TORONTO—The Ontario government’s latest initiative to keep both commuters and cargo moving across the Greater Toronto Area has entered the next phase.
The province’s Minister of Transportation was in Mississauga, Ont. last week to issue a request for proposals to expand Highway 401 along an 18-kilometre corridor west of Toronto.
The project will widen the highway to at least 10 lanes between the Credit River in Mississauga to Regional Road 25 in Milton—with certain segments stretching as wide as six lanes in each direction. The procurement process got underway last year with Queen’s Park calling on construction companies to pre-qualify for the project.
For the RFP stage, Infrastructure Ontario has narrowed the field to three construction consortia that will submit their plans to design, build and finance the project.
The three teams include:
Along with creating the havoc for commuters, the current bottleneck on the 401 west of Toronto also holds up truck traffic laden with cargo bound for the U.S.
The province said it expects to award the construction contract to the winning bidder in 2019. It has not released any cost estimates for the work.