Ontario Highway 407
|Express Toll Route|
|Maintained by 407 ETR Concession Company Limited|
|Length:||107.3 km (66.7 mi)|
Opened June 7, 1997–August 30, 2001
|West end:||Highway 403 / Queen Elizabeth Way – Burlington|
| Highway 403 – Mississauga, Oakville
Highway 401 – Milton
Highway 410 – Brampton
Highway 400 – Vaughan
Highway 404 – Markham, Richmond Hill
|East end:||Highway 7 – Pickering|
Highway 407 (pronounced "four-oh-seven") is a tolled 400-series highway in the Canadian province of Ontario. The present highway is owned by 407 ETR Concession Company Limited, which is officially known as the 407 Express Toll Route (407 ETR). However the extension of the tollway (Highway 407 East) will be owned by the province of Ontario. The route begins at the junction of the Queen Elizabeth Way (QEW) and Highway 403 in Burlington, and travels 107.3 km (66.7 mi) across the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) to Highway 7 and Brock Road (Durham Regional Road 1) in Pickering. Highway 407 is the first electronically operated toll highway opened in the world; there are no toll booths along the length of the highway. Transponders or licence plates are read at entrance and exit points and distances are calculated electronically. Major interchanges along the route include the QEW, Highway 403, 401, 410, 427, 400, and 404.
Highway 407 was planned in the late 1950s as a freeway bypassing the Toronto segment of Highway 401, the busiest highway in the world. However, construction did not begin until 1987. During the early 1990s, the provincial government proposed tolling the highway to alleviate a revenue shortfall. The central sections of Highway 407 opened 1997. The remaining sections were built quickly over the following four years, with the final segment opening in mid-2001. Despite being included in the 400-series network, Highway 407 is no longer considered part of the provincial highway network due to it now being privately owned. The route is operated privately under a 99-year lease agreement with the provincial government. The lease was sold in 1998 for approximately C$3.1 billion to a consortium of Canadian and Spanish investors operating under the name 407 International Inc. The privatization of Highway 407 has been the source of significant criticism, especially regarding the increases in tolls, plate denial, and false charges. In addition, the safety of segments constructed following the sale of the freeway has been called into question. Many have come to regard Highway 407 as a luxury, as opposed to the bypass of Highway 401 it was originally conceived to be.
A 65-kilometre (40 mi) provincially owned and tolled extension to the route, known as Highway 407 East (407E), is currently under construction through Pickering, Whitby and Oshawa. Under the current schedule, it will open to Harmony Road in Oshawa by 2015, including a tolled north–south link to Highway 401 known as Highway 412. A further extension will push the highway east to Highway 35 / Highway 115 in Clarington by 2020, with a second link to Highway 401 known as Highway 418.
Highway 407 ETR is a 107.3-kilometre (66.7 mi) controlled-access highway that encircles the GTA, passing through Burlington, Oakville, Mississauga, Brampton, Vaughan, Markham and Pickering as well as travelling immediately north of Toronto. Although the general public felt that tolling made the highway a luxury rather than its original purpose of relieving traffic on Highway 401, Highway 407 has had average daily trip counts of over 350,000 vehicles in June 2014. The 407 ETR is contractually responsible for maintaining high traffic levels as justification for increasing tolls, but conduct their own traffic studies. Despite increased usage, parallel roads that Highway 407 was intended to supplement continue to grow congested, forcing the MTO to revisit costly widening projects of Highway 401 and the QEW.
Highway 407 has been designed with aesthetics and environmental concerns in mind by featuring landscaped embankments, 79 storm drainage ponds, as well as a curb and gutter system. Unlike most other Ontario highways, it features concrete pavement as opposed to top-coated asphalt. Because of this, the high-mast lighting along the urban portions of the route feature fewer luminaires than asphalt-surfaced freeways.
