Work has begun on the first phase of a multi-year plan to widen Highway 7 between Ottawa and Carleton Place.
R.W. Tomlinson of Gloucester was awarded the $45 million construction contract and work is expected to finish by summer 2008. All three phases are budgeted at $106 million and the work should be done by 2010.
Phase one involves widening Highway 7 from Highway 417 to west of Jinkinson Road, a distance of 8.6 kilometres. Related work includes upgrading the westbound Highway 417 interchange and building a new bridge at the Hazeldean Road interchange, and closing the Rothbourne Road entrance to Highway 7 and improving access to Highway 7 at Hazeldean interchange.
More than 16,000 drivers use the section each day, and the road carries $34 million of goods daily.
Where possible, one lane of traffic will remain open in each direction during construction. Several short evening closures are planned at the Hazeldean Road and Highway 417 interchanges and the Highway 7 westbound ramp will be closed for one weekend. Traffic will be redirected to Carp Road.