The Ontario Ministry of Transportation (MTO) aims to move people and goods safely, efficiently and sustainably across Ontario to improve quality of life and support a globally competitive economy.
MTO has the following projects underway that affect Guelph.
Expansion of Highway 6 from North of Freelton to Maltby Road
MTO is planning a realignment of Highway 6 (Hanlon Expressway) between Maltby Road and Maddaugh Road. This work includes:
- Widening of Highway 401 from 6 lanes to 10 lanes between the interchange with the new Highway 6 North alignment (Hanlon Expressway) to Highway 6 South (Brock Road/Wellington Road 46),
- Construction of three (3) new interchanges and improvements to the Highway 401 and Highway 6 (Hanlon Expressway) interchange and the Highway 401/Brock Road interchange,
- Three (3) new overpass structures and eight (8) underpass structures, and
- Construction of a local connection road in the Township of Puslinch.
Phase 1 of this project was completed in 2019, which included the replacement of the Concession Road 7 Bridge over Highway 401.
Implications for Guelph include the closure of Maltby Road at the Hanlon Expressway, and redirecting access to the Hanlon via Concession Road 7 to a new interchange approximately mid-way between Wellington Road 34 and Maltby Road/Concession Road 4.
The next phase includes:
- the construction of a new interchange on Highway 6 North (Hanlon Expressway) between Maltby Road and Wellington Road 34,
- removal of the signalized intersection at Highway 6 North and Maltby Road,
- replacement of the signalized intersection at Highway 6 North and Wellington Road 34 with a new overpass on Wellington Road 34 at Highway 6 North, and
- improvements to Concession Road 7.
MTO expects to issue a design-build contract by February 2022, with construction possibly starting at the end of 2022 and completion in late 2025.
New Highway 7 between Kitchener and Guelph
The new Highway 7 between Kitchener and Guelph will connect Highway 85 in Kitchener with Highway 6 (Hanlon Expressway) in Guelph by a new 18 km four-lane freeway. In Guelph, the project includes a new interchange at Woodlawn Road/Silvercreek Parkway and the Hanlon Expressway, and municipal road improvements to enhance traffic operations.
The project is being completed in phases. Phase 1 is complete.
Phase 2 involves the construction of two bridges over the Grand River, with construction subject to approvals and funding availability. All work is planned for Waterloo Region.
Phase 3 involves the construction of new Highway 7 between Kitchener and Guelph that will connect all remaining work between Kitchener and Guelph. In Guelph, Phase 3 includes:
- Highway 6 (Hanlon Parkway) and Woodlawn Road interchange in Guelph (anticipated as early 2023 subject to agreement with Guelph Junction Railway and CN Rail)
- Guelph Junction Railway modifications (anticipated as early 2023 subject to agreement with Guelph Junction Railway and CN Rail)
- Two Species at Risk (SAR) habitat replacements outside the City of Guelph (anticipated in 2022)
Other work underway for Phase 3 includes updating the natural, social and cultural environmental conditions to ensure the original environmental assessment (EA) reflects current conditions and developing mitigation measures; undertaking detailed soil and foundation investigations and analysis; and continuing detailed engineering work.
Highway 6 from Guelph north city limits to Wellington Road 7
This project is scheduled for 2023 and includes the rehabilitation of approximately 4.2 km of Highway 6 and minor safety and operational improvements from Woodlawn Road in Guelph to Wellington Road 7, just north of Marden.
Highway 6 (Hanlon Expressway) from Speed River to Maltby Road
This project’s Preliminary Design Review and Detailed Design Study include a plan to:
- Upgrade the section of Highway 6 within the study limits to a controlled access freeway,
- Replace the intersection at Kortright Road/Downy Road with a partial interchange (Highway 6 access to and from the south only),
- Replace the intersection at Stone Road with a full interchange,
- Replace the intersection at College Avenue with a bridge at Highway 6 (no connection to the highway), and
- Other associated improvements.
For more information
Ministry of Transportation
Aruna Aundhia, Communications Coordinator, West Operations
City of Guelph
Transportation Planning Services