The provincial government has removed tolls on a pair of highways in Durham.
The move is being lauded by politicians across the Region, with many noting that removal of tolls on Highway 412 and Highway 418 will promote economic activity, supporting local businesses and residents who rely on these highways for the movement of people and goods.
“One of the Region’s focal points continues to be economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. A reliable and affordable road network that connects Durham Region to the rest of the GTHA, and Ontario, is a vital piece of a strong economy,” said Regional Chair John Henry.
“I want to thank the Province for listening to residents and removing these tolls that would impact many families. In Clarington, Highway 418 is a main artery providing easy access to our community and making it attractive for new business investment and new residents. By removing this monetary burden, we are putting more money into our residents’ pockets, ensuring that families can take road trips and enjoy the Region following a difficult two years,” added Clarington Mayor Adrian Foster.
Maximizing the use of those highways will reduce congestion on local roads, connect people to jobs and support economic recovery.
“I look forward to seeing the positive impact this will have on residents’ quality of life by reducing traffic congestion, improving access to the 407 for commuters, and making it easier to access and do business in our downtowns. I also look forward to seeing how the toll-free roads help generate economic value in our community by enabling the realization of the full marketability of employment lands located along the 412,” noted Whitby Mayor Don Mitchell.