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We know construction on York Region roads is resulting in longer travel times for our valued customers. We continue to work with vivaNext to minimize the impact on your travels as construction projects move forward.

Growth in York Region:

York Region's population is growing, and we are building infrastructure to support the expected increase in resident and business populations. York Region is expected to grow by almost 50 per cent between now and 2031 with the population increasing from 1.1 million to approximately 1.5 million.

To support future growth and travel demand, and to help reduce long-term traffic congestion throughout the Region, road and transit infrastructure improvements are necessary

Construction:

Building these major infrastructure projects on already busy roads is complicated. We recognize that construction and lane closures can be disruptive; to minimize the inconvenience as much as possible, we carefully plan work activities to get the work done as quickly as possible, all while minimizing disruption wherever we can.

The vivaNext rapidway construction has provided the opportunity to upgrade the Region's infrastructure, including water mains, sewers and telecommunications, in order to meet future needs. By expanding or upgrading infrastructure, we can meet the requirements of buildings, businesses and residents as our population grows, rather than waiting until we run out of capacity

To maximize as much work as possible during a short construction season, the majority of construction projects are completed in the warmer months (especially in the summer when traffic volumes are lower). The work activity is critical to ensure the project remains on schedule.

Coordinated Efforts:

While it may appear as though construction is taking place everywhere across the Region, there is a coordinated approach in place which includes York Region, vivaNext and the municipalities to better balance the need for necessary infrastructure improvements.

The vivaNext rapidway projects employ a comprehensive communications program to help mitigate disruptions and minimize the inconvenience of construction on the community. We value the importance of timely, accurate and frequent communications to the communities that we serve.

York Region, in partnership with the Province of Ontario and the Government of Canada, are investing in GO Regional Express Rail, subway extensions, Viva rapidways, YRT frequent transit network and YRT local and specialty transit services. All of these elements will provide for a fully integrated transit system connecting York Region's communities to one another, and connecting us to neighboring communities throughout the Greater Toronto Area

Check out the FAQ below and if you have further questions about construction, visit www.vivanext.com.

Frequently Asked Questions

 When will the vivaNext rapidway construction be completed?

Each vivaNext rapidway project has a unique timeline for the work to be completed. Expected completion dates for each of the corridors is outlined below:

  • Bathurst Street and Centre Street in Vaughan: December, 2019
  • Highway 7 West in Woodbridge: December, 2019
  • Yonge Street in Newmarket: December, 2019
  • Yonge Street in Richmond Hill: December, 2020

All construction activity happens in phases and are carefully staged to minimize impacts on the surrounding community, including overall traffic flow, residents and businesses.

Details on rapidway projects, including project timelines and updates are available on www.vivanext.com

 Why do projects take so long?
Because it's a complete rebuild of the corridor; everything below ground and above ground needs to move or change with necessary relocations and upgrades to various utilities.
 Why are the roads down to one lane in some cases?

A great deal of planning has been done to minimize the impact of construction in York Region. One such measure is to keep two lanes open in each direction during construction as much as possible, with some areas being reduced to a single lane when required.

Lane closures are reviewed and approved by York Regional Roads staff before they take effect so that staff can provide feedback and comment on the proposed traffic staging. Wherever possible, closures are planned for off-peak hours (between 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.).

When a work activity is particularly impactful, crews may work extended work hours to expedite the work. Additionally, at times, we work closely with York Regional Police to keep the flow of traffic moving, especially during rush hour.

Working out the best construction staging is complex and balances costs, getting the work done as fast as possible, and minimizing the disruption for everyone.

 Why can't the construction be done overnight?

Building major infrastructure can be disruptive and, since we are constructing in populated areas with nearby residents, the project has been planned to minimize the impact to the communities as much as possible.

The majority of the construction work for vivaNext projects will take place on weekdays, from Monday to Friday, during the hours of 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

At times, it is necessary to complete work overnight and/or on weekends. We consider the needs of the overall community and, in order to minimize the impact to businesses, work may be scheduled overnight. We regularly update our website with the overnight work that is taking place.

Why can't we just build more roads?

We recognize that transportation consistently ranks as a top issue for York Region's residents and businesses, and the Region continues to invest aggressively in road widening, York Region Transit projects and other improvements to add capacity to the road network. However, with continued growth in our population and resulting increase in travel demand, road improvements alone will not be enough to address travel needs.

Better transit and more walkable neighbourhoods support a generational shift from suburban families with multiple vehicles, to younger people who want to use transit, and seniors who may not want to drive.

With the increased availability of condos and apartments, young people and empty nesters are both attracted to these emerging higher density neighbourhoods with all the amenities and convenient transit connections right at their doorsteps.

Why are the right-hand turn lanes removed? 

Right turn lanes make intersections wider for pedestrians to cross and also cause safety concerns with bike lanes which are a feature of most of our rapidway projects.

A more pedestrian-friendly streetscape minimizes the number of mid-block entry points for vehicles, includes continuous sidewalks (including through driveways) and intersections that now accommodate increasing numbers of pedestrians, cyclists and vehicles, including more frequent transit operations.

The benefits of combined 'through' and 'right turn' lanes include:

  • Reduction in pedestrian walking distance across intersections
  • Improving cyclist safety
  • Allowing for enhanced streetscaping opportunities to make it more pedestrian and cyclist-friendly
  • Providing flexible signal timings improve overall flow of traffic (this includes transit in the rapidway lanes, vehicles travelling north and south as well as bike and pedestrian movements)
  • By removing right turn storage lanes along rapidway corridors, pedestrian walking distances are reduced, and benefits such as flexible signal timings and longer main road 'green time' (of the traffic lights) can improve traffic and transit operations

Where can I get more information?

There is a dedicated community liaison that works closely with the community and those within the construction zone. Click here for project contact information.

You can get project updates by signing up to receive construction bulletins by email at www.vivanext.com/subscribe.