The provincial government is moving ahead with a 400 series to run from the 400 in Vaughan, south of Bolton, roughly across Old School Road and down Heritage Road, joining the 401 at the 407 area. This will permanently impact some of our favourite (road) cycling routes as well as The Greenbelt, with stated benefits of greater connectivity between urban growth centres, enhanced people and goods movement, improved commuting and greater economic vitality. A second round of public info sessions is being held beginning this week: Thurs Sept 19 4-8pm Venetian Salon, Chateau le Jardin Conference Car, 8440 Hwy 27, Woodridge, Thurs Sept 26 4-8pm Kinsmen Hall, Gellert Ctr, 10241 Eighth Line Georgetown, and Thurs Oct 3 4-8pm Peel Junior Farmers Hall, Brampton Fairgrounds 12942 Heart Lake Road, Caledon. More info to be found by googling GTA West Corridor.
Firstly, this is not a new idea. The 413 as it has was called has been in the books for 30+ years. It was originally proposed to run from Milton to Bolton (that may be extended at some time) as a northern east-west corridor. If memory is correct, one of the main uses was to be for transport of arrogate to Caledon in expectation of the urban and residential growth. For those that do not know, as of five or six years ago, the estimated population of Caledon in 50 years is to be around 750K. Yes 750,000. Keeping in mind with the Green Belt, most of this growth is to be developed south of Old School Rd. Oddly enough, I heard a report either last year or earlier this year the project had been cancelled. I guess not. As for cycling, around 5 or so years ago, just as the club was starting the road riding division, I received a call from the MTO inquiring if we or the cycling community used the intersection of HYWY 10 and Old School Rd. My thought at the time was indeed this was regarding the proposed 413 and a inclusion for cycling. I never heard anything further from them.