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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.


A policy "road" win for the Peterborough Chamber of Commerce

When the provincial government recently announced the preferred bidder for the second phase of the Highway 407 project, it was the culmination of more than a decade of lobbying to see the new highway extend to the 35/115.

Blackbird Infrastructure Group will design, build, finance and maintain the Highway 407 East Phase 2 project.

The Blackbird Infrastructure Group team includes: Holcim Canada Inc., which owns Dufferin Construction and Aggregates. There are several Dufferin locations in and around the Kawarthas. 

The recommendation to government was first introduced at the 2004 Ontario Chamber of Commerce Annual General Meeting in Thunder Bay.  At that time, Greater Peterborough Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Stuart Harrison stood to ask that the policy recommendation include that the road be extended to the 35/115. 

The lobbying continued with a number of Chamber members writing letters to then Minister of Transportation Harinder Takhar.  The letters were in support of the extension of the 35/115 and came from members in the tourism, manufacturing, consulting, and retail sectors.  The member spoke of how the extension would open up the area to new markets, in that more people will be able to access Peterborough and the
Kawarthas, and businesses in this area can move their goods and services through the GTA in a more timely fashion.  

A tip of the hat to the efforts of our MPP Jeff Leal on this important file.

Construction is anticipated to begin in fall 2015.

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