According to CHML, Mayor Larry Di Ianni, who never met a highway he didn't like, is headed to Queen's Park to stump for the mid-peninsula highway with Ontario Transportation Minister Donna Cansfield.
Proposed route of the mid-peninsula highway
The proposed highway would start in Niagara Falls Peace Bridge or Fort Erie, pass through Welland, swoop around Hamilton to the south, and connect either to the 403 in Hamilton, the 407 in Burlington, or the 401 in Guelph.
Like the Red Hill Valley Expressway, plans for the mid-pen have been kicking around since the 1950s. The idea gained traction in the 1990s as traffic on the Queen Elizabeth Way grew more congested.
The Ontario Government has delayed the project repeatedly, pending a new environmental assessment. Property owners along the proposed route have also been reluctant to sell.
Amazingly, the main defence of this plan concerns protecting sensitive fruitlands through the Niagara growing region.
More information on the mid-pen is available from Citizens Opposed to Paving the Escarpment.
(Thanks to Jason Leach for passing on this news article.)
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