next » highway 7 east Issue 2 | August 2011 Meet your vivaNext team It takes a team of skilled professionals to build a great rapid transit system. And that’s precisely what you have with the vivaNext team – a group of dedicated people who will make every effort to deliver the project on time, and on budget. Under their supervision, York Region will have a rapid transit system that is truly world class. Not only will it relieve traffic congestion and manage future growth, it will feature more pedestrian-friendly green spaces. All this, while causing minimal disruption to those of you who live and work in the area. You have our word “I pledge to deliver the next phase of a modern, state-ofthe-art rapid transit system in York Region. Taking Viva out of mixed traffic and into its own lane will truly put “rapid” into our rapid transit system.” How to reach your Community Liaison Nimisha Raja VivaNext Community Liaison Tel: 905.886.6767 Ext 1023 Cell: 416.712.8938 Email: [email protected] How to sign up for email updates 1. Visit vivanext.com 2. Click on ‘Sign up for Updates’ from the drop-down menu 3. Provide your contact info 4. Select the ‘Highway 7 - Markham’ box and any others of interest 5. Click on ‘Send’ Mary-Frances Turner | President “I pledge to make sure the project will be completed on time. Construction will be carefully planned to avoid delays and reduce impacts. I’ll also make sure you continue to have access to public transit and businesses along Highway 7 throughout construction.” Tim Shepherd | Project Manager “I pledge to minimize disruption during construction of the project and keep the same number of traffic lanes open, whenever possible. I’ll schedule paving overnight, keep noise levels to a minimum and maintain safe pedestrian access.” “I pledge to be available in person and in writing to guide you through our construction activities with the practical information you need. I’ll keep everyone up-to-date, through printed and electronic media. I’ll respond to phone calls and emails quickly. Your questions and concerns are important to me.” Jay Wong | Construction Manager Nimisha Raja | Community Liaison “I pledge to create a greener, more beautiful place to live, work and play. Fifty percent more trees will be added along Highway 7. My goal is to bring you a safe, accessible and pedestrian-friendly street.” “I pledge to minimize disruption to local plants and animals, and their habitats. I will work hard to mitigate potential construction effects on vegetation, fish and wildlife.” Judson Venier | Biologist H3 Darlene Broderick | Landscape Architect Follow us on twitter. Talk to us at vivanext.com/blog. vivanext.com We’re on our way The vivaNext Highway 7 rapidway project is well underway. By 2014, York Region will have a new, state-of-the-art rapid transit system we can all be proud of. The project has been divided into five main construction stages, the first of which has just been completed. Here’s the current status of activities: Stage 1, all done In February 2011, temporary traffic signals were installed between Bayview Avenue and Lunar Crescent. We followed this with the removal and paving over of centre medians during April and May. Utilities were also relocated and mid-block lighting was added. In keeping with our commitment, we completed Stage 1 while minimizing disruption, whenever possible. This is something we intend to honour, throughout the project. Stages 2, 3, 4 and more Now that Stage 1 is done, we’ve begun shifting traffic for the remaining stages of construction. This involves realigning some of the lanes, and marking them accordingly. We’ve also begun road widening and boulevard work, from east of Bayview Avenue to just west of Highway 404. This work includes removing sidewalks and replacing them with attractive pedestrian-friendly boulevards. By late August, the residents of Richmond Hill will have a new watermain and drainage system. Towards the fall, dedicated left-turn signals will be introduced to drivers. Lots of ways to stay informed Knowing what to expect can certainly help make the entire construction process a whole lot easier. We encourage you to sign up for e-updates, read our regular project newsletters, visit our Project Information Centre on Highway 7 at South Park Road or check out vivanext.com. Portable electronic signs keep you in the know printed on post-consumer recycled paper Respect for the environment We have also committed to showing respect for the local environment. So, while we had to remove some trees for road widening, many were either transplanted or protected with barriers. And our plans include additional tree planting. In fact, by project completion, this segment will have 50% more trees than it had before. Follow us on twitter. Find us on facebook. Read our blog. Go to vivanext.com. Regularly updated portable electronic signs will also help keep you informed of construction activities and provide real travel time along the corridor. You’ll find them along Highway 7, between Bayview Avenue and Warden Avenue at major intersections. For more detailed information, you can visit our website and follow us on Twitter. And as always, our vivaNext Community Liaison, Nimisha Raja is available to answer your specific questions and concerns, at 905 886-6767 ext. 1023.