Oshawa 407 campaign continues PDF Print E-mail

Oshawa continues to ramp up the pressure on the province to fully extend the 407 toll road to Highway 35/115 in one continuous phase.

Week two of the RAMP it up! Hwy 407 East Extension campaign began with Mayor Henry emailing a letter to all Ontario MPPs and MPs asking for their written support on expediting construction of the Hwy 407 East Extension. The email letter and responses in support, along with any non-responses, are posted online at www.oshawa.ca/407.

Since the RAMP it up! launch on January 24:
•    over 550 names have been added to the online petition at www.oshawa.ca/407;
•    50,000 postage-paid postcards are being distributed to communities across Ontario;
•    over 50 municipal/regional governments (Durham Region Municipalities, GTA Regions and GTAH Municipalities) have received a campaign toolkit;
•    106 Ontario MPs and 107 Ontario MPPs have been asked for their written support; and,
•    approximately 50 Twitter messages have been posted to the @oshawacity Twitter account with more than 600 followers.

Public and political pressure surrounding the Hwy 407 East Extension project has been building since the province unexpectedly announced it would build the extension in two phases - contrary to years of preparation, study and promises for a one-phase extension from Brock Road in Pickering through to Hwy 35/115.

Currently, the province plans to stop Hwy 407 at Simcoe Street in Oshawa using a two-phased approach, which will ultimately mean higher costs for all provincial taxpayers. In addition, it will cost the residents of Durham Region and the City of Oshawa approximately $329 million in unplanned capital road work plus ongoing maintenance costs.