Waterloo Region—Today, Kitchener-Conestoga MPP Mike Harris, Kitchener South-Hespeler MPP Amy Fee, and Cambridge MPP Belinda Karahalios announced Ontario’s commitment to fund the New Highway 7 between Kitchener and Guelph.
The project will include 18 km of four-lane freeway and a new crossing over the Grand River, supporting local job creation and driving economic growth while improving safety and reducing commute times.
“This announcement demonstrates our government’s ongoing support for commuters and economic recovery in Waterloo Region and Guelph. We heard loud and clear that a New Highway 7 has long been a top priority for local residents, therefore today’s commitment is a clear signal that we are moving forward on this essential project.” – MPP Harris, MPP Fee, MPP Karahalios.
The new Highway 7 will connect the fast-growing urban centres of Kitchener, Waterloo and Guelph, and provide relief to the heavily-travelled Highway 401. The project includes:
- A new 18 kilometre four-lane freeway
- Seven interchanges, including a multi-level freeway to freeway interchange connecting the new Highway 7 and Highway 85 (Kitchener-Waterloo Expressway)
- A new crossing over the Grand River
- Local road improvements to enhance traffic operations.
Preparatory construction, design and engineering work for the new Highway 7 has already begun. Procurement could begin as early as 2021 after the remaining field investigations and preliminary engineering is complete.
The project value will be available once the contract is awarded to a successful bidder, which is expected to happen in 2021. For 2020-21, the province has allocated approximately $2.6 billion in funding to expand and repair Ontario’s highways and bridges. This includes approximately $764 million for expansion.
“Everyone in Waterloo Region knows how important the construction of Highway 7 is for the Innovation Corridor connecting the communities of Waterloo Region and Guelph. We are thankful to the Province for delivering certainty for Highway 7 during this time of economic recovery.”- Karen Redman, Chair of the Region of Waterloo.
“The County of Wellington is pleased that the Ontario Government has committed to building a new Highway #7 between the Region of Waterloo and the City of Guelph a priority. The new modern 4-lane freeway will contribute to economic development opportunities across the entire region while enhancing the safety of all commuters. The County shares the Province of Ontario’s commitment to investing real dollars in rebuilding our transportation infrastructure.” – Kelly Linton, Warden of the County of Wellington.
“On behalf of the City of Guelph, I am grateful to the provincial government for their investment in the expansion of Highway 7. This long-awaited infrastructure will bring enhanced connectivity for employment and commerce in our region, and make this vital roadway safer for people travelling between Guelph and Kitchener-Waterloo. Our community contributes skilled labour, goods and services to Ontario’s innovation corridor, and we look forward to working in partnership with the Province on infrastructure projects like this one as our region continues to grow.” – Cam Guthrie, Mayor of the City of Guelph
“This announcement is great news for the Waterloo Region business sector. We are connecting two economic growth centres with tremendous potential and the Chamber thanks our local MPPs for their efforts in moving this project forward.” – Art Sinclair, VP Greater Kitchener Waterloo Chamber of Commerce.
“Highway 7 is a key transportation corridor between Kitchener, Waterloo and Guelph, and that’s why we are making historic investments to improve and modernize it. We are investing in these critical infrastructure projects to drive economic growth and create jobs during these extremely difficult times.” – Caroline Mulroney, Minister of Transportation.
- Existing Highway 7 between Kitchener and Guelph is one of the busiest two-lane provincial highways in Ontario.
- For 2020-21, the province has allocated approximately $2.6 billion funding to expand and repair Ontario’s highways and bridges. This includes approximately $764 million for expansion.