Gino Chaves has no concerns with the current traffic or transportation system rolling into Peterborough from Highway 115.
Five days a week before the sun rises, Chaves hops on the 88 Trent bus for the 50-minute commute to Peterborough from the Newcastle park and ride.
He gets dropped off at Harper Road and walks to work as a cook at the nearby General Motors call centre.
“It’s not so bad,” he says of the daily ride.
But that ride could change soon enough once the Highway 407 extension finally attaches to Hwy. 115 near Kirby. That connection has potential to change Peterborough City and County and its current transportation system — an important issue for the upcoming provincial election.
Those elected will be in power when the Hwy. 115 extension is complete.
According to the Infrastructure Ontario website, Phase 2 of the Highway 407 East project is expected to be complete in 2020. Crews are working on laying down 22 kilometres of asphalt roadway from Harmony Road in Oshawa to Highway 35/115 near Kirby. The purpose is to help ease traffic congestion in the Greater Toronto Area and help with the flow of goods and services.