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Yonge Street rapidway - Richmond Hill: Elgin Mills closure, YRT detours, starting May 22



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Metrolinx and York Region contractors continue the project to build a rapidway — bus-only lanes in the centre of the roadway — along Yonge Street in Richmond Hill between 19th Avenue / Gamble Road and Highway 7.


Starting 9 p.m. Friday, May 22, the Region of York and the City of Richmond Hill are closing parts of

  • the intersection of Yonge Street (Regional Road 1) and [Elgin Mills Road (Regional Road 49)

to accommodate rapidway contractors who are rebuilding the roadway.

York Region Transit is detouring buses along these routes, while parts of the intersection are closed:

  • 80 Elgin Mills; and
  • 86 Newkirk - Maple.

This phase of rapidway construction at Yonge Street and Elgin Mills Road and the resulting YRT detours continue until 11 p.m. May 24.

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Starting 9 p.m. Friday, the Region and City close

  • Elgin Mills Road West just west of Yonge Street and
  • Yonge Street, west side between the Richmond Hill Commons plaza (#s 10850 - 10870 Yonge) and Oxford Street,

to rebuild the west side of the intersection. The work zone blocks motorists from entering or exiting Elgin Mills Road West at Yonge. It restricts traffic on Yonge to just one lane in each direction on the east side of the roadway. It also blocks the north-south crosswalk on the west side of Yonge at Elgin Mills West. You can only cross Elgin Mills on the east side of Yonge.


Starting about 9 p.m. Saturday, the Region and City close

  • Elgin Mills Road East just east of Yonge Street and
  • Yonge Street, east side between the signal across from Richmond Hill Commons plaza (#s 10850 - 10870 Yonge) and Industry Street,

to rebuild the east side of the intersection. The work zone blocks motorists from entering or exiting Elgin Mills Road East at Yonge. It restricts traffic on Yonge to just one lane in each direction on the west side of the roadway. It also blocks the north-south crosswalk on the east side of Yonge at Elgin Mills West. You can only cross Elgin Mills on the west side of Yonge.


The contractors maintain will access to businesses and properties near the work zone. “Paid-duty” York Region Police officers and traffic-control personnel will be on-site to help direct traffic if necessary.

Expect noise, vibration and dust from equipment and trucks.


80 Elgin Mills

From 9 p.m. Friday, May 22 until noon Sunday, May 24, eastbound buses start their trips at Elgin West Community Centre, as usually, then proceed:

east- and southward along Shaftesbury Avenue;
eastward along Canyon Hill and Bernard Avenues; and then
southward along Yorkland Boulevard to Elgin Mills Road East,
resuming their regular route eastward along Elgin Mills East.

Eastbound buses skip their regular stops

  • on Shaftesbury Avenue at Bathurst Street,
  • on Elgin Mills Road West east of Bathurst Street, at Tannery Lane, east of Tannery Lane, at Peterhouse and Regent Streets, east of Regent Street and at Creekview Avenue and Yonge Street and
  • on Elgin Mills Road East at Enford Road.

Instead, eastbound buses drop off or pick up passengers at temporary stops

  • on Shaftesbury Avenue across from Painted Rock Avenue, Owl Ridge Drive and Brookside Road,
  • on Canyon Hill Avenue at Gracedale Drive, across from Leyburn Avenue and Yonge Street,
  • on Bernard Avenue east of Yonge Street and at Yorkland Street and
  • on Yorkland Street across from Justus Drive and Newmill Crescent.

Westbound buses reverse the eastbound detour routing.

Westbound buses skip their regular stops

  • on Elgin Mills Road East at Yonge Street,
  • on Elgin Mills Road West across from Creekview Avenue, west of Leonard Street, at Shaftesbury Avenue and Larratt Lane, west of Larratt Lane and at Hiram Road and Bathurst Street and
  • on Bathurst Street at Canyon Hill Avenue.

Instead, westbound buses drop off or pick up passengers at temporary stops

  • on Bernard Avenue at Yonge Street,
  • on Canyon Hill Avenue at Lanyon Avenue, Palomino Drive and Shaftesbury Avenue and
  • on Shaftesbury Avenue at Brookside Road, Owl Ridge Drive and Painted Rock Avenue.
86 Newkirk - Red Maple

Southbound buses operate along their regular routes.

Saturday, May 23, northbound buses operate along their regular route to Elgin Mills Road East and Enford Road / Yorkland Street, then detour:

northward along Yorkland;
westward along Bernard Avenue;
southward along Yonge Street; and then
west- and **northward through Bernard Terminal,
resuming their regular route eastward along Bernard.

Northbound buses skip their regular stop

  • on Elgin Mills Road East at Yonge Street.