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Province to proceed with Highway 40 expansion

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Journal Staff

After decades of lobbying senior government, Sarnia will finally see a risky stretch of Highway 40 widened to four lanes from two.

Ontario gave the green light last month to the highway section running north from Indian Road to a point just north of Wellington Street.

Highway 40 is used by more than 13,000 vehicles a day, and Sarnia and Lambton County have since the early 1980s pushed for improvements because of the large volume of trucks carrying fuel, chemicals and other hazardous goods.

The start date and cost are not yet known.

“Once the planning work is complete, design and construction can be scheduled along with other provincial expansion priorities,” a Ministry of Transportation spokesperson told The Journal.

A new Highway 40 bridge over the CNR rail lines south of Confederation Street is already in the detailed design phase. The current bridge will remain open during construction, the ministry said.

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