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:
- By late 2015 – 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 existing 407 ETR, 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 rate will be set prior to opening Phase 1 to traffic in late 2015.
Customers will receive a single invoice for travel on 407 ETR and Highways 407, 412 and 418 with trips on each highway itemized. Those with existing 407 ETR transponders would be able to use them on Highways 407, 412 and 418.
Construction has started on Phase 1 ( from Brock Road in Pickering to Harmony Road in Oshawa and on Highway 412). Phase 1 is scheduled for completion by late 2015.
The contract with 407EDG is for a fixed price of $1 billion in 2012 dollars, to be delivered by late 2015.
Currently, the Province of Ontario is working on pre-construction activities for Phase 2, which runs from Harmony Road in Oshawa to Highway 35/115 in Clarington and includes Highway 418 that connects Highway 407 to Highway 401.
These activities include acquiring the necessary property along the highway corridor, field work such as archaeological investigations, obtaining species-at-risk permits, and relocating utility infrastructure such as hydro towers. Consultation with stakeholders is ongoing and the ministry continues to work with Durham Region and local municipalities to assess the impacts of the highway on local roads.
Design and construction on Phase 2 will begin in 2015, and it will open in two phases:
- Harmony Road to Taunton Road/Highway 418 by late 2017
- Taunton Road/Highway 418 to Highway 35/115, and Highway 418 will be open by 2020