Ontario’s Highway 407 spans the entire Greater Toronto Area (GTA) from Burlington in the west to Highway 35/115 in the east – a distance of 151 kilometres. The highway was engineered to provide quick passage through the GTA, bypassing the cities and traffic congestion immediately to the south. The 407’s sophisticated tolling infrastructure is fully electronic, using a combination of transponders and cameras to capture travel data as vehicles enter and leave the route. The eastern section of the 407 – Oshawa to Highway 35/115 – is owned and controlled by the province of Ontario, and was added relatively recently. Phase 1 construction lasted from 2012 – 2016, and Phase 2 began in 2015 and was completed in 2019.
Guild Electric joined the construction team for Phase 2B of the 407 East Extension. Our electrical scope on the 33-km stretch of the highway from Harmony road to Highway 35/115 included installation of all the high-mast and conventional lighting; tolling gantry infrastructure; CCTV cameras; fibre optic cabling for the CMS signage; and all traffic signals. The construction schedule was aggressive, and the Design – Build framework required us to be creative and adaptive throughout the duration of the project, and we brought the work to a successful conclusion in collaboration with the rest of the team.