Ontario Widening and Extending Shirley Avenue in Kitchener
– Kitchener, ON
Ontario is extending Shirley Avenue, widening it from two to four lanes, and adding a two-way left turn lane to ease congestion, shorten commute times and help create or sustain jobs.
Work is expected to begin later this month and is anticipated to be completed in fall 2017. In addition to the improvements to Shirley Avenue, the project includes reconstructing a section of Wellington Street North in the City of Kitchener, and constructing sidewalks and bike lanes on Shirley Avenue.
The Shirley Avenue extension supports the largest infrastructure investment in Ontario’s history — about $160 billion over 12 years, which is supporting 110,000 jobs every year across the province, with projects such as roads, bridges, transit systems, schools and hospitals. In 2015, the province announced support for more than 325 projects that will keep people and goods moving, connect communities and improve quality of life.
Investing in Shirley Avenue, and in the new Highway 7, is part of the government’s economic plan to build Ontario up and deliver on its number-one priority to grow the economy and create jobs. The four-part plan includes helping more people get and create the jobs of the future by expanding access to high-quality college and university education. The plan is making the largest infrastructure investment in hospitals, schools, roads, bridges and transit in Ontario’s history and is investing in a low-carbon economy driven by innovative, high-growth, export-oriented businesses. The plan is also helping working Ontarians achieve a more secure retirement.
“Widening and extending Shirley Avenue is an important project for the region — this work is critical to expanding Highway 7. This project is further proof of our government’s commitment to making the daily commute and quality of life better for Ontario families.” Daiene Vernile, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Transportation
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