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Part 1 -- Previewing 2010 construction



Details of construction projects that may affect transit services in the Greater Toronto area, Hamilton and the Golden Horseshoe this year.

This part previews projects in: Ajax, Barrie, Bradford West Gwillimbury, Brampton, Burlington, Cambridge, Clarington, Georgina, Guelph, Halton Hills, Hamilton and Kitchener.


Ajax



Region of Durham projects in Ajax

Expect construction on this regional road in Ajax to disrupt Durham Region Transit and GO Transit services in 2010:

  • Kingston Roads East and West (Regional Highway 2) - improving intersections at Harwood Avenue, Salem Road and Westney Road to prepare for bus rapid transit in 2011.

Town of Ajax projects

Expect construction on these local streets to disrupt Durham Region Transit and GO Transit services this year:

  • Fairall Street; and
  • Shoal Point Road between Bayly Street East and Salt Drive.

The Town will also improve this intersection in 2010:

  • Westney Road South and Finley Avenue.

Barrie



Allandale Station

The City of Barrie is proceeding with its plans to redevelop the historic Allandale Station. It expects to start construction of train infrastructure later this year, with GO Transit trains operating to the station by 2011.

You can read more about the Allandale Station project here.


Other City of Barrie projects

Expect construction on these roads to disrupt Barrie Transit and GO Transit services this year:

  • Anne Street North between Cundles Road West and Dunlop Street West;
  • Cundles Road West between Anne Street North and Kozlov Street;
  • Duckworth Street between Cundles Road East and Bernick Drive (started in 2009);
  • Essa Road between Anne Street South and Ardagh Road / Byrne Drive (started in 2009);
  • Ferndale Drive North between Edgehill Drive and Tiffin Steet (started in 2009);
  • Huronia Road between Yonge Street and Lockhart Road;
  • Mapleview Drive East between Huronia Road and Country Lane / Stunden Lane; and
  • Ross Street between Toronto and Wellington Streets.

The City is also improving this intersection this year:

  • Dunlop Street West and Eccles Street.

Bradford West Gwillimbury



Province of Ontario projects in Bradford West Gwillimbury

Expect construction on this provincial highway in Bradford West Gwillimbury to disrupt GO Transit services this year:

  • New Highway 400 interchange at 5th Line.

Town of Bradford West Gwillimbury projects

Expect construction on these local streets to disrupt GO Transit services this year:

  • Dissette Street north of Bridge Street; and
  • Holland Street East between Barrie and Bridge Streets.

Brampton



Züm

The City of Brampton and the Region of Peel are proceeding with building Brampton’s first bus rapid transit line — Züm — along Queen Street East. They expect to have the service up and running by September, so passengers traveling on Brampton Transit, GO Transit and York Region Transit buses operating along Queen Street East should expect lots of changes to their rides throughout the spring, summer and early fall.

The City is responsible for building two sections of the line along Queen Street:

  • Centre Street to Highway 410; and
  • Highway 410 to Gateway Boulevard.

The Region is co-ordinating a third section:

  • Airport Road to Highway 50.

Work between Centre Street and Highway 410 includes rebuilding and widening the roadway and installing a high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lane between Kennedy Road and Highway 410. The City will add bus rapid transit (BRT) infrastructure at three major intersections - Centre Street, Kennedy Road and Rutherford Road. BRT infrastructure includes:

  • queue jump lanes — to allow buses to leave signals ahead of all other traffic
  • bus bays; and
  • “station-type” bus stops. (The stops will vary in size and include spacious, heated waiting areas, better lighting, security cameras and comfortable seating. Each station stop will also feature digital signs that list real-time information so you can track when your next bus is coming, route maps and information boards.)

Between Highway 410 and Gateway Boulevard, the City will rebuild the roadways and install BRT infrastructure at six intersections: West Drive, Dixie Road, Bramalea Road, Glenvale Boulevard / Finchgate Boulevard, Torbram Road and Gateway Boulevard / Chrysler Drive.

The Region is rebuilding and widening Queen Street between Airport Road and Highway 50 and installing BRT infrastructure at five intersections: Airport Road, Goreway Drive, McVean Drive, Gore Road and Highway 50.

