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The next section of Highway 407 East to Taunton Road is set to open in January.

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The Province of Ontario is pleased to announce that Phase 1 of the Highway 407 East Project will be open to traffic for morning commuters on Monday, June 20th, 2016. The sections that will be open include Highway 407 from Brock Road in Pickering to Harmony Road in Oshawa, and Highway 412, which connects Highways 407 and 401.  In total, approximately 148 new lane kilometres will be opening, which includes 11 interchanges, 31 water-crossing structures, and 16 municipal road crossings.

Both highways will operate toll-free until the new year, allowing drivers to travel free of charge and to get used to the roads.  Tolls and fees will remain in effect on 407 ETR, west of the Brock Road Interchange.  When tolling is implemented, the new highways will be integrated seamlessly with 407 ETR. Drivers will use one transponder, receive one bill, and have access to one point of customer service for all the tolled highways.

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“Ontario awards $1.2-billion contract to build provincially-owned stretch of Highway 407 East”


An announcement made on April 7, 2015 is good news for Bethany Village. Ontario has awarded a $1.2-billion contract for the completion of Highway 407 East.

The project will extend Highway 407 from Oshawa to Highway 35/115, which connects to the Kawartha Lakes and Peterborough areas, and will also link to Highway 401 just east of Oshawa.

Blackbird Infrastructure will be responsible for the design, building, financing and maintenance of the final phase of the project.


Construction is set to start in the fall of 2015 with completion projected for 2020, with the first section set to open in December 2017.

The first phase of Highway 407 East that runs from the end of the privately owned 407 ETR at Brock Road near Pickering to Harmony Road in Oshawa is set to open by the end of this year.

A slight difference will be the fact that the province will set, regulate and collect the tolls themselves; tolls are expected to be lower than on the privately owned 407 ETR.

The 407 extension will provide Bethany residents and visitors with easy access to some of the most beautiful property in Ontario – and a mere 15 minutes away from Bethany Village!

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The need for a highway across the top of the Greater Toronto Area  (GTA) was in the works way back in the 1950’s. In 1993 construction finally began on what became known as Hwy 407 ETR (Express Toll Route).

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The 407 now spans over 107 kilometers, running from Burlington in the West to Pickering in the East. The final eastern expansion will result in the highway extending from Brock Road in Pickering to Highway 35/115 in Clarington, providing an important link for communities in the eastern GTA.

Although completion is expected in 2020, that is only 5 years away. And that is good news for anyone living in Bethany or considering building a home in Bethany Village. The 407 extension will provide you with easy access to some of the most beautiful property in Ontario; you will be 15 minutes away from Bethany Village.

Bethany was settled in 1856. The community of 1,500 sits among rolling hills ensuring beauty in every season. Lakes and ski hills provide the perfect backdrop for a new home, or for taking advantage of everything nature has to offer.

The 407 extension will make getting there easier than ever!

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Part 3 – Councillor Heather Stauble on Bethany

Live, Stay and Play

Along with her focus on the wind turbine issue, I discussed other matters concerning Bethany with Ms. Stauble, as well as her hopes and plans for the area.

*There are plans to continue to improve roads and opportunities for agri-business.  Helping to promote business leads to more jobs for the area and an improved lifestyle for everyone.

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Highway 407 expansion map

*The expansion of Highway 407 in the future will help with the commute to the GTA, as will the GO Train coming into the area, with a stop in nearby Cavan.

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grain elevator in Pontypool, Ontario

*There is talk of the Manvers Historical Society restoring the grain elevator in Pontypool, a welcome sight for everyone.

*Hopes for a Farmers’ Market in Bethany.  Along with locally grown products, the area has such a rich artistic culture (link to studio tour)     that an arts and crafts section of a market would bring in fans and more traffic.

*Continual promotion of local businesses.  There are quite a few local businesses proving exemplary services for the community and those    passing through.  A few examples are Southpond, Me vs We, Heaven on Seven – just to name a few.  All need constant support, promotion and encouragement.

Councillor Stauble would like Bethany to be a place people can come back to.  She wants others to help, encourage and improve the community, to allow others to see the many positive aspects for the community.  Her motto is to live, stay and play in Bethany.

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