An eight kilometre-long stretch of the redeveloped Highway 401 along the Rt. Hon. Herb Gray Parkway corridor is now open. The project is 90 per cent complete and it is anticipated that the remaining construction will be completed later this year. Dillon is a design team member with leading roles in design management, municipal engineering, utilities, landscape and urban design, transportation engineering, structural engineering, drainage, and water resources engineering.
One of the primary benefits of the redevelopments is that drivers will be able to drive uninterrupted through this important trade corridor without traffic signals. The landscape design work is closely integrated with the requirements related to ecological restoration, protection and enhancement measures. Drivers will now be able to see the Tallgrass Prairie and Oak Savannah theme that were integrated into all the design elements of the parkway including the on noise barriers, retaining walls, tunnel top and bridge barrier walls. Once complete, the parkway will dead-end at Ojibway Parkway until the Gordie Howe Bridge opens in 2020.
Complete project details are available here. The Landscape and Trail Master Plan for this project won the National Merit Award from the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects in 2012.