The Ontario government is taking another step forward to relieve gridlock in the Greater Golden Horseshoe by building Ontario. Today, the province issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) to design and build a bridge crossing for the Bradford Bypass, a new four-lane freeway connecting Highway 400 and Highway 404 in Simcoe County and York Region.
“Highways and roads are such an integral part of our everyday life. They are a critical part of how we move around our communities and across our province; how we get to work, to school, and how we transport food and goods,” said Doug Downey, MPP for Barrie-Springwater-Oro-Medonte.“Not only are these infrastructure investments practical, forward thinking solutions for future generations, they will create relief where it is sorely needed now, and bring about new jobs and new opportunities, as our region continues to grow.”
“By investing in critical transportation infrastructure including highways, roads and bridges, our government is investing in our economic future, our health and safety, and our quality of life” said Andrea Khanjin, MPP for Barrie-Innisfil. “This project will allow motorists and trucks to see significant savings in travel time and will create 700 skilled trades and other jobs per year on average during construction.”
“With Simcoe County and York Region expected to experience rapid growth over the next 10 to 20 years, investing in this new corridor is absolutely necessary if we are going to ease gridlock on Highway 400 and existing east-west local roads,” said Caroline Mulroney, Minister of Transportation. “Gridlock hurts everyone. It prevents people from getting home at a reasonable time and our farmers from getting goods to market. Our government is not only easing gridlock that already exists but is also unlocking housing opportunities and job creation.”
Following the initial Expression of Interest phase, shortlisted teams are being invited to submit proposals to design and construct a grade separated bridge crossing for the future Bradford Bypass on Simcoe County Road 4 (Yonge Street) between 8thLine and 9thLine. The bridge will include the widening of County Road 4 from two to four lanes in this section.
A Preliminary Design and project specific assessment of environmental impacts in accordance with Ontario Regulation 697/21 for the project is currently underway and is expected to be completed by December 2022.
The proposed freeway will extend from Highway 400 between 8thLine and 9thLine in Bradford West Gwillimbury to Highway 404 between Queensville Sideroad and Holborn Road in East Gwillimbury.
The project will support more than 700 jobs per year on average during construction and generate more than $70 million in annual real GDP.
Motorists and trucks are anticipated to see significant savings in travel time when using the Bradford Bypass compared to existing routes along local roads, saving commuters up to 35 minutes per trip.
The government has invested approximately $2.6 billion in funding for 2021–22 in support of the Ontario Highways Program, which features more than 580 expansion and rehabilitation projects, including the Bradford Bypass.
Early works construction is expected to begin in late 2022.