For Immediate Release - July 28, 2009
BURLINGTON, ON – Burlington’s west end is expected to benefit from economic growth and reduced through traffic following the groundbreaking today for new ramps at Highway 403 and Waterdown Road, opening in 2010.
“Improving our highway infrastructure creates jobs and stronger communities,” said Jim Bradley, Ontario Minister of Transportation. “Improving this interchange ensures the 3.5 million drivers using this stretch of highway each year get to their destinations safely and efficiently.”
The City of Burlington is managing the project, which will add an off-ramp from the westbound 403 to Waterdown Road and an eastbound on-ramp onto the highway via the entrance to the Aldershot GO station. The $10.8 million project gets its funding from the city at $7.6 million—including $1.6 million of federal gas tax funding—nearly $500,000 from Halton Region, and another $2.7 million from the province.
“Working with our government partners, we were able to fund this important project that generates benefits for the entire city,” said Mayor Cam Jackson. “Burlington continues to be a great place to live, work and raise a family. Access to effective and efficient transportation is a part of that quality of life.”
The Highway 403/Waterdown Road upgrades have been an important goal for Burlington’s west end for decades. The upgrades were endorsed by the Burlington Economic Development Corporation, the Chamber of Commerce, the Aldershot Business Improvement Area, the Aldershot Community Council and the Plains Road Village Vision.
The new interchange is expected to improve highway access for residents; open west Aldershot to new economic investment; become the new gateway to the Royal Botanical Gardens and improve highway safety through better access for emergency vehicles. Thousands of cars a day, and more than 1,000 trucks a day, will be taken off Plains Road once the interchange is complete.
“Working with community partners over the past 10 years, we had a vision for Aldershot that included better access to transportation and the creation of a transportation hub. This groundbreaking makes that vision a reality,” said Ward 1 Councillor Rick Craven. “Congratulations to everyone involved in this project and thanks to the people of Ward One for their years of patience. We are truly ramping up for the future.”
For more about the Highway 403/Waterdown Road upgrades, visit www.burlington.ca.
View photo from groundbreaking here.
Tel. 905-335-7600, ext. 7531
Councillor Rick Craven
Ward 1, City of Burlington
Tel. 905-335-7600 ext. 7587