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New Highway 7 project continues going nowhere fast

The latest provincial report highlights their plans for Ontario's highways, with a passing mention of Highway 7
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The new Highway 7 project continues to be in the plans, yet hasn't made new ground in the latest provincial government report.

The Progressive Conservative government's transportation strategy was released on Friday, listing what it wants to accomplish, with a passing mention of Highway 7.

Art Sinclair, Vice President, Greater Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber of Commerce, said it's nothing new and that it continues the "holding pattern" the province has had since the McGuinty Liberals were in power.

The Ministry of Transportation had approved the new highway back in 2007 to ease congestion and improve the transportations of goods.

Sinclair says he sees nothing in the report that indicates any real commitment to get the Highway 7 expansion done. More frustrating: "There are other projects across southwestern Ontario that have been kind of moved in line ahead of Highway 7."

He noted the plan to widen Highway 3 to four-lanes between Essex and Leamington. The report considered it a key action within the government's strategy.

Waterloo MPP Catherine Fife says commuters have every right to be frustrated over the lack of progress, calling for leadership from the government.

"After 13 years⁠—13 years after the ribbon was cut and the photo ops were taken by the Liberals⁠—the Conservatives have just doubled down on stalling Highway 7. And to add insult to injury, we've already spent 120 million dollars as a province on expropriation, on design and build, and yet we have no Highway 7."

MPP Fife says the government was wasting their time on continued consultations, as people have been asking for this new highway for years.

The plans now represent a missed opportunity to Sinclair. Waterloo Region businesses were looking to Highway 7 as a possible alternative route into the GTA market for their goods, compared to the very congested 401.

570 NEWS has reached out to the Transportation Minister Caroline Mulroney's office for comment.

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