND SOUTHBOUND AT HIGHWAY 401

DAYTIME FULL RAMP CLOSURES

DAYTIME FULL RAMP CLOSURES – HIGHWAY 407 EASTBOUND AND WESTBOUND; HIGHWAY 412 SOUTHBOUND AND NORTHBOUND.

See attached notices – closures are weather permitting. Motorists are advised to plan alternate routes for the duration of the closure. For real-time updates on these and other scheduled events, please link to ‘Traffic Reports’ via the Ontario 511 website.

DAYTIME FULL RAMP CLOSURES – HIGHWAY 407 EASTBOUND
DAYTIME FULL RAMP CLOSURES – HIGHWAY 407 WESTBOUND
DAYTIME FULL RAMP CLOSURES – HIGHWAY 412 SOUTHBOUND AND NORTHBOUND

Opening to Traffic – Phase 1

The Province of Ontario is pleased to announce that Phase 1 of the Highway 407 East Project will be open to traffic for morning commuters on Monday, June 20th, 2016. The sections that will be open include Highway 407 from Brock Road in Pickering to Harmony Road in Oshawa, and Highway 412, which connects Highways 407 and 401.  In total, approximately 148 new lane kilometres will be opening, which includes 11 interchanges, 31 water-crossing structures, and 16 municipal road crossings.

Both highways will operate toll-free until the new year, allowing drivers to travel free of charge and to get used to the roads.  Tolls and fees will remain in effect on 407 ETR, west of the Brock Road Interchange.  When tolling is implemented, the new highways will be integrated seamlessly with 407 ETR. Drivers will use one transponder, receive one bill, and have access to one point of customer service for all the tolled highways.

From May 24, 2012 when the Province signed an agreement with 407EDG to the opening to traffic date of June 20, 2016, the project took just over 4 years to complete. At its peak, the project had as many as 1,000 workers and 50 contractors employed.

Some key facts about Phase 1 of the Highway 407 East Project include:

Highway 407 East Phase 1 openingThe second and final phase includes constructing Highway 407 eastward from Harmony Road to Highway 35/115 and Highway 418, which connects Highways 407 and 401.  Phase 2 is expected to be complete by late 2020, with an interim opening in late 2017.

New Durham Region Park and Ride and Carpool Lot Opens

New Durham Region Park and Ride and Carpool Lot Opens – The governments of Canada and Ontario, along with Metrolinx, announced the opening of a new park and ride and carpool lot on Brock Road at Highway 407 in Pickering, making it easier for commuters to take transit in Durham Region.

Beginning February 9th, this new lot will provide commuters with 334 parking spaces as well as a pick-up and drop-off area. In addition, GO bus route 51B (Pickering/York University) and route 52 (Oshawa/York University) will serve the lot, giving commuters a quick and easy way to share their ride and connect to GO Transit.

Highway 407 Roadside Safety – Clear Zones and Guiderails

MTO takes matters related to safety seriously.

“Ministry Standards” – comprised of safety standards, specifications, special provisions, directives, codes, policies, best practices, procedures, manuals, guidelines and standard application practices – are always followed. The standards are used throughout the highway lifecycle (i.e., planning, design, construction, operation and maintenance).

One important standard in highway design is the clear zone. A clear zone is an area beyond the travelled lanes to enable a driver to stop safely or regain control of a vehicle that has accidentally left the roadway.

The clear zone width is the distance from the edge of the travelled portion of the roadway to the face of an unprotected object. A slope within the clear zone must be traversable as a minimum. A slope is considered traversable when it is between 1 vertical:4 horizontal and 1 vertical:3 horizontal and is smooth, firm, continuous and free of fixed surface hazards. A vehicle that leaves the road and drives on a traversable slope is typically expected to reach the bottom of the slope without overturning but is not typically expected to be able to recover its regular driving path on the road.

The clear zone width varies from one highway to another depending on the type of roadway or freeway.

