Why is the province constructing Highway 407 to Highway 35/115?

The Province is building infrastructure that benefits the economic development of Durham Region and its municipalities. Extending the highway from Brock Road in Pickering to Highway 35/115 in Clarington will provide an important link for communities located in the eastern Greater Toronto Area and beyond.

Will I need to use a transponder on Highways 407, 412, and 418?

Transponders are not required for light vehicles to drive on Highways 407, 412, and 418. For drivers of light vehicles it is an individual decision, if or when, to acquire a transponder.

Transponders are required for heavy vehicles. Drivers may obtain transponders from 407 ETR.
Motorists already using 407 ETR will be able to use the same transponder for trips on Highway 407.

Why have the names of the highways within this project changed?

A conventional numbering system is required prior to opening the highways to traffic in order to ensure navigational clarity and consistency to travelers. A recent decision approved the following: The east-west highway will be known as Highway 407; the West Durham Link will be known as Highway 412 and the East Durham Link will be known as Highway 418.

What is the “Future Transitway” and is it a part of the Highway 407 East project?

As described in the approved Environmental Assessment, the transitway is an independent right-of-way, that is adjacent and runs parallel to the highway corridor. It is likely that rubber-wheeled vehicle buses would move on this dedicated transit corridor initially, with the possibility of a rail facility implemented if roadway and ridership increased. Stations with commuter parking lots are also planned at various interchange locations.

The construction of the transitway is not part of the Highway 407 East project; though the transitway corridor has been protected, as the province has acquired the necessary lands as approved under the Environmental Assessment. The transitway has no construction timeline. The mode of transportation nor the operator have been determined at this time.

How will the Highway 407 East project help the economy?

Highway 407, Highway 412 and Highway 418 will create opportunities for businesses, employment and population growth in the Durham Region.

Who will own the highways?

The Province of Ontario will own and control Highway 407 as well as Highways 412 and 418.

Although connected to the existing 407 ETR, Highway 407 is a separate entity owned and controlled by the Province of Ontario.

Are these tolled highways?

On February 1, 2017, tolling will begin on the province’s new Highway 407 and Highway 412. Highways 407 and 412 will form part of a publicly owned, all-electronic, open-access toll highway network without booths or barriers. The province will establish customer service standards, set toll rates, and retain revenues generated by tolls. When completed, Phase 2 (extension of Highway 407 easterly to Highway 35/115, and Highway 418) will be integrated into the toll highway network.

Who will build the highways and how much will it cost?

The Highway 407 East project will be built in two phases.

The Province of Ontario selected 407 East Development Group (407EDG) to design, build, finance, and maintain Phase 1 for a 30-year period. The contract with 407EDG is for a fixed price of $1 billion in 2012 dollars.

The Province of Ontario selected Blackbird Infrastructure Group (BBI) to design, build, finance, and maintain Phase 2 for a 30-year period. The contract with BBI is for a fixed price of $1.2 billion in 2015 dollars.

When will construction begin?

Construction is underway and will continue until Phase 2 is open to traffic, which is anticipated by 2020.

I’m interested in employment. Where do I apply?

For Phase 1, employment inquiries should be directed to the 407 East Development Group, by emailing info@407edg.ca.

For Phase 2, employment inquiries should be directed to the Blackbird Infrastructure Group, by emailing info@407eastphase2.ca.

I’m interested in providing supplies and/or services for the current construction. Who do I contact?

Supplies and/or services for Phase 1 should be directed to the 407 East Development Group by emailing info@407edg.ca.

Supplies and/or services for Phase 2 should be directed to the Blackbird Infrastructure Group by emailing info@407eastphse2.ca.

Will Highway 407 connect to Highway 401?

Yes. There will be two north-south highways connecting Highway 407 to Highway 401. Highway 412 will connect Highway 407 and Highway 401 in Whitby. Highway 418 will be a second highway connecting Highway 407 to Highway 401 in Clarington.

Can the 407 ETR transponder be used on these highways?

One of the benefits of using 407 ETR’s existing tolling system for Highways 407, 412, and 418 is that motorists already using 407 ETR will be able to use the same transponder for trips on Highway 407.

Drivers may obtain transponders from 407 ETR.