Originally Posted by manny_santos
There have been calls to widen Wellington to 6 lanes from the 401 to Horton since the 1970s. The biggest problem with Wellington is north of Baseline Road...that could be more controversial than the Horton West extension. The rest of Wellington can be easily widened.
Oxford can easily be widened west of Platt's Lane, but east of there, like Wellington, expropriation and demolition would likely need to take place.
I've known & seen the plan/schematics to widen Wellington to 6 lanes from 401 to Horton, just very surprised that the city would revive the plan. IMO its a great plan, since it would significantly help traffic and be a huge infrastructure upgrade.
I live near that area and it would be a major undertaking, specifically the area from Baseline Road north. Houses/Businesses on one or both sides of Wellington would need to expropriated. A lot of them are run down or very poorly maintained so no significant loss IMO, but controversial undoubtedly. Just the sheer scope of that plan surprises me, plus either an expansion of the Thames Wellington Rd. bridge or a new one would need to be built since it can't handle 6 lanes as currently.
Same with Oxford St. again this plan calls for major expropriations from Richmond to Platts Lane, and again would need either an expansion of the Oxford St Thames Bridge or an entirely new one (even though it was reconstructed a few years ago) as well as a new CN overpass west of Wonderland.
Both of these plans are very gutsy, for a city that usual has no gall or balls, to make tough/controversial decisions. That alone makes me even question whether they will even come to reality but even staking that out at this point is substantial.