The City will also rebuild and relocate the Bramalea Transit Centre from its current site off Clark Drive, south of the Bramalea Town Centre mall, to beside Queen Street, north of the mall. It will also make minor changes to the Downtown Transit Terminal to accommodate the Züm buses. Brampton Transit and GO likely will reroute those buses that currently serve the terminal.


Other Region of Peel projects in Brampton

Expect construction along these regional roads in Brampton to disrupt Brampton Transit and GO Transit services this year:

  • Airport Road between Queen Street East and Steeles Avenue East;
  • Dixie Road North between Bovaird Drive East and Queen Street East;
  • Highway 50 between Countryside Drive and Castlemore Road;
  • Mavis Road between Steeles Avenue West and Highway 407;
  • Mayfield Road East between Hurontario Street and Heart Lake Road;
  • Mississauga Road between Steeles Avenue West and Highway 407;
  • Steeles Avenue West between Winston Churchill Boulevard and Mississauga Road; and
  • The Gore Road between Queen Street East and Highway 50.

The region will also improve these intersections in Brampton:

  • Airport Road South and Steeles Avenue East;
  • Kennedy Road South and Stafford Drive;
  • Queen Street West and Chinguacousy Road (including facilities to improve transit service);
  • Steeles Avenue East and Advance Boulevard;
  • Steeles Avenue East and Bramalea Road South;
  • Steeles Avenue East and Finch Avenue;
  • Steeles Avenue East and Goreway Drive;
  • Steeles Avenue East and Highway 50;
  • Steeles Avenue East and Torbram Road South; and
  • Steeles Avenue West and Chinguacousy Road South / Mavis Road (including facilities to improve transit service).

Other City of Brampton projects

The City hasn’t yet finalized its complete schedule of works projects for this year, but expect construction on these roads to disrupt Brampton Transit services:

  • Ebenezer Road between The Gore Road and Highway 50;
  • Torbram Road South, south of Highway 407 (new bridge at railway tracks); and
  • Wanless Drive between Chinguacousy and McLaughlin Roads North.

It also intends to build a mobility hub — a major transit station area — near Mount Pleasant GO Station.


Burlington



Province of Ontario projects in Burlington

Expect construction along these provincial highways in Burlington to affect GO Transit and Hamilton Street Railway services this year:

  • Highway 403 between Highway 6 and the Queen Elizabeth Way: repair and build new interchange at Waterdown Road (which should improve GO bus access to Aldershot GO Station.)
  • Queen Elizabeth Way between Brant Street and Burloak Drive: widen, install high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes, improve interchanges and bridge structures (since 2009).

Region of Halton projects in Burlington

Expect construction on this regional road in Burlington to affect Burlington Transit services in 2010:

  • Dundas Street between Appleby Line and Tremaine Road.

The Region will also improve this intersection:

  • Dundas Street and Brant Street.
City of Burlington projects

The City hasn’t finalized its 2010 budget yet.

It has received Infrastructure Stimulus Funds to expand its transit operations centre.


Cambridge



Region of Waterloo projects in Cambridge

Expect construction on these regional roads in Cambridge to affect Grand River Transit services this year:

  • Concession Street between Water and Chisholm Streets and the Grand River bridge;
  • Eagle Street North between Concession and Hespeler Roads;
  • Fountain Street South between Shantz Hill Road and King Street;
  • Franklin Boulevard between Highway 401 and Main Street East;
  • George Street between the north city limits and St. Andrews Street;
  • Hespeler Road bridge at railway tracks north of Coronation Boulevard / Dundas Street;
  • King Street between Eagle and Fountain Streets;
  • Maple Grove Road between Speedsville and Cherry Blossom Roads;
  • Myers Road between Water Street and Franklin Boulevard;
  • Pinebush Road between Hespeler Road and Franklin Boulevard;
  • Townline Road between Can-Amera Parkway and Avenue Road; and
  • Water Street between Coronation Boulevard / Dundas Street and Ainslie Street.

City of Cambridge projects

The City hasn’t yet finalized its budget.

Grand River Transit is upgrading the Ainslie Street Terminal in the Galt City Centre this year.


