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Highway 7 West rapidway - Concord / Thornhill:
Paving on Centre Street and Highway 7



Metrolinx and York Region contractors continue building a rapidway — bus-only lanes in the centre of the roadway — along Highway 7 West, Centre and Bathurst Streets between Dufferin and Yonge Streets.


As part of the rapidway project, crews have been building a new shared-use path

  • on Highway 7, south side, between the Bathurst and Yonge connector roads.

From 9:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, August 23 and Thursday, August 24, the crews are paving the path. The work zone may temporarily block the eastbound curb lanes.

York Region Transit passengers aboard buses along these routes can expect delays:

  • Viva orange; and
  • Viva purple.

Starting 7 p.m. Thursday, August 23 until 7 a.m. Friday, August 24 and continuing overnight nightly, crews are base-paving with the “CIREAM” [cold in-place recycled expanded asphalt mix] process, removing the asphalt and reusing it at the same time, making the process more environmentally friendly and efficient. (A friendlier term for this process is “shave and pave”.)

The crews next use the process to pave:

  • Centre Street between Dufferin and Bathurst Streets.

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Metrolinx and York Region originally scheduled this project and similar paving on Bathurst Street for last week. Due to rain, they rescheduled the Centre Street portion of the project until this week. We originally published the map with last week’s post. Stages 3 and 4 of last week’s work are now Stages 1 and 2 for this week’s work.

They first pave the east- and westbound centre lanes and then the curb lanes

  • Stage 1: The work zone blocks the centre lanes in one direction at a time, as crews pave and then paint new lines.

  • Stage 2: The work zone blocks the curb lanes, as crews pave and then paint new lines.

The work zone continues to block the lanes each morning until the asphalt has dried. Once the pavement has dried, crews remove the temporary work zones and reopen the lanes to traffic.

“Paid-duty” York Regional Police officers will be on-site to control traffic.

Due to the nature of this work, expect construction-related noise from equipment and trucks.

The TTC may temporarily relocate bus stops. TTC passengers aboard buses along this route can also expect delays:

  • 160 Bathurst North.

York Region Transit may temporarily relocate bus stops. YRT passengers aboard buses along these routes can also expect delays:

  • Viva orange;
  • Viva purple;
  • 3 Thornhill;
  • 23 Thornhill Woods;
  • 77 Highway 7;
  • 88 Bathurst.

Overnight paving on Centre Street and the resulting TTC and YRT delays continue overnight until 7 a.m. August 27.