Ontario is Putting People First by Widening Highway 3

Monday, August 12, 2019

Media Release: Ministry of Transportation


LEAMINGTON — Today, Caroline Mulroney, Minister of Transportation, was joined by Rick Nicholls, MPP for Chatham-Kent-Leamington, to announce the Ontario government is widening Highway 3 from two to four lanes between the town of Essex and Leamington. 

"Widening and improving safety on Highway 3 is a priority for this government," said Caroline Mulroney, Minister of Transportation. "From day one we have been committed to improving road safety and making life easier for families and businesses by delivering on transportation projects in every corner of the province."

"I'm proud that our government is delivering on its promise and making this project a priority by accelerating the planning, so that we can get shovels in the ground as quickly as possible," said MPP Nicholls. "Not only will the widening of Highway 3 improve safety, but it will also bring economic opportunity to the residents and businesses of Essex County."

The widening of Highway 3 will encourage business investment and create jobs by reducing congestion and commute times for residents and commercial vehicles.

Construction for the widening is expected to begin in 2021.


Quick Facts

  • As many as 17,300 vehicles travel this stretch of Highway 3 per day.
  • Highway 3 will also be repaved, under a separate contract, for six kilometres from Essex Road 34 to Highway 77 in Leamington, which is expected to begin in 2021.


“I want to express my sincere thanks to Premier Doug Ford for fulfilling his campaign promise to our region on this critical and longstanding issue. The widening of Highway 3 from two to four lanes will not only improve safety for our residents, but also pave the way for greater economic growth along this busy corridor. This important project demonstrates our region is open for business.”

Drew Dilkens
Mayor of Windsor

“I am very pleased to learn of the announcement of the widening of Hwy 3. MPP Nicholls and I have been advocating for this for several years. Thank you Premier Ford for following through on your campaign promise.”

Tom Bain
Mayor of Lakeshore and Past Warden of Essex County

“The Municipality is relieved to hear of the completion of the widening of Highway 3 to Leamington, improving the safety of Leamington and Essex County residents and visitors, who travel the highway daily with increasing frequency. This expansion will allow for more efficient export of products grown and manufactured in Leamington, supporting our thriving local economy.”

Hilda MacDonald
Mayor of the Municipality of Leamington