Highway 407 begins in Burlington within Halton Region at the Freeman Interchange between Highway 403 and the QEW, from which it branches off northward. The six-lane route passes under Brant Street, Upper Middle Road and Guelph Line (Halton Regional Road 1) before it interchanges with Dundas Street (Halton Regional Road 5 and former Highway 5). It briefly enters greenspace as it curves gently to the northeast, avoiding the nearby Niagara Escarpment. The route is crossed by Walkers Line, east of which residential subdivisions line the south side and greenspace lines the north. At an interchange with Appleby Line (Halton Regional Road 20), the highway straightens and travels parallel to Dundas Street before passing over Bronte Creek and under the Canadian National Railway's (CN) Halwest Subdivision.
East of Bronte Creek, Highway 407 enters an agricultural area, interspersed with woodlots. It enters Oakville at the Tremaine Road (Halton Regional Road 22) overpass, then gradually swerves to the north as it encounters an interchange with Bronte Road (Halton Regional Road 25 and former Highway 25). The route crosses Sixteen Mile Creek just north of Glenarchy Conservation Area, then travels parallel to the creek for several kilometres. It swerves north after an interchange with Neyagawa Boulevard, near the hamlet of Glenarchy. After diverging from the creek, it curves northeast, parallel to and north of Burnhamthorpe Road, where it interchanges with Trafalgar Road (Halton Regional Road 3). Highway 407 then encounters Highway 403 at a large interchange where curves sharply to the northwest; Highway 403, meanwhile, curves from the southeast to the northeast.
Now travelling parallel to and immediately west of the Halton–Peel regional boundary and Oakville–Mississauga city boundary, the four-lane Highway 407 progresses northwest alongside a power transmission corridor, with subdivisions to the east and greenspace to the west. The route continues as such northwest to Highway 401, passing under Lower Base Line (which continues east as Eglinton Avenue) and interchanging at Britannia Road and Derry Road before crossing the Canadian Pacific Railway's (CP) Galt Subdivision. At Highway 401, the route makes a sharp curve to the northeast, while ramps weave across both freeway over several kilometres, interconnecting them. It enters Peel Region at the Winston Churchill Boulevard (Peel Regional Road 19) overpass and follows another power transmission corridor just north of the Brampton–Mississauga boundary.
Highway 407 swerves east and encounters an interchange with Mississauga Road (Peel Regional Road 1) just prior to crossing the Credit River and the Orangeville Brampton Railway, after which it enters the urban GTA. After passing interchanges with Mavis Road (Peel Regional Road 18) and Hurontario Street (Former Highway 10), the route encounters Highway 410 at another sprawling interchange located over Etobicoke Creek. Over the next 7 kilometres (4.3 mi), the route nudges northward into Brampton, interchanging with Dixie Road (Peel Regional Road 4) and Bramalea Road, as well as a CN railway line, before crossing Steeles Avenue (Peel Regional Road 15). Highway 407 curves back to the northeast as it interchanges with Airport Road (Peel Regional Road 7) and passes beneath another CN line, before encountering the final interchange in Peel Region at Goreway Drive. It crosses the West Humber River and former Highway 50 in Claireville Conservation Area before curving east into York Region.
Immediately after crossing into Vaughan, Highway 407 encounters the first of three large interchanges with other 400-series highways in York Region. The Highway 427 interchange is a four-level partial stack located just north of Steeles Avenue in Vaughan and adjacent to the 407 ETR Concession Company offices. The interchange features weaved ramps which connect to former Highway 27, located just east. The route continues eastward, parallel and between Steeles Avenue and Highway 7. It dives through the Humber River valley alongside a CN line and along the northern border of Thackeray Conservation Lands, passing beneath a CP line. After an interchange with Pine Valley Drive (York Regional Road 57), the route becomes sandwiched between the industrial lands of the Pine Valley Business Park and the Emery Creek Corporate Park. A partial interchange with Weston Road (York Regional Road 56) lies just west of the large four-level stack interchange with Highway 400, the only of its kind in Ontario. An interchange with Jane Street (York Regional Road 55) is interwoven into the east side of the Highway 400 interchange, below which the future Spadina Subway Extension will travel.
