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Expansion of Garden City Skyway to Ease Traffic Congestion

St. Catharines – In a bid to tackle the ever-increasing traffic congestion plaguing the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), the Ontario government has taken a significant step forward by issuing a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the expansion of the Queen Elizabeth Way (QEW) Garden City Skyway. This move marks a crucial milestone in the province’s ambitious plan to alleviate gridlock, enhance connectivity, and provide a vital link between Ontario’s international border crossings and the bustling Greater Golden Horseshoe region.

The proposed expansion project entails the construction of a new four-lane, 2.2-kilometre bridge across the Welland Canal, alongside the rehabilitation and full deck replacement of the existing bridge. Once completed, both bridges will boast four lanes each, with the new structure accommodating Toronto-bound traffic and the upgraded existing bridge facilitating travel towards Niagara.

Speaking on the initiative, Minister of Transportation Prabmeet Sarkaria emphasized the necessity of aligning transportation infrastructure with the rapid population growth Ontario is experiencing. “The new and expanded Garden City Skyway will be a game-changer, meaning less congestion and faster travel for the people of St. Catharines and Niagara Region,” Sarkaria stated.

Local officials, including St. Catharines Mayor Mat Siscoe, echoed these sentiments, emphasizing the anticipated economic benefits and improved mobility the expansion would bring to the region. “The City of St. Catharines is looking forward to the completion of this project and the economic growth that will accompany it,” Mayor Siscoe remarked.

With an average of 106,000 vehicles crossing the Garden City Skyway bridge daily and projections estimating a substantial population increase in the Greater Golden Horseshoe by 2051, the expansion project couldn’t come at a more opportune time. Additionally, the Greater Golden Horseshoe sees a staggering $1.16 trillion in goods transported annually on its highways, underscoring the critical role of efficient transportation infrastructure in supporting economic activity.

The Ontario government’s commitment to investing in infrastructure is evident through its allocation of over $3 billion for the 2024–25 Ontario Highways Program, which encompasses 650 expansion and rehabilitation projects across the province. Minister of Infrastructure Kinga Surma reiterated the government’s dedication to building better roads and reducing gridlock, emphasizing the importance of initiatives like the Garden City Skyway expansion in achieving these goals.

Similarly, MPP for Niagara West Sam Oosterhoff highlighted the project’s significance in strengthening the link between the Greater Golden Horseshoe and U.S. border crossings, thereby bolstering the province’s supply chain and supporting economic growth.


The expansion of the Garden City Skyway represents a significant stride towards addressing the GTA’s perennial traffic woes. As the region grapples with burgeoning population figures and escalating demands on its transportation network, initiatives like these are essential for fostering sustainable development and enhancing quality of life for residents. By prioritizing strategic infrastructure investments, the Ontario government demonstrates its commitment to building a more resilient and prosperous future for all Ontarians. With the Garden City Skyway expansion poised to unlock new economic opportunities and streamline travel, residents can look forward to a smoother and more efficient commute in the years to come.

Samantha Deschamps

Samantha Deschamps serves as the Queens Park Reporter, offering insightful coverage of provincial politics with depth and accuracy. With a keen understanding of legislative intricacies, Deschamps provides invaluable perspectives on matters affecting Ontario. For inquiries or feedback, contact Samantha at

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