Nine years after the Ministry of Transportation (MTO) started their Transportation Environmental Study Report, the new interchange at Highway 5 and 6 is back in the news again.
The preferred design was presented to the public in June that showed plans for a redesign of the interchange and the construction of new municipal roads and a commuter parking lot.
New interchange ramps will be constructed, as well as a new bridge over Highway 6 along Highway 5. A concrete median will be installed along Highway 6. The intersections to the east and west of the new bridge will have full illumination and new traffic signals.
The new interchange and roads are required to accommodate the increase in traffic. Over the next 20 years, volume is expected to double on Highway 6.
Since the initial proposal in 2003, the plan has undergone some changes. In 2010, the MTO identified the need to widen Highway 6 to six lanes through the interchange and to widen Dundas Street to six lanes between Highway 6 and Clappison Avenue. The widening should accommodate 2031 traffic projections.
The cost of the project is being kept under wraps so as not to interfere with the bidding process, but MTO is expected to pay for 75 per cent of the project and the City of Hamilton will be responsible for 25 per cent, with the city’s share of construction and utility costs capped at $7.5 million.
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