Clarington



Province of Ontario projects in Clarington
  • Expect construction along this provincial highway in Oshawa to disrupt GO Transit services this year:

  • Highway 401 between Stevenson Road and Highways 35 and 115 - repaving.


Region of Durham projects in Clarington

Expect construction on this regional road in Clarington to disrupt Durham Region Transit services in 2010:

  • Main Street Orono.

Municipality of Clarington projects

The Municipality hasn’t finalized its 2010 budget yet.


Georgina


Expect construction along this Region of York road to disrupt York Region Transit services this year:

  • Woodbine Avenue between Ravenshoe Road and Morton Avenue / Pollock Road.

Guelph


Like Mississauga and Toronto, the City of Guelph has set up a separate website, “Guelph Remastered”, to help residents learn about, and plan for, the City’s activities in rebuilding and improving infrastructure.

The number of projects is extensive, but the City’s message is clear: “short-term pain, long-term gain”.

Expect construction projects along these streets to affect GO Transit and Guelph Transit services this year:

  • Arkell Road between Victoria Road North and Gordon Street (started in 2009);
  • Dawson Road between Speedvale Avenue West and Shelldale Crescent;
  • Edinburgh Road between Speedvale Avenue West and London Road West;
  • Gordon Street between Stone Road and Hart’s Lane;
  • Norfolk Street between Woolwich Street and Quebec Street. (The project that dominated downtown Guelph in 2009 continues through 2010. The City will also build a traffic circle at the five-point intersection of Woolwich, Norwich and Norfolk Streets.);
  • Speedvale Avenue East between Stevenson Street North and the east city limits;
  • Speedvale Avenue West between Imperial Road North and Lewis Road (started in 2009);
  • Stone Roads East and West between Victoria Road South and Scottsdale Drive;
  • Victoria Road North between Eramosa Road and Eastview Drive;
  • Westmount Road between Speedvale Avenue West and London Road West;
  • Woodlawn Road at various locations; and
  • Wyndham Street South between Carden Street and Wellington Street (phase 2 of the project that started in 2009).

The City is also improving these intersections this year:

  • Eramosa Road and Delhi Street
  • Speedvale Avenue East at Stevenson Street North;
  • Victoria Road North at Eastview Drive; and
  • Victoria Road North at Woodlawn Road East.

This year, the City is also starting to improve roadways near its future downtown transit terminal at Carden and Macdonell Streets.


Halton Hills


Expect Town of Halton Hills construction at Queen and Murdock Streets to disrupt GO Transit bus services to and from Georgetown GO Station in 2010.


Hamilton



Province of Ontario projects

Expect construction along this provincial highway to affect GO Transit and Hamilton Street Railway services this year:

  • Highway 403 between Highway 6 and the Queen Elizabeth Way: repair roadway and build new interchange at Waterdown Road (which should improve GO bus access to Aldershot GO Station.)

City of Hamilton projects

The City continues to build its downtown transit terminal and the Hamilton Street Railway will revise many routes in downtown Hamilton to serve the new terminal, when it opens in the fall. It will reroute all the buses operating along routes that serve stops on the south side of Gore Park to the terminal and the City will then start a project to turn the south leg of King Street East into a pedestrian mall.

Although the City has not yet finalized its budget, it has detailed a list of capital works projects that it intends to build. Expect construction along these local streets to disrupt Burlington Transit and HSR services this year:

  • Burlington Street East between Birch Avenue and Ottawa Street North;
  • the Jolley Cut;
  • King Streets West and East Dundas between Market Street and York Road / York Street;
  • Longwood Road North between Franklin Avenue and Macklin Street North (Princess Point);
  • McNiven Road between Golf Links Road and Rousseaux Street / Mohawk Road West;
  • Paramount Drive between Mistywood and Winterberry Drives;
  • Queensdale Avenue East between Upper Ottawa Street and Upper Gage Avenue;
  • Stone Church Road West between Omni Gate and Garth Street;
  • Upper Paradise Road between Mohawk Road West and Sanatorium Road;
  • Upper Wellington Street between Rymal and Stone Church Roads East and between Towercrest and Bryna Drives;
  • Wilson Street between Sherman Avenