The Government of Ontario announced it is investing $5 million in a new interchange at Highway 416 and Barnsdale Road, in Ottawa’s Barrhaven community.

“As Ontario’s population grows, it’s critical we ensure our province’s transportation network keeps pace,” said Prabmeet Sarkaria, Minister of Transportation. “The new interchange at Highway 416 and Barnsdale Road will help local residents and other drivers get where they need to go faster and more conveniently. Under the leadership of Premier Ford, our government will continue to invest in the roads and bridges that we need to keep Ontario moving.”

The Highway 416 and Barnsdale Road interchange is part of a new deal between the Ontario government and Ottawa that recognizes the unique needs of Canada’s national capital region. The deal includes up to $181 million for critical transportation projects, including rehabilitation and maintenance of Ottawa Road 174 and funding for the Kanata North Transitway.

“The provincial government understands the unique challenges our city faces. This new funding shows how committed they are to supporting the population growth and development in Ottawa and all of eastern Ontario,” said Mark Sutcliffe, Mayor of the City of Ottawa. “Advancing the design and construction of a new interchange at Highway 416 and Barnsdale Road will improve infrastructure and connectivity within our communities. It’s a game changer and will transform the way we move around our great city.”

The province will work with the City of Ottawa to plan and design the Highway 416 and Barnsdale Road interchange, which will also serve the communities of Manotick and Richmond. Since 2018, Ontario has invested approximately $425 million in highway and bridge improvements in the Ottawa region.

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“The completion of the Barnsdale interchange is a commitment our government made to the people of Ontario in 2018. I’m thrilled to celebrate the next step as we push the interchange over the finish line as part of our 2024 budget and build a better Ontario for everyone,” said Lisa MacLeod, MPP for Nepean.

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