Request for Proposals Stage Closed

TORONTO - The Ontario Ministry of Transportation (MTO) and Infrastructure Ontario today announced the request for proposals (RFP) stage has closed for short-listed bidders to submit proposals to design, build, finance and maintain phase one of the new Highway 407 East project.

The new highway will be built in two phases: phase one will extend Highway 407 East from Brock Road in Pickering to Harmony Road in Oshawa, connecting it to Highway 401 with a new link -- the West Durham Link; phase two will continue the highway eastward to Highway 35/115 and connect it to Highway 401 with a new link -- the East Durham Link by 2020.

Design and construction of phase one of the highway project will create and sustain approximately 13,000 jobs throughout the Greater Toronto Area and Durham Region.

Over the next several months, Infrastructure Ontario and MTO will evaluate submissions based on criteria set out in the RFP. The successful bidder is expected to be announced in early 2012, when the evaluation process is complete. The project cost will be announced publicly following financial close, expected in spring 2012. Preparation work for phase one construction will begin later that year; phase one of the project is expected to open to traffic in late 2015.

Highway 407 East will be a publicly owned toll road. The province will operate Highway 407 East, establish customer service standards, set toll rates and retain all revenues generated by tolls on Highway 407 East.

Infrastructure Ontario and MTO are working together to develop the new Highway 407 East project.

Infrastructure Ontario is a Crown corporation dedicated to managing some of the province's larger and more complex infrastructure renewal projects - ensuring they are built on time and on budget.

For more information about the procurement of this project, visit


Honourable Bob Chiarelli, Minister of Infrastructure, Minister of Transportation
“We're investing in our highways to provide Ontarians with access to modern, safe and efficient infrastructure. This project is part of our government's long-term infrastructure plan Building Together, which demonstrates the McGuinty government's commitment to stimulate the economy, create jobs and build strong communities.”


Paulette den Elzen
Infrastructure Ontario

Bob Nichols
Ministry of Transportation

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