Still travelling alongside a power transmission corridor, Highway 407 crosses a complex rail wye which provides access to the CN freight yards to the north. After interchanging with Keele Street (York Regional Road 6), the route gently curves northward, passing over the CN Bala Subdivision, which carries the GO Transit Barrie Line and crossing the Don River. It curves back eastward as it interchanges with Dufferin Street (York Regional Road 53), travelling adjacent and south of Highway 7. After interchanges with Bathurst Street (York Regional Road 38) and Yonge Street (York Regional Road 1), the Vaughan–Markham boundary, Highway 407 crosses the GO Transit Richmond Hill Line. After an interchange with Bayview Avenue (York Regional Road 34), the highway serves south. A partial interchange with Leslie Street (York Regional Road 12) precedes the third and final large freeway–freeway junction at Highway 404.
East of Highway 404, the freeway travels generally parallel to the Rouge River. It interchanges with Woodbine Avenue (York Regional Road 8) and Warden Avenue (York Regional Road 65), east of which the route travels alongside a CN line and crosses the GO Transit Unionville Line. Highway 407 continues straight eastward into a residential area, interchanging with Kennedy Road (York Regional Road 3), McCowan Road (York Regional Road 67) and Markham Road (York Regional Road 68) where it crosses the river and diverges from both the CN line and power transmission corridor. The route interchanges with Ninth Line (York Regional Road 69) and Donald Cousens Parkway (York Regional Road 48) before exiting the urban GTA and curving northeast over a CP line and into Rouge Park.
The final interchange along Highway 407 is currently with York–Durham Line (York/Durham Regional Road 30), the boundary between York Region and Durham Region as well as Markham and Pickering. The route curves eastward then crosses West Duffins Creek north of the abandoned village of Whitevale and south of the future Pickering Airport and planned community of Seaton. Sandwiched between farm fields, the highway is crossed by North Road, where a future interchange is planned, and Sideline 24. Highway 407 ends just south of Brougham at a signalized intersection with Brock Road (Durham Regional Road 1), where it continues eastward as Highway 7. A provincially maintained and tolled extension, Highway 407E, is currently under construction east of this point, and will tie in with the current freeway, eliminating the at-grade intersection.
Unlike most other toll highways, the 407 ETR features no toll booths. Rather, a system of cameras and transponders allows for automatic toll collection. It is one of the earliest examples of a highway to exclusively use open road tolling. Highway 407 is otherwise designed as a normal freeway; interchanges connect directly to surface streets. A radio antenna detects when a vehicle with a transponder has entered and exited the highway, calculating the toll rate. For vehicles without a transponder, an automatic number plate recognition system is used. In both cases, monthly statements are mailed to users. The automatic number plate recognition system is linked to several provincial and U.S. state motor vehicle registries. Toll rates are set by 407 ETR. However, the province set out limitations in the lease contract for maintaining traffic volumes to justify toll rates. Despite this, rates have increased annually against the requests of the provincial government, resulting in several court battles and the general public regarding the route as a luxury.
As part of the contractual agreement with the government, the MTO is required to deny licence plate validation stickers to drivers who have an outstanding 407 ETR bill over 125 days past due. This process was temporarily halted in February 2000 due to numerous false billing claims. Following a judicial decision by the Ontario Divisional Court on November 7, 2005, the Ontario Registrar of Motor Vehicles was ordered to begin denying the validation or issue of Canadian and US license plates and vehicle permits for 407 ETR users who have failed to pay owed fees. On November 22, 2005, the MTO announced that it would appeal the decision but would begin to deny plates until the appeal was decided. On February 24, 2006, the Ontario Court of Appeals denied the government leave to appeal the 2005 decision. As a result, plate denial remains in place.
- All dollar amounts listed are Canadian dollars.
