Canada is set to widen Highway 401 from six to ten lanes in the Cambridge area of Ontario to reduce traffic congestion.

The move was jointly announced by the federal and provincial governments.

As agreed, Highway 401 will be widened between Hespeler Road and Townline Road. Construction is expected to begin later this year.

Once complete, the project is expected to reduce journey times and expedite the transportation of essential goods along the corridor.

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Ontario Minister of Transportation Caroline Mulroney said: “Highway 401 is a lifeline for travel and the movement of goods throughout our province and that’s why we are making historic investments to expand and modernise it.

“Together with our federal partners, we are investing in these critical infrastructure projects to drive economic growth and create jobs during these extremely difficult times.”

Highway 401 forms a key artery in Ontario’s highway network. It connects the Greater Toronto Area with southwestern Ontario and then stretches up to the US, thereby supporting international trade.

Canadian Minister of Infrastructure and Communities Catherine McKenna said: “Investments in modern transportation infrastructure are important to building strong communities and thriving businesses.

“The widening of Highway 401 in Cambridge, including the creation of high-occupancy vehicle lanes, will make it easier and safer for Ontarians and local businesses to get to their destination.

“With our partners, we’re building transportation networks that support a strong economy, and the safe movement of people and goods.”

Earlier this month, Ontario agreed to support 24 local municipalities with road improvement works.