Peterborough Chamber helps celebrate opening of 407

We had the opportunity to celebrate the opening of Phase 1 of the 407. The highway starting at Harmony Road in Oshawa to Brock Road in Pickering officially opened to traffic on Monday, June 20th and will be free to use until January 1, 2017.

The Peterborough contingent was MPP Jeff Leal, Mayor Daryl Bennett, Warden J.Murray Jones and the Peterborough Examiner.

"Ribbon of prosperity" and "important two-way street" were a few of the descriptors used to talk about the impact of this highway. The first part of phase 2, which will end at the 35/115, will be opened in 2017 with a link to Taunton Road. The full completion date for the highway is 2020.

The Chamber has a strong connection to the 407. In 2004, there was a policy resolution from the Oshawa Chamber of Commerce to continue the 407 eastward. The then Chair of the Board for the Peterborough Chamber Dan Stanford and Stuart Harrison, President and CEO of the Peterborough Chamber asked that the recommendation to government include taking the highway all the way to the 35/115.

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