As of February 1, 2014, the base tolls for driving on the 407 are as follows:
|Light duty||Heavy duty||Multi-Unit Heavy|
|Off-Peak - Entire Highway||19.35 ¢/km||38.70 ¢/km||58.05 ¢/km|
|Midday Weekday - Entire Highway||24.06 ¢/km||48.12 ¢/km||72.18 ¢/km|
|Midday Weekend/Holiday - Entire Highway||22.25 ¢/km||44.50 ¢/km||66.75 ¢/km|
|Peak Period Rates - Light Zone||26.90 ¢/km||53.80 ¢/km||80.70 ¢/km|
|- Regular Zone||28.30 ¢/km||56.60 ¢/km||84.90 ¢/km|
|Peak Hours Rates - Light Zone||28.70 ¢/km||57.40 ¢/km||86.10 ¢/km|
|- Regular Zone||30.20 ¢/km||60.40 ¢/km||90.60 ¢/km|
|Other Tolls - Trip Toll||80 ¢/trip||$1.60/trip||$2.40/trip|
|Video Toll (no transponder)||$3.95/trip*||$50.00/trip**||$50.00/trip**|
|Monthly Account Fee (no transponder)||$3.40|
|Monthly Transponder Lease||$3.40|
|Annual Transponder Lease||$21.50|
|Peak Hours Minimum Trip Toll Charge (up to)||N/A||$18.40/trip||$33.50/trip|
|Off-Peak Hours Minimum Trip Toll Charge (up to)||N/A||$12.60/trip||$22.90/trip|
- The toll rate that applies to a specific trip is determined by the time at which a vehicle enters the highway.
- Off peak rates are in effect from 7pm–6am Monday through Friday except holidays, and 7pm–11am Saturday, Sunday and holidays.
- Midday weekday rates are in effect from 10am–3pm, Monday through Friday except for holidays.
- Midday weekend/holiday rates are in effect from 11am–7pm, Saturday, Sunday and holidays.
- Peak period rates are in effect from 6am–7am, 9am–10am, 3pm–4pm and from 6pm–7pm, Monday through Friday except for holidays.
- Peak hours rates are in effect from 7am–9am and from 4pm–6pm, Monday through Friday except for holidays.
- The light zone lies between Highway 410 and Highway 427. All other sections lie within the regular zone.
- Heavy duty vehicles are assessed a minimum toll regardless of the length of their trip.
- *Light duty vehicles without transponders are assessed an additional Video Toll. Motorcycles are not charged a video toll because there is rarely a reasonable place to mount a transponder.
- **Heavy duty vehicles are legally required to have transponders in order to use the highway; violators may be fined under the Highway Traffic Act.
Planning and initial construction
Although construction of Highway 407 did not begin until 1987, planning for the bypass of Highway 401 north of Toronto began in the late-1950s. Concepts for the new "dual highway" first appeared in the 1959 plan for Metropolitan Toronto. Land adjacent to several hydro corridors was acquired for the future freeway in the 1960s, but sat vacant as the Ontario Department of Highway (predecessor to the Ministry of Transportation of Ontario (MTO) opted instead to widen Highway 401 to a twelve-lane collector-express system. The Highway 401 expansion project was considered a success and construction of Highway 407 was shelved for almost thirty years. The plan was revisted in the mid-1980s as congestion in Toronto pushed roads beyond capacity. In 1986, Premier David Peterson was given a helicopter tour of the city during rush-hour; construction of the highway was announced soon thereafter, and began in 1987.
The Ontario government's normal process for highway construction was not possible given the financial constraints of the recession of the early 1990s. The Peterson government sought out private sector partnerships and acquired innovative electronic tolling technology. Two firms bid on the project, with the Canadian Highways International Corporation being selected as the operator of the highway. Financing for the highway was to be paid by user tolls lasting 35 years, after which it would return to the provincial system as a toll-free 400-series highway. The succeeding government of Bob Rae announced on March 31, 1995, that the corridor reserved for Highway 403 between Burlington and Oakville would instead be built as a western extension of Highway 407.
