Ontario Awards Contract for Bradford Bypass

Province one step closer to getting shovels in the ground on new four-lane freeway

AURORA — The Ontario government is awarding a contract for the detail design of the western section of the Bradford Bypass, marking an important milestone in the province’s plan to build the new four-lane, 16-kilometre highway that will relieve gridlock, save commuters time and keep goods moving across the Greater Golden Horseshoe.

“As Ontario grows at a historic rate, there has never been a more urgent time to get shovels in the ground and build new highways and roads,” said Prabmeet Sarkaria, Minister of Transportation. “Not only will the Bradford Bypass help save a generation of drivers from bumper-to-bumper traffic, but it will also create good-paying jobs and drive economic growth for decades to come.”

The western section of the Bradford Bypass, for which the contract is being awarded, will run 6.5 kilometres from Highway 400 to Simcoe Road 4. In the meantime, preliminary work for the Bradford Bypass is currently underway with construction of a new bridge at Simcoe Road 4 and the widening of County Road 4 from two to four lanes.

“Under the leadership of Premier Ford, our government is investing in generational projects like the Bradford Bypass to tackle gridlock and get drivers where they need to go, faster,” said Caroline Mulroney, MPP for York Simcoe. “For far too long the residents of York Simcoe have been waiting for results on this critical freeway. Today’s announcement is the next step in our plan to get shovels in the ground.”

The Bradford Bypass will be a vital link for communities in York Region and Simcoe County, providing better connections to jobs and housing. During construction, the project is expected to support up to 2,200 jobs annually and contribute up to $286 million to the province’s GDP.

Quick Facts

  • AECOM Canada Ltd. (AECOM) is being awarded the contract to design 6.5 kilometres of the western section of the Bradford Bypass.
  • The Greater Golden Horseshoe is one of the fastest-growing regions in North America, welcoming more than 200,000 newcomers each year.
  • In Budget 2024, the province announced over $27 billion in funding over the next 10 years to support the planning and construction of highway expansion and rehabilitation projects across the province.
  • The design of the Bradford Bypass is among more than 100 actions identified in Connecting the GGH: A Transportation Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe.


“The Town of Bradford West Gwillimbury appreciates the commitment that Minister Sarkaria and our provincial government have continued to show towards this significant project. The Bradford Bypass will benefit our local residents, businesses, and agricultural industry, as well as surrounding communities and commuters. This project is long-awaited and a very much welcomed addition to our local road network, and we are thrilled to see detailed design commence on the western section of the project.”

– James Leduc
Mayor of Bradford West Gwillimbury

“York Region is pleased to see this important project advancing. Connecting the two highways will support growth and economic development in York Region and Simcoe County. Transportation remains a top priority for our residents and our Council. This project will provide more opportunities to move people and goods throughout our communities.”

– Wayne Emmerson
Chairman and CEO of York Region

“Simcoe County is a rapidly growing region with expanding communities and a thriving economy, which rely on the movement of people, goods and services each day. The Bradford Bypass will be a vital and highly needed connection between Simcoe County, York Region and the GTA. We are confident that by cutting down travel time and congestion, this project will open new opportunities for our hard-working residents and businesses. We thank the province for investing in this important infrastructure and supporting us in building up Simcoe County.”

– Basil Clarke
Simcoe County Warden

“We have been working on the Bradford Bypass for several years and are pleased to be expanding our scope to include detail design. We look forward to our continued collaboration with the Ontario government to deliver this transformational project that will create lasting mobility improvements for residents and businesses for decades to come.”

– Richard Barrett
Chief Executive of AECOM’s Canada region

“RCCAO welcomes the Ontario government’s advancements to get the Bradford Bypass built. This piece of critical infrastructure is vital for growing communities in the region and the province’s economy. We are pleased to see the next stage of this project get underway so construction of necessary and critical infrastructure projects can proceed quickly and efficiently.”

– Nadia Todorova
Executive Director of the Residential and Civil Construction Alliance of Ontario (RCCAO)

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