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Province inviting comments on Morriston bypass design

Included in the plan is closing Hanlon Expressway access at Maltby and Wellington Road 34 and widening a stretch of the 401 to 10 lanes
Map of proposed Morriston bypass design from MTO virtual public information centre website

PUSLINCH – The Ministry of Transportation (MTO) is inviting public feedback on a draft design of the Morriston bypass. 

A virtual public information centre lays out the proposed plan for a long-proposed new highway that will “provide a more efficient and continuous link for traffic between Hamilton and Guelph.”

The draft proposes a four-lane Highway 6 alignment west of the existing Highway 6 that goes from Maddaugh Road, on the border of Puslinch and Hamilton, to Highway 401.

This proposal comes with major changes to Highway 6, the 401 and to the Hanlon Expressway. 

Access will be closed to the Hanlon at Maltby Road and Wellington Road 34, with a bridge proposed for the latter. Highway 401 will be widened to 10 lanes for 3 km and interchanges to Highway 6 and the Hanlon will be reconfigured. 

A visual representation can be seen here.

A major benefit the website touts is reducing heavy truck and car traffic through Morriston and Aberfoyle while providing a time saving route. 

In total, the plan will see a 24 lane km, which refers to the stretch of a single lane, constructed for the new highway and 28 km of lane capacity added to the 401. 

Nine new bridges will be constructed and three bridges will be replaced. 

The province is inviting public comments until March 25. Comments can be submitted through the public information centre website.