Morriston bypass will boost local business, ease commuter woes, say local MPPs

News Mar 31, 2016 Guelph Tribune

Local Liberal and Progressive Conservative MPPs both had only good things to say about news that the Ontario government would be moving forward with plans to create a bypass around the village of Morriston.

“It’s been a long road to get this road,” said Wellington-Halton Hills MPP Ted Arnott, speaking at a news conference in Puslinch to announce the Morriston bypass and improvements to Highway 401.

For years, the Conservative MPP has been pushing for the government to make a bypass on Highway 6 around Morriston, just south of the 401, a priority. With Tuesday’s announcement, he is finally getting his wish.

“We need the Morriston bypass in Wellington-Halton Hills, and I want to thank the government of Ontario for approving it,” he said.

The announcement was made by Minister of Transportation Steven Del Duca, who called the section of Highway 6 “one of the busiest two-lane highways in the province.”

The project will see the creation of a new 5-km route connecting the Hanlon Expressway with Highway 6 South, bypassing the community of Morriston.

A stretch of Highway 401 will also be widened from six to 10 lanes and will include new High Occupancy Vehicle lanes. The improvements will also include three new interchanges, improvements to the existing Highway 6 interchanges and construction of a local connection road.

There’s no word on exactly what the project is expected to cost, with the government saying only that the price will be made public at the time of the construction contract award.

Construction of the bypass is expected to start as early as 2020.

Whatever the cost, during the news conference Guelph MPP Liz Sandals spoke positively about the project’s potential economic impact.

“We will get rid of the bottleneck in the north-south corridor for all the businesses that are in our part of the world, and that means they will be able to get goods to and from their destinations more quickly, and time is money,” Sandals said.

Highway 6 is the north-south corridor not just for businesses in Guelph, but also for Kitchener, Waterloo and Cambridge, she said, noting the road is important for anyone shipping goods to Hamilton, Niagara and beyond into the U.S.

It is also important for anyone who needs to get parts or raw materials into this area in order to produce goods, she said.

But it is not just businesses that will feel the positive impact.

“This has a very real impact on the ordinary citizens of Guelph,” Sandals said.

It will improve the drive for people commuting back and forth between Guelph and Hamilton, as well as for the many people who travel Highway 6 to get medical treatment in Hamilton, Sandals said.

The highway project is part of the Ontario government’s roughly $160-billion infrastructure investment over 12 years. Projects will include roads, bridges, transit systems, schools and hospitals.

Morriston bypass will boost local business, ease commuter woes, say local MPPs

Construction of new route will bypass bottleneck on Highway 6 South at 401

News Mar 31, 2016 Guelph Tribune

Local Liberal and Progressive Conservative MPPs both had only good things to say about news that the Ontario government would be moving forward with plans to create a bypass around the village of Morriston.

“It’s been a long road to get this road,” said Wellington-Halton Hills MPP Ted Arnott, speaking at a news conference in Puslinch to announce the Morriston bypass and improvements to Highway 401.

For years, the Conservative MPP has been pushing for the government to make a bypass on Highway 6 around Morriston, just south of the 401, a priority. With Tuesday’s announcement, he is finally getting his wish.

“We need the Morriston bypass in Wellington-Halton Hills, and I want to thank the government of Ontario for approving it,” he said.

The announcement was made by Minister of Transportation Steven Del Duca, who called the section of Highway 6 “one of the busiest two-lane highways in the province.”

The project will see the creation of a new 5-km route connecting the Hanlon Expressway with Highway 6 South, bypassing the community of Morriston.

A stretch of Highway 401 will also be widened from six to 10 lanes and will include new High Occupancy Vehicle lanes. The improvements will also include three new interchanges, improvements to the existing Highway 6 interchanges and construction of a local connection road.

There’s no word on exactly what the project is expected to cost, with the government saying only that the price will be made public at the time of the construction contract award.

Construction of the bypass is expected to start as early as 2020.

Whatever the cost, during the news conference Guelph MPP Liz Sandals spoke positively about the project’s potential economic impact.

“We will get rid of the bottleneck in the north-south corridor for all the businesses that are in our part of the world, and that means they will be able to get goods to and from their destinations more quickly, and time is money,” Sandals said.

Highway 6 is the north-south corridor not just for businesses in Guelph, but also for Kitchener, Waterloo and Cambridge, she said, noting the road is important for anyone shipping goods to Hamilton, Niagara and beyond into the U.S.

It is also important for anyone who needs to get parts or raw materials into this area in order to produce goods, she said.

But it is not just businesses that will feel the positive impact.

“This has a very real impact on the ordinary citizens of Guelph,” Sandals said.

It will improve the drive for people commuting back and forth between Guelph and Hamilton, as well as for the many people who travel Highway 6 to get medical treatment in Hamilton, Sandals said.

The highway project is part of the Ontario government’s roughly $160-billion infrastructure investment over 12 years. Projects will include roads, bridges, transit systems, schools and hospitals.

Morriston bypass will boost local business, ease commuter woes, say local MPPs

Construction of new route will bypass bottleneck on Highway 6 South at 401

News Mar 31, 2016 Guelph Tribune

Local Liberal and Progressive Conservative MPPs both had only good things to say about news that the Ontario government would be moving forward with plans to create a bypass around the village of Morriston.

“It’s been a long road to get this road,” said Wellington-Halton Hills MPP Ted Arnott, speaking at a news conference in Puslinch to announce the Morriston bypass and improvements to Highway 401.

For years, the Conservative MPP has been pushing for the government to make a bypass on Highway 6 around Morriston, just south of the 401, a priority. With Tuesday’s announcement, he is finally getting his wish.

“We need the Morriston bypass in Wellington-Halton Hills, and I want to thank the government of Ontario for approving it,” he said.

The announcement was made by Minister of Transportation Steven Del Duca, who called the section of Highway 6 “one of the busiest two-lane highways in the province.”

The project will see the creation of a new 5-km route connecting the Hanlon Expressway with Highway 6 South, bypassing the community of Morriston.

A stretch of Highway 401 will also be widened from six to 10 lanes and will include new High Occupancy Vehicle lanes. The improvements will also include three new interchanges, improvements to the existing Highway 6 interchanges and construction of a local connection road.

There’s no word on exactly what the project is expected to cost, with the government saying only that the price will be made public at the time of the construction contract award.

Construction of the bypass is expected to start as early as 2020.

Whatever the cost, during the news conference Guelph MPP Liz Sandals spoke positively about the project’s potential economic impact.

“We will get rid of the bottleneck in the north-south corridor for all the businesses that are in our part of the world, and that means they will be able to get goods to and from their destinations more quickly, and time is money,” Sandals said.

Highway 6 is the north-south corridor not just for businesses in Guelph, but also for Kitchener, Waterloo and Cambridge, she said, noting the road is important for anyone shipping goods to Hamilton, Niagara and beyond into the U.S.

It is also important for anyone who needs to get parts or raw materials into this area in order to produce goods, she said.

But it is not just businesses that will feel the positive impact.

“This has a very real impact on the ordinary citizens of Guelph,” Sandals said.

It will improve the drive for people commuting back and forth between Guelph and Hamilton, as well as for the many people who travel Highway 6 to get medical treatment in Hamilton, Sandals said.

The highway project is part of the Ontario government’s roughly $160-billion infrastructure investment over 12 years. Projects will include roads, bridges, transit systems, schools and hospitals.