September 18, 2009
Media Release

The Regional Municipality of York hosts official opening of newly reconstructed Teston Road and new Highway 400 interchange


NEWMARKET
– Members of York Regional Council, City of Vaughan Council and the Government of Ontario today officially opened a newly reconstructed portion of Teston Road and new Highway 400 interchange in the City of Vaughan. 
 
The new interchange will provide more travel options for commuters in the Vaughan area by allowing easier access to and from Highway 400.
 
“Transportation is a critical issue in York Region as our communities continue to intensify,” said York Region Chairman and CEO Bill Fisch.  “Improvements to our Regional road network and creating better access to large arterial routes such as Highway 400 are important elements of our strategy to help create an efficient and sustainable transportation network for both residents and businesses.”
 
The Teston Road and Highway 400 Interchange is a multi-faceted project that took two-and-a-half years to complete at a cost of approximately $28 million.  The Regional Municipality of York provided $25 million towards the project, with the Government of Ontario providing $3 million for the interchange portion.  The project includes:
• Widening Weston Road from two lanes to five lanes from north of Major Mackenzie Drive to Teston Road
• Widening Teston Road from two lanes to four lanes from Weston Road to west of Jane Street
• Construction of a new interchange at Teston Road and Highway 400
• Removing the old Teston Road bridge over Highway 400 and constructing a new one
• Construction of a new bridge on Teston Road over Cold Creek (west of Cityview Boulevard)
• Installing new traffic signals at each intersection
 
The Highway 400 Interchange features a unique alignment on the northwest corner due to the proximity of Cold Creek, a local watercourse that runs along the west side of the highway.  To help mitigate potential environmental impacts, the alignment was shifted to run underneath Teston Road to Cityview Boulevard.
 
“I’m very proud of what we’ve achieved in transit over the course of our six years in government,” said Vaughan MPP Greg Sorbara.  “That includes over $1 billion in trust for a Vaughan subway and innovative projects like the one here today.” 
 
“As one of Ontario’s fastest growing communities, travel demand continues to be an ongoing challenge in the City of Vaughan,” said City of Vaughan Mayor Linda Jackson.  “This reconstructive work on Teston Road and new Highway 400 Interchange demonstrates how the Region, the Province and the City are working together to create transportation solutions that make a difference to our residents.”
 
The Teston Road and Highway 400 Interchange project is one of several undertaken by York Region as part of a $110 million 2009 Roads Capital program.  Road construction, widening and ongoing maintenance, together with transit, rapid transit, carpooling, cycling and walking, are all essential elements of ensuring a high quality of life in York Region through the efficient movement of people and goods within our communities.
 
For more information on The Regional Municipality of York, please visit www.york.ca
 
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Media Contact: Michael Kemp, Corporate Communications, York Region
                      Phone: 905 830-4444 Ext. 1232 / Cell: 905 251-6419
                      Email: michael.kemp@york.ca

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