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Highway 401 expansion in east-end Kingston complete

The Highway 401 widening in the east end of Kingston is complete, the provincial government announced Thursday, Jun. 18, 2020. Photo by Samantha Butler-Hassan.

The provincial government has announced the completion of widening Highway 401 from four to six lanes, from west of the Cataraqui River Bridge to Highway 15.

“The increase in lanes on Highway 401 is great news for Kingston and families across our entire region,” said Steve Clark, MPP for Leeds-Grenville-Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes. 

“The Highway 401 and Highway 15 interchange provides access to the Canadian Forces Base… and many businesses and distribution centres located at the east-end of Kingston. It’s an essential part of our province’s supply chain and serves as a major access point to the City of Kingston for commercial, recreational and local traffic,” he said.

According to provincial statistics, nearly 60,000 vehicles travel this stretch of highway on a daily basis. 

“The new Cataraqui River Bridge, located over the Historical World Heritage Rideau Canal, and the one additional lane in each direction, will help traffic move safely along this important stretch of Highway 401,” said Daryl Kramp, MPP for Hastings-Lennox and Addington. “

The province spent $26.8 million on the highway expansion project.

“Investing in critical highway infrastructure is a key part of our plan to support local communities, drive economic growth, create jobs and keep families safe,” said  Caroline Mulroney, Minister of Transportation. “The completion of this project will reduce congestion and enhance safety along this vital commercial corridor.” 

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Samantha Butler-Hassan

Samantha Butler-Hassan is a staff writer and life-long Kingston resident. She is a news junkie and mom who loves reading and exploring the community. This article has been made possible with the support of the Local Journalism Initiative.

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