The ministry’s desirable standard is to achieve roadside safety through the use of unobstructed clear zones. Guiderail is required in situations where a clear zone is not achievable for reasons such us property constrains or site specific configurations. Guiderail is commonly seen by the public as protection for drivers, however it is a hazard in itself. The ministry’s preference is to eliminate guiderail wherever roadway geometry and property constrains will allow.

Extensive safety analysis has been done for the Highway 407 East Project with the intent of reducing the hazards and roadside barriers within the clear zone of the freeway and all roadways. In highway engineering this is considered to provide an increased level of safety for the drivers. However, in some sections of Highway 407 there is insufficient property width to permit traversable slopes and thus avoidance of the use of guiderail or roadside barriers was not possible.

Realigned Brock Road Interchange to Improve Traffic Flow

Highway map with realigned section highlighted

Take Care! Brock Road Interchange Road Pattern will be altered between July 6-10, 2015. Construction staging requires vehicles travelling through the intersection of Brock Road and Highway 407 ETR to be redirected to the newly realigned Brock Road Interchange.  Watch road signs for actual dates.  Changes in the existing routes will include:

Brock Road:

    • All north-south Brock Road traffic will be re-routed to the newly realigned Brock Road
    • The existing traffic signals at existing Brock Road and Highway 407 ETR will be removed

    Southbound:

    • Brock Road traffic destined for Highway 7 westbound will use the new Brock Road / Highway 7 signalized intersection
    • Brock Road traffic destined for Highway 407 ETR westbound will be directed through the new Brock Road / Highway 7 signalized intersection and follow the new ramp to Highway 407 ETR westbound
    • Brock Road traffic destined for Highway 7 eastbound will be directed through the new Brock Road / Highway 7 signalized intersection and follow the new loop-ramp to Highway 7 eastbound

    Northbound:

    • Brock Road traffic destined for Highway 407 ETR westbound will follow the new loop-ramp to Highway 407 ETR westbound
    • Brock Road traffic destined for Highway 7 westbound proceed through the new Brock Road interchange and use the new Brock Road / Highway 7 signalized intersection
    • Brock Road traffic destined for Highway 7 eastbound will be UNABLE to access Highway 7 eastbound from Brock Road during this stage of construction
    • Brock Road traffic destined for Highway 7 eastbound will be detoured to Taunton Road to access Highway 7 east of Brock Road during this stage

Highway 7:

    Westbound:

    • Highway 7 westbound traffic travelling through the area to continue on Highway 7 westerly through Brougham will remain on the current route
    • Highway 7 westbound traffic bound for Highway 407 ETR westbound will remain unchanged on the current route

    Eastbound:

    • Highway 7 eastbound traffic will be directed south at the new Brock Road / Highway 7 signalized intersection and follow the new loop-ramp to continue on Highway 7 eastbound
    • Highway 7 east/west traffic destined for Brock Road north/south will use the new signalized intersection of Highway 7 and Brock Road

Highway 407 ETR:

    Westbound:

    • All traffic destined for Highway 407 ETR westbound from Brock Road will use the new interchange ramps
    • Traffic destined for Highway 407 ETR westbound from Highway 7 westbound will remain on the current route

    Eastbound:

    • Traffic destined for Brock Road north or south, will exit at the new Brock Road interchange, and continue north or south
    • Traffic destined for Highway 7 eastbound will remain on the current route
    • The existing signalized intersection, for Highway 7 eastbound traffic to continue eastbound, will be removed which will allow eastbound traffic from Highway 407 ETR to travel uninterrupted through the interchange  

Note:  In the future, the portion of existing Brock Road from Highway 407 ETR south to Whitevale Road will have its name changed to Elsa Storry Avenue; the portion of existing Brock Road from Highway 407 ETR north to the new Brock Road will be renamed Mowbray Street. The new bypass, which will skirt around the existing Brock Road to the east, will take on the name of Brock Road.