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Plans for a new Highway 7 delayed again (update)

The Ford government is confirming it's doing a review of the funding for the long delayed four lane project
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It seems plans for widening Highway 7, between Kitchener and Guelph, are up in the air again.

The Ford government is confirming it's doing a review of the funding for the long delayed four lane project.

"We are currently reviewing all projects and spending committed to by the last government, and taking the necessary steps to make sure we are best positioned to provide quality, safe and efficient transportation options to all Ontarians." Ontario Ministry of Transportation spokesperson, Kersondra Hickey, said in an email to KitchenerToday.com.

"One of the projects currently under review is the new Highway 7 from Kitchener to Guelph." she added.

In the last two decades, the province has already spent over $100 million on studies, assessments and planning.

Waterloo Region's incoming Regional Chair tells 570 NEWS it's "really disappointing" to hear the Ford government is pushing it off.

"The reality is, it's a smart investment for the province to make because it has such an economic impact on Waterloo Region, which is clearly a vibrant economic driver and player within the province." explained Karen Redman.

She says the other issue is safety.

"And I worry that this is being put off when we know people are having personal injury on that highway," she said.

"I think this community as well as Guelph have really articulated the need. We've been very patient and it's time it got built." Redman added.

Waterloo NDP MPP, Catherine Fife says things are now "in limbo" waiting for clarity on the project.

"What we've tried to stress is that connectivity is a key economic driver. Highway 7 is an unsafe, very crowded highway." Fife told The Mike Farwell Show on 570 NEWS.




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