It’s not part of anyone’s immediate plans.
But city councillors have agreed to push ahead with the concept of a mid-peninsula highway that would cut through Hamilton, connecting Niagara to the GTA.
Members of the general issues committee have voted to work with the province on a strategic transportation plan, which could include a future superhighway,
Councillor Brad Clark says it’s the right thing to do. He notes that current councillors should be preparing for the future, even though “we won’t be around this table” when a decision is finally made.
Ward 1’s Brian McHattie made it clear that he’s just as happy to see the project stay on the back-burner, noting that previous conceptual drawings have run through some “scary locations” like wetlands and the Niagara Escarpment.
The idea of a Niagara-to-Toronto highway is not included in the MTO’s most recent list of recommendations to ease traffic congestion.
Instead, the latest strategy floated by the province proposed widening the QEW to eight lanes between Niagara and Hamilton and public transit improvements.