The first segment of Highway 407, between Highway 410 and Highway 404, was ceremoniously opened to traffic on June 7, 1997; no tolls were charged for a month to allow motorists to test-drive the freeway. Several other sections were well underway at this point. A 13-kilometre (8.1 mi) extension westwards to Highway 401 was opened just months later on December 13, 1997. That section was connected with Highway 403 to the south on September 4, 1998, with a temporary two lane ramp connecting to Trafalgar Road. In the east, an extension to Markham Road, at what was then the southern terminus of Highway 48, was completed in early 1998. However, due to the protest of local residents and officials concerning traffic spill-off (a scenario currently being revisited with the future extension in Oshawa), the freeway was opened only as far as McCowan Road on February 18. The short segment from McCowan Road to Markham Road remained closed for over a year, as locals feared the funneling of traffic onto Main Street, which is named Markham Road south of the freeway. Both Markham and McCowan were widened to four lanes between Highway 407 and Steeles Avenue at this time. This did not alleviate concerns, but on June 24, 1999, the extension opened to continued protest regardless.
Privatization and extensions
When Mike Harris was elected Premier in 1995 on his platform of the Common Sense Revolution, the Ontario government faced a $11 billion annual deficit and a $100 billion debt. Seeking to balance the books, a number of publicly owned services were privatized over the following years. Although initially spared, Highway 407 was sold quickly in the year leading up to the 1999 provincial elections. The highway was leased to a conglomerate of private companies for $3.1 billion. The route was subsequently renamed the 407 ETR. The Ontario corporation, known as 407 International Inc., is jointly owned by Cintra Infraestructuras from Spain (43.23%), subsidiaries of the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (40%) and Montreal-based engineering firm SNC-Lavalin (16.77%). The deal included a 99-year lease agreement with unlimited control over the highway and its tolls, dependent on traffic volume; however, the government maintains the right to build a transit system within the highway right-of-way.
When purchased, the highway travelled from the junction of Highway 403 in Mississauga to Markham Road in Markham. Extensions westward to the QEW and eastward to Highway 7 and Brock Road in Pickering were constructed by the corporation, as mandated in the lease agreement. The western extension, from Highway 403 southwest to the QEW, was not part of the original Highway 407 concept in 1987; rather, the corridor was originally intended to connect the Hamilton and Mississauga sections of Highway 403. Highway 407 was originally slated to assume the temporary routing for Highway 403 along the Mississauga-Oakville boundary to end at the QEW. However, the Bob Rae led Ontario government altered these plans in 1995, and the corporation constructed this section quickly upon obtaining the lease. Sections opened throughout the middle of 2001: between Neyagawa Boulevard and Highway 403 on June 17; between Bronte Road and Neyagawa Boulevard on June 29; between Dundas Street and Bronte Road on July 18; and between the Freeman Interchange and Dundas Street on July 30. In the east, a final extension between Markham Road and Highway 7 opened a month later on August 30.
On October 5, 2010, the Canadian Pension Plan announced that an agreement was reached with the owners of the roadway to purchase 10% stake for $894 million. This implies a value of close to $9 billion for the highway in its current state. However, in 1998, Minister of Provincial Parliament (MPP) E.J. Douglas Rollins found that as much as $104 billion had been spent by the province to that point.
Highway 407 has been the subject of several controversies over its two decades of existence. While the privatization of the route and toll rate increases have been routinely criticized by the general public and politicians, cost-savings measures and the ensuing safety concerns resulted in an independent Ontario Provincial Police investigation shortly before the opening of the freeway. Finally, the public has accused the 407 of predatory billing practices, including false billing and continued plate denial after bankruptcy.
An expert panel of engineers released a report outlining concerns regarding the decreased loop ramp radii and a lack of protective guardrail at sharp curves, in addition to the lack of a concrete median barrier to separate the opposite directions of travel. However, it was also argued that the large grass median was sufficient to prevent cross-over collisions, given that Highway 410 has a similar median.
