The majority of major roads in Ontario, including those in the Greater Toronto Area, are numbered, such as route 401 and highway 7. The roadways of the 400-series are freeways (equivalent to interstate highways in the U.S.).
The busiest motorway in the world, Highway 401, is the primary expressway in Toronto. The highway through Toronto is a four-lane roadway (express and collector lanes). The majority of exit ramps are only accessible from the collector lanes, and slip roads connect the two carriageways. Before using the roadway, it is recommended to consult local traffic reports or the Ministry of Transportation’s website. In addition to the roads in the 400-series, Toronto additionally boasts a network of municipal expressways. The F.G. Gardiner Freeway is an elevated expressway that provides direct access to downtown Toronto via the south end of Toronto along Lake Ontario and into downtown. At the east end of downtown, this meets the Don Valley Parkway, which leads north to the 401.
Continuing along the Gardiner through Don Valley, the highway terminates and becomes Lakeshore Boulevard, which connects to Kingston Road via Woodbine Avenue. Kingston Road extends along Lake Ontario through Scarborough to Highway 2A, which connects to the 401 east of Toronto at Pickering. East Toronto’s “missing link” region may also be traversed by traveling up Don Valley to the 401 and then east via Scarborough. The 427 links the southwest-bound Gardiner Expressway to the northwest-bound 401. Within the 401/427 region is Pearson International Airport. accessible by the 427 from the south and the 409 (a connector highway between the 401 and Pearson Airport) from the east. Keep a watch on the signage for Pearson’s tiny road network, since it might be confusing. The 401 to the north, the 427 to the west, the Don Valley Parkway to the east, and the F.G. Gardiner Expressway to the south create a box around Toronto’s central business district.
Beyond the city, there are other highways. After passing the 427 on the F.G. Gardiner (or the Gardiner, as it is called locally), the route becomes the Queen Elizabeth Way (QEW), which skirts Mississauga to Fort Erie. The highways 403 and 405 that are accessible from the QEW provide access to Hamilton and Niagara Falls. In Vaughan, 427 terminates at Zenway Boulevard, heading north from the airport along 427. Before leaving the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), the 401 goes through Ajax and Oshawa to the east of Pickering’s 2A.
The Ontario Highways Program is the source of all information about highways in Ontario, providing information about highway expansions, rehabilitation projects in existing ones, either planner or underway of Ontario communities in all kinds of formats, even an interactive map and sortable tables. There are more than 400 highways in Ontario and dozens of expansion programs. Citizens of towns from all parts of Ontario can benefit from constant expansion of the road system of the province.
The budget for this year released on April 28. From April 2022 to March 2023, the Ontario government is funding a budget of CAD 3 billion for repairs and expansions of provincial highways and bridges, including a construction funding of CAD 1.7 billion in the region of Southern Ontario and approximately CAD 624 million in Northern Ontario. These investments expected to construct more than 15.000 direct and indirect jobs, improving the quality of the workers, families and small businesses all over Ontario. This year’s budget also includes extra funding for projects that have already started to move forward to the conclusion. Also, in addition to that, there is funding for new bridges on Highway 7 over the Grand River in Kitchener. It also has a replacement for a bridge on Highway 401 at Albert Street in Durham Region.
The Northern Highways Program is an exclusive listing of all highway projects that are planned or already exist in the region of Northern Ontario. In this section, all the expansion projects with applied construction funding identified, plus the upcoming expansions with a target completion date to be defined, project rehabilitation program scheduled to run from 2022 to 2025.
The Southern Highways Program is an exclusive listing of all highway projects that are planned or already exist in the region of Southern Ontario. In this section, all the expansion projects with applied construction funding identified, plus the upcoming expansions with target completion dates to be defined, the project rehabilitation program scheduled to run from 2022 to 2025.