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New Highway 7 finally announced — wait for it — $300M and..

By shost at 9:33 am on Tuesday, October 28, 2014

The province is surprisingly moving ahead with a new highway 7 – connecting the bustling Metropolis of Guelph with the growing (up, not out) metropolis of Waterloo Region. Soon you’ll have a four lane, divided and fully grade separated journey through farmlands of Guelph and Woolwich Townships (Ripe for development once the OMB gets their paws on it  - More Wal-Marts, Boston Pizza’s, Canadian Tires and Hotels).

YAY! I’m so happy! I can’t wait for Waterloo region residents looking to take a short-cut to the 401 through Guelph – wait for it – only to be stopped by the red lights at Guelph’s NON GRADE SEPERATED intersections. That’s right – your new, 100 KM/H highway will basically ‘end’ in Guelph where you’ll be subject to the same stop and go intersections, 70 KM/H speed limits (80 elsewhere). Hence, for $300 million, TEN TIMES the price of GO service to Guelph, Acton and Kitchener, you’ll have essentially a highway to a non-highway. It’ll cost another $200 million to finish grade separations in Guelph – when? 2030? Will it ever happen? Or is the province dreaming that they’ll finish Highway 407 west through the escarpment down to milton bypassing Guelph?

The new highway is to be completed to Guelph and Kitchener by 2020. Mayor (re-elect) Craig: $300 million would have brought GO service to Cambridge, with $200 million left over to fund the LRT project from Fairway Mall to Cambridge.

The only sane reason I see this project going ahead is to avoid the widening of HWY 401 from HWY 24 to HWY 8 in Cambridge/Kitchener – which itself is about a $100-200M job (due to river and railway rights of way that require a sort of land-bridge, expensive to re-create and widen in an environmentally sensitive area)

Then again – is anything sane with the province’s decisions? Comment below.

Link to Guelph Mercury article: http://www.guelphmercury.com/news-story/4943888-work-on-new-guelph-kitchener-highway-7-to-begin-this-spring/

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October 28, 2014 @ 9:55 pm

I don’t forsee a lot of people choosing to drive through Guelph to get to the GTA from KW. Only from far east Kitchener would it be shorter.

I don’t really understand why this highway is necessary in general. I would think upgrading to something like Trafalgar rd would make more sense. I guess safety reasons like extending the 417 further west past Ottawa? I suspect more it has to do with buying votes than anything else.

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