The Ontario provincial government has quarrelled with 407 ETR over toll rates and customer service, but is largely tied down by the lease contract. On February 2, 2004, the government delivered notice to 407 ETR that they are considered to be in default of their contract because of 407 ETR's decision to raise toll rates without first obtaining provincial clearance. The court's initial decision sided with 407 ETR: on July 10, 2004, an independent arbitrator affirmed that 407 ETR has the ability to raise toll rates without first consulting the government. The government filed an appeal of this decision but was overruled by an Ontario Superior Court decision released on January 6, 2005; however, a subsequent ruling by the Ontario Court of Appeal on June 13, 2005 granted the government permission to appeal the decision. The government also faced off against 407 ETR in court regarding plate denial around this time.
A provincially owned extension to the 407 ETR, known as Highway 407 East (or 407E), is currently under construction. The 65-kilometre (40 mi) freeway will be built in two phases: a 22-kilometre (14 mi) extension to Harmony Road in Oshawa, as well as Highway 412, is scheduled to open in 2015; a further 43-kilometre (27 mi) extension to Highway 35 and Highway 115, as well as Highway 418, is scheduled to open in 2020.
An environmental assessment (EA) to analyze the proposed extension was undertaken in the early 2000s. The assessment also included studies of the two north–south connectors. A preferred route was announced in June 2007, and the EA was complete in June 2009. On March 6, 2007, as part of the FLOW initiative, the Government of Canada and the Province of Ontario confirmed the extension of the 407 to Highway 35 and Highway 115 in Clarington, including the connector highways, with an announced completion date of 2013. On January 27, 2009, the provincial government announced that the extension would be a tolled highway but owned by the province and with tolls set by the province. The announcement also indicated that the province expected to issue a Request for Proposals later in the year. The contract, which is valued at $1.6 billion and includes construction and operation of the highway, was eventually awarded to the same consortium that owns 407 ETR.
On June 9, 2010, the MTO approved the extension as far east as Simcoe Street in Oshawa, announcing plans to phase construction of the extension. Local residents and politicians rejected the plan, as had happened with the section between McCowan Road and Markham Road. A motion was proposed in the Ontario Legislature to build the full extension in one project, but failed to pass. Instead, a compromise was issued on March 10, 2011: the first phase would extend Highway 407 to Harmony Road in Oshawa by 2015, including Highway 412; the second phase would then complete the extension to Highway 35 / 115 by 2020, including Highway 418. This timeline was confirmed by Premier Dalton McGuinty on May 24, 2012, and construction began in the first quarter of 2013.
The following table lists the major junctions along Highway 407, as noted by the 407 ETR.
|Halton||Burlington||0.0||0.0||–||Highway 403 / Queen Elizabeth Way – Hamilton, Niagara Falls, Brantford||Westbound exit and eastbound entrance|
|6.0||3.7||5||Regional Road 5 (Dundas Street)|
|Oakville||14.0||8.7||13||Regional Road 25 (Bronte Road) – Oakville, Milton|
|22.2||13.8||21||Regional Road 3 (Trafalgar Road) – Oakville, Halton Hills, Georgetown|
|Halton–Peel||Milton–Mississauga||24.8||15.4||24||Highway 403 – Toronto, Hamilton|
|31.9||19.8||31||Regional Road 7 (Derry Road)|
|34A||Highway 401 east – Toronto||Eastbound exit and westbound entrance|
|Peel||Brampton–Mississauga||34B||Highway 401 west – London||Signed as exit 34 westbound|
