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The design to widen Highway 7 from Reesor Road to Brock Road will begin and an environmental assessment undertaken. Image: Google

Design work on widening Highway 7 to begin

Environmental Assessment for 10 kilometers from Pickering to Markham

The Ontario government is investing $12 million to support the widening of Highway 7 from Reesor Road in Markham to Brock Road in Pickering, Minister of Transporation Prabmeet Sarkaria announced on April 11.

The initial investment announced on April 11 will be used to support the preliminary design and environmental assessment work to widen 10.4 kilometres of Highway 7. The Highway 7 expansion project will also include improvements to local intersections and the expansion of the Little Rouge Creek bridge in Markham.

Approximately 8,500 vehicles travel Highway 7 from Reesor Road to Brock Road every day.

“Widening Highway 7 is a milestone investment from Ontario’s 2024 Budget and another step in our government’s plan to build a better Ontario,” said Sarkaria at the announcement event, which was held in the Pickering-Uxbridge riding of Ontario Finance Minister Peter Bethlenfalvy. The expansion from two to four lanes is expected to allow drivers spend less time in traffic and support the area’s manufacturing, life sciences and agricultural sectors.

“The expansion of Highway 7 brings more than just widened roads; it paves the way for enhanced connectivity, economic growth, and smoother commutes for residents and businesses alike,” said Bethlenfalvy. “Pickering continues to see job growth, bigger paychecks, and a brighter future.”

According to Ontario’s press release, by 2051 the Greater Golden Horseshoe’s population is expected to grow from 10 million to almost 15 million people.