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Davis Drive rapidway construction continues August 10



Update — Tuesday, August 11, 5:36 p.m.: The post now contains information about construction near the Newmarket Seniors Meeting Place.


Metrolinx and York Region contractors continue the project to build a rapidway — bus-only lanes in the centre of the roadway — along Davis Drive in Newmarket.


Starting Monday, August 10, from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. each day, crews are widening the road on the north side of Davis Drive between east of Huron Heights Drive and KFC (655 Davis). (They may also work some weekends.)

During this phase of the project,

  • crews will block Huron Heights Drive and Patterson Street as they work across each intersection with Davis.
  • at times, crews may be working in and around driveways, but they will maintain vehicle and pedestrian access to businesses.
  • access to sidewalks area will change as work progresses.
  • expect noise, dust, vibration and more truck traffic during this phase of the project.

Work continues until fall.

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To help ease the flow of traffic along Davis, crews are installing left-turn traffic sensors at the intersections with Yonge Street, George Street and Barbara Road. The sensors will prioritize the advanced green arrow for motorists turning left or u-turning to through the intersections.

They’ll work from 7 p.m. Monday, August 10 until 6 a.m. Tuesday, August 11 and continue overnight nightly until 6 a.m. August 14, to reduce the impact on daytime traffic. They’ll block left-turn lanes to install the sensors.

Expect noise, dust and vibration during this phase of the project.


Due to what vivaNext describes as “mechanical issues”, crews continue paving between Longford Drive / Parkside Drive and west of Yonge Street from 6 a.m. until 9 p.m. each day until Friday, August 14.

During this phase of the project, they’ll block intersections at George Street, Barbara Road and Parkside / Longford Drives intermittently to north- and southbound through traffic as crews pave across each intersection, one at a time.

While they’re blocking the intersections:

  • motorists on Davis can’t turn left onto the side streets and must proceed to the next intersection and then u-turn to get to their destinations.
  • north- and southbound motorists on each of the side streets must turn right onto Davis, proceed to the next intersection, u-turn, and then continue to their destinations.
  • “paid-duty” York Regional Police officers follow the paving crews to manage traffic at each of the intersections.
  • pedestrians can’t use the north / south crosswalks at the intersections. Security guards or police officers will direct you to the nearest intersection where you can cross Davis.

Crews may prepare before they start working at each site by setting up and dropping off materials and machinery outside of regular work hours — for example, overnight. Expect construction-related noise.

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Due to what vivaNext describes as “mechanical issues”, crews continue paving the centre lanes of Davis near the intersection with Main Street from 6 a.m. until 9 p.m. each day until Friday, August 14.

During this phase of the project, they’ll close the intersection to north- and southbound through traffic as they’re paving.

While the intersection is closed:

  • motorists can’t turn left from Main onto Davis or from Davis onto Main.
  • temporary access lanes at Superior and Vincent streets will be open for you to u-turn around the closure and get to their destinations.
  • pedestrians can’t use the north / south crosswalks at Main and Davis during paving. You can only cross Davis at the Tannery.

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Due to what vivaNext describes as “mechanical issues”, crews continue paving on the south side of Davis between just east of Alexander Road and Roxborough Roads this week from 6 a.m. until 9 p.m. each day until Friday, August 14.

During this phase of the project, they’ll

  • block Alexander Road to traffic while they pave the intersection of Davis with Alexander Road and Huron Heights Drive.
  • intermittently block driveways on the south side of Davis between Roxborough to Alexander to pave the road. They’ll reopen driveways as soon as the asphalt cools.
  • block the south sidewalk on Davis between Home Hardware at 808 Davis and Newmarket Gospel Hall at 736 Davis. Pedestrians must cross Davis at Roxbrough Road / Patterson Street or Carlson Drive.

Crews may prepare before they start working at the site by setting up and dropping off materials and machinery outside of regular work hours — for example, overnight. Expect construction-related noise.

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York Region Transit is detouring buses operating along this route, while Alexander Street is closed:

  • 54 Bayview.

Starting Monday, August 10, from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. each day, crews are building a new traffic island at the Newmarket Seniors’ Meeting Place, 474 Davis. The new island will make it easier for motorists to drop off or pick up passengers at the front entrance and increase parking capacity for visitors.

During this phase of the project:

  • the work blocks the sidewalk on south side of Davis. Pedestrians must cross Davis at the signal to access the property. You can gain access to the Meeting Place through its temporary main entrance on the west side entrance, instead of the north side of the building.
  • buses operating along YRT’s 520 / 521 Newmarket community route pick up or drop off passenger at the west-side entrance.
  • you can’t access Tom Taylor Trail from Davis on the east side of the building during construction. Instead, you can access the trail on the north side of Davis through the Tannery Mall parking lot.
  • the work restricts motorists to just one inbound and one outbound lane. Outbound motorists can turn left, right or proceed through the intersection onto Davis.
  • expect noise, dust and vibration.

Work continues until September 30.

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During all phases of Davis Drive rapidway construction, expect delays for GO Transit buses operating along this route:

  • 65 Newmarket / Toronto.

Also expect delays for York Region Transit buses operating along these routes:

  • 44 Bristol;
  • 50 Queensway;
  • 54 Bayview;
  • 55 / 55B Davis Drive;
  • 58 Mount Albert;
  • 223 Newmarket GO shuttle; and
  • 520 / 521 Newmarket community bus.

Source: vivaNext.

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