The provincial government is currently looking at plans to expand current highways and create new corridors in our region. I do not and have not supported the provincial plans to build a Mid-Penn or super highway through Flamborough and Burlington Halton areas. I have worked alongside MPP Ted McMeekin and Burlington councillor John Taylor to oppose this highway for several years.
A study is currently underway looking at how to handle the prediction of increased traffic along Highway 403 in Hamilton. The cross section being looked at most closely would see the highway expanded to eight lanes, with four in each direction. Of the four, three would be general purpose lanes and one would be an HOV lane. This plan can generally be accommodated within the existing available highway right of way. The capacity will be assessed and other plans will be considered, including widening Highway 403 through Hamilton to 10 lanes; a new corridor connecting Highway 403 in West Hamilton to Highway 401; a new corridor connecting Highway 403 in West Hamilton to 407 ETR; and other new corridor and highway widening alternatives.
Currently, the proposed K-W Corridor, which was to connect Highway 403 in West Hamilton to Highway 401 and divert traffic from other parallel corridors in Hamilton, has been removed from further consideration. The study found that the corridor would not address key capacity deficiencies on Highway 403 through Hamilton and was therefore not worth pursuing.
Also, a decision has been made not to widen the QEW in Halton.
What are your thoughts on the current plans to widen Highway 403? Are you concerned about a super highway being built in your community? I welcome your feedback and questions.