» newmarket Issue 2 | April 2012 Come join me... You’re invited When Where to a vivaNext Open House Tuesday, May 15, 2012 – Drop in between 1 and 8pm Bethel Christian Reform Church 333 Davis Drive, Newmarket Drop in to: >>Find out about rapidway construction on Davis Drive >> See visuals and information about the project Rapidway construction moves ahead on Davis Drive How to sign up for construction notices 1. Visit vivanext.com 2. Click on ‘Sign up for updates’ box on right side 3. Provide your contact info 4. Select the ‘Davis Drive’ box and any others of interest 5. Click on ‘Send’ construction underway 2011 - 2014 Follow us on twitter.com/vivanext. VivaNext is York Region’s next generation of rapid transit for a growing region, and rapidways – dedicated lanes for bus rapid transit – are part of the plan. Rapidways are being built in Markham, Richmond Hill, Vaughan and Newmarket, with funding from Metrolinx, an agency of the Province of Ontario working to transform regional transit expansion in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area. This spring we’re moving forward with rapidway construction on Davis Drive, with extensive work from Yonge Street to Huron Heights Drive. Hydro poles and other utilities are being relocated farther from the roadway, gas lines are being installed, and a culvert will be replaced near the hospital. Work will continue on the Keith Bridge near the Seniors’ Meeting Place, and some retaining walls will be built on the north side of the roadway. Later this year, the historic Union Hotel on the northeast corner of Davis Drive and Main Street will be relocated farther back from the roadway. Talk to us at vivanext.com/blog. Once complete in 2014, Davis Drive will have dedicated rapid transit lanes, attractive streetscaping and pedestrianfriendly places that will contribute to revitalizing and transforming this important corridor. You’ll see a lot of construction on Davis Drive this year, so be sure to sign up for updates at vivanext.com to find out about important detours and the latest construction information. So ut hl ak e Hu ro nH e Le sl ight ie s East Gwillimbury GO Station Rapid transit stations Davis Drive will feature six new rapid transit stations – three in the centre rapidway, two curbside and one at the Highway 404 carpool lot. Rapidway vivastations will feature an attractive, 27-metre-long arched canopy of glass and Davis Drive steel including a 9-metre-long enclosed section with motion-activated heaters. Shift all lanes over to one side of roadway Re Bl ga tta oom Bayview in Avenue gt on Remove old curbs, drains Main St Dr fo Parkside / Longford WHITCHURCHSTOUFFVILLE St pect H Pros 404 Aurora Rd. Highway temporary traffic signals ng Lorne Ave He Go nd lf L Wel er li in so ks ngt n on Move utilities and set up Lo Parkside Dr NEWMARKET rd 2011 – 2014 2015 – 2017 Yonge S t Ea gl e Construction Steps to building a rapidway Wellington St. E. RA Green Lane Newmarket GO Station Sa va Mul ge oc k Da vis Dr ive Gr ee Br nL ist an ol e Yonge S treet Pa Lo rks ng ide f M ord ai n Davis Drive Rapidway Main Southlake and sidewalks Bloomington Rd. Install new streetlights New pedestrian light pole Put in new curbs, drains The same light poles used on Main Street have been chosen for the historic area at Davis Drive, to suit the character of the surroundings. Ki ng and sidewalks Je ffe rs on signals and pave/paint new traffic lanes Stouffville Rd. Shift traffic to new lanes and repeat the previous steps on other side New hydro pole Build vivastations, landscape boulevard and median along rapidway Pave rapidway and Ba 1 W nt 6t el ry hdr -S Ca ick co rr tt vi Ba lle yv i Ch ew al m Va er lle s W ym Sou es ed th Pa Le t B e rk sl eav ie e rC Ea re st ek B Al ea ls ve ta r C W te oo Pa ree d r k M bin kw on e ay t To gom w n C ery en W Ced tr eB ar ar de la lv d. En n nd te rp ris e Major MacKenzie Drive intersections Follow us on twitter.com/vivanext. With a population of only 2,000, Newmarket became an official town in 1880. The Union Hotel at 425 Davis Drive was built soon after and remains an important part of Newmarket’s heritage. To allow Davis Drive to be widened for rapidways, the Union Hotel will be set back on the same property, to preserve it as a reflection of Newmarket’s rich history. Kenned Highway Leslie S M Cr aj El B or os gi e by M n M rn ac ill ard ke s nz ie centre of roadway Highway 7 Preserving a heritage building New hydro poles are combined with lighting and will be installed farther back MARKHAM from the roadway, and once these are in place the old poles will be removed. The new poles are designed to stand without guy-wires, and have a black finish. y Road 404 treet Construct rapidway down Ke nn ed y 19 th -G am bl e Yonge S treet Install permanent traffic M cC ow an Ga ls w or th M ai nS y t. M ar kh am W oo te M nW ar k ay Bu ha rO mS ak to uf fv ill eH os p York Du rham Lin ital e Talk to us at vivanext.com/blog. Cornell Dr N ay 404 t Highw Leslie S Huron H ts gh ei Davis Drive ay 404 Davis Drive Huron Heights Highw A lex a nder Rd Rd ough Rox bor Patterso nS t Rapidway vivastation on Enterprise Boulevard in Markham station locations dedicated rapidway transit in mixed traffic Leslie Preliminary construction timeline Construction at the hospital Work will be underway this summer near the main/emergency entrance from Davis Drive to Southlake Regional Health Centre. This means traffic will be redirected to other entrances off Roxborough Road and Prospect Street. If you’re travelling to the hospital, watch for detour signs as you approach, directing you to an alternative entrance. construction work 2012 2013 2014 2015 Utilities – sewer, water and telecom Hydro Gas lines / duct bank Retaining walls Eastern Creek culvert replacement Keith Bridge Road widening Rapidway construction open Rapidways in service! * For detailed construction information, sign up for construction updates on vivanext.com. Schedule subject to change. vivanext.com Meet your new Community Liaison Andrea Witty is still out and about on Davis Drive and we’re happy to welcome Michelle Dudzik as our new Community Liaison to help with the project. Artist’s illustration of the future Keith Bridge Michelle Dudzik A ndre a W it t y Michelle Dudzik Community Liaison Specialist Tel: 905.886.6767 Ext 1096 Email: [email protected] Andrea Witty Manager, Community Liaison Tel: 905.886.6767 Ext 1022 Email: [email protected] * Opening Soon Project information office 130 Davis Drive Watch for updates! Keith Bridge: construction continues in 2012 The Keith Bridge is being widened to accommodate the new dedicated rapid transit lanes. The architecture of the new bridge will include historic features, making it an attractive landmark on this important corridor. Construction on the south side of the bridge started in 2011, and work on the north side of the bridge is scheduled to begin again later this year. The Old Davis Tannery N Trail Detour Keith Bridge Trail Detour The newly-built south side of the bridge will be fenced until crews join the roadway to it later this year. Tom Taylor Trail will continue to be detoured until Keith Bridge construction is completed. Davis Drive New widened Bridge Construction Area Seniors’ Meeting Place Davis Drive rapidway fun facts 110 truckloads (840m3) of concrete were poured to support the new section of the Keith Bridge 106 tonnes of rebar steel reinforce the new section of the Keith Bridge 60 panels of tempered glass will be installed in each new rapidway station 2,000 linear metres of retaining walls will be along the Davis Drive rapidway 250 new streetlights will help make Davis Drive an attractive and pedestrian-friendly place to be way to go. way to grow.