Bridge rehabilitation projects, road widenings and major intersection improvements are among more than 80 construction projects planned across York Region over the next decade.
In Markham this spring, Bayview Avenue from 16th Avenue to Steeles Avenue will be resurfaced and upgrades to traffic signals will be made at Hwy. 7 and Albert Street/Cosburn Road, Hwy. 7 and Wootten Way North/South and Markham Road and Denison Street. Improvements will be made to several intersections along Leslie Street, including at Commerce Valley Drive West/East, Green Lane/Summerdale Drive and John Street.
“Keeping roads well maintained while continuously improving the road network supports our growing communities by expanding the ways goods and people can move throughout the Region,” says King Township Mayor Steve Pellegrini, Chair of the Region’s Transportation Services.
Regional Council approved $404 million to building road and transit system improvements this year – part of an overall $3.1-billion investment over the next 10 years.
“Advancing construction projects, expanding the transit fleet and building on the cycling and pedestrian facilities allow our communities to be connected through a variety of travel options,” Pellegrini says.
Elsewhere across the region, the expansion of Major Mackenzie Drive from Hwy. 50 to Pine Valley Drive will continue, a rail bridge on Hwy. 27 at the Canadian Pacific Railway tracks will be replaced, a bus garage in Newmarket will be expanded and a new bus terminal opposite the new Mackenzie Vaughan Hospital will be built.
York Region will also invest in transit amenities, including shelters, electronic signs to provide real-time information, waste/recycling receptacles and bike racks, as well as technology on buses to improve pedestrian safety.
“As we continue to respond to the COVID-19 global pandemic, the health and well-being of our residents remains our top priority,” York Region Chairman and CEO Wayne Emmerson says. “However, as we start to think about the recovery phase, this investment helps support our growing communities and provide residents and travellers with an enhanced transportation network whether walking, cycling, taking transit or driving.”