Minister of Transportation Jeff Yurek has announced that the Government of Ontario will restart the environmental assessment of the GTA West Corridor.
“We will re-start the Environmental Assessment for the GTA West Corridor. The EA will identify and address transportation needs in the corridor through York, Peel and Halton Regions,” said Yurek during a speech to attendees at the Ontario Roudbuilders’ Association 92nd Annual Convention.
The GTA West Corridor was a proposed highway that would link Highway 401 to Highway 400 west of Toronto, allowing travellers from southwestern Ontario to avoid entering Toronto when travelling to communities north of the city.
The original plans suggested that a new highway, one that began at or near the intersection of Highways 401 and 407, northeast of Milton, and then travel north and east to intersect with Highway 400, at or near King Road west of King City, would help meet the transportation needs of the growing population just outside of the Greater Toronto Area.
The previous Liberal government halted the environmental assessment of the proposed highway in February of 2018 after reviewing advice from the GTA West Advisory Panel. The panel concluded that a proposed highway was not the best way to meet the changing transportation needs of the region.