Province taking another step to widen Highway 3

Chatham-Kent-Leamington MPP Rick Nicholls announcing the planned widening of Highway 3 in Leamington, August 12, 2019. Photo by Mark Brown/Blackburn News.

The provincial government is moving forward with the final phase of the expansion of Highway 3.

On Thursday, the province issued a request for qualifications for the design, construction, and financing of the final 15.6 kilometres of the highway that is slated to be widened.

“Highway 3 is a critical link between communities in the southwest with thousands of vehicles travelling between Windsor, Essex, Kingsville and Leamington each day,” said Rick Nicholls, MPP for Chatham-Kent-Leamington. “With this next step and the construction currently underway to widen Highway 3 in Essex, our government is delivering on its promise to improve this important section of highway in our region.”

Construction is currently underway to widen 4.9 kilometres of Highway 3 from Maidstone Avenue to Arner Townline in Essex.

The remaining section will complete the transformation of the highway from two lanes to four between Essex and Leamington. Construction is expected to be completed in 2023.