|39.7||24.7||39||Regional Road 1 (Mississauga Road)|
|Brampton||42.9||26.7||42||Regional Road 18 (Mavis Road)|
|45.2||28.1||44||Hurontario Street||Formerly Highway 10|
|49.6||30.8||48||Regional Road 4 (Dixie Road)|
|51.1||31.8||50||Bramalea Road||Westbound exit and eastbound entrance|
|54.2||33.7||53||Regional Road 7 (Airport Road)|
|55.7||34.6||54||Goreway Drive||Westbound exit and eastbound entrance|
|York||Vaughan||58.9||36.6||58||Highway 427 – Toronto, Pearson International Airport|
|60.2||37.4||59||Regional Road 27 – Toronto, Barrie||Former Highway 27|
|64.2||39.9||63||Regional Road 57 (Pine Valley Drive)||changeable message sign eastbound prior to overpass|
|66.4||41.3||65||Regional Road 56 (Weston Road)||Eastbound exit and westbound entrance|
|67.1||41.7||66||Highway 400 – Toronto, Barrie||No access to Highway 7 or Steeles via Highway 400|
|68.3||42.4||67||Regional Road 55 (Jane Street)|
|70.5||43.8||69||Regional Road 6 (Keele Street)|
|74.0||46.0||73||Regional Road 53 (Dufferin Street)|
|76.2||47.3||75||Regional Road 38 (Bathurst Street)|
|Richmond Hill–Markham–Vaughan||78.4||48.7||77||Regional Road 1 (Yonge Street)||Former Highway 11|
|Markham||80.3||49.9||79||Regional Road 34 (Bayview Avenue)|
|82.4||51.2||81||Regional Road 12 (Leslie Street)||Eastbound exit and westbound entrance|
|83.4||51.8||82||Highway 404 – Toronto, Newmarket||No access to Highway 7 via Highway 404|
|84.4||52.4||84||Regional Road 8 (Woodbine Avenue)|
|86.5||53.7||86||Regional Road 65 (Warden Avenue)||New changeable message sign installed|
|88.4||54.9||88||Regional Road 3 (Kennedy Road)|
|90.5||56.2||90||Regional Road 67 (McCowan Road)|
|92.6||57.5||92||Regional Road 68 (Markham Road) – Whitchurch-Stouffville||Former Highway 48|
|94.7||58.8||94||Regional Road 69 (9th Line)||New ramps being added 2009 - Westbound ramp from northbound Ninth Line|
|96.4||59.9||96||Regional Road 48 (Donald Cousens Parkway)|
|York–Durham||Markham–Pickering||99.4||61.8||98||Regional Road 30 (York-Durham Line)|
|Durham||Pickering||100||North Road||Future interchange on existing freeway|
|102||Pickering Airport Connector||Future interchange on existing freeway|
|103||Pickering Sideline 24||Future interchange on existing freeway|
|106.5||66.2||106||Regional Road 1 (Brock Road)||At-grade intersection; end of freeway|
|107.3||66.7||108||Highway 7||Eastern terminus; at-grade intersection|
|Ajax||111||Regional Road 31 (Westney Road)||To be owned by the province|
|115||Regional Road 23 (Lake Ridge Road)||Eastbound exit and westbound entrance; to be owned by the province|
|116||Highway 412||To be owned by the province; connector freeway to Highway 401|
|118||Cochrane Street||Eastbound entrance and westbound exit; to be owned by the province|
|120||Highway 12 (Baldwin Street)||To be owned by the province|
|122||Regional Road 26 (Thickson Road)|
|Oshawa||126||Regional Road 2 (Simcoe Street)|
|129||Regional Road 33 (Harmony Road)|
|Clarington||134||Regional Road 34 (Enfield Road)|
|136||Highway 418||To be owned by the province; connector freeway to Highway 401|
|138||Durham Regional Road 57||To be owned by the province|
|149||Highway 35/115||Proposed eastern terminus of Highway 407; to be owned by the province|
|1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi
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Highway 407 grows again today with the opening of a controversial seven-kilometre stretch from Highway 404 to McCowan Road. As of 2:30 p.m., motorists will be able to travel Canada's first tollway from Highway 401 on the Mississauga/Milton border to McCowan Rd. in Markham.
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The eastern section of Highway 407, running from McCowan Rd. to Markham Rd., opened Thursday to howls of protest from Markham residents.
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