History of King's Highway 418 (Toll):
This future freeway will soon connect Highway 401 to Highway 407 (Toll) in Clarington. After being referred to as the "East Durham Link" for many years during planning, the Ontario Ministry of Transportation formally announced their decision to number the new freeway as Highway 418 on February 5, 2015. Unlike the Highway 407 Express Toll Route (ETR), Highway 418 will be a publicly-owned toll highway. When it is fully completed by 2020, Highway 418 will form a north-south link between Highway 401 and Highway 407 (Toll) between Oshawa and Clarington. Construction work will begin on Highway 418 within the next year and continue until 2020. The new four-lane freeway will open in two stages. The first section scheduled to open extends from Taunton Road northerly to Highway 407 (Toll). This short section of Highway 418 is scheduled to open in late 2017. The southern section from Taunton Road to Highway 401 is scheduled to open in 2020.