Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Add Lanes above or below Highway 401 to Ease Gridlock, Board of Trade Urges

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Add Lanes above or below Highway 401 to Ease Gridlock, Board of Trade Urges

Article excerpt

Vertical expansion of 401 needed: report

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TORONTO - The Toronto Region Board of Trade is calling for a vertical expansion of Highway 401 near Toronto Pearson International Airport to help alleviate gridlock it says is costing households an extra $125 per year in higher prices for everyday goods.

The business group suggests building lanes above or below the existing highway to add capacity and free up movement on a much-criticized choke point on the route through the Toronto-Waterloo corridor.

The idea is one of three released as part of a series of recommendations to improve the moving of goods on the key trade route.

The other two are encouraging off-peak deliveries to improve safety and save time and fuel, and regional co-ordination by a council with the mandate to address current and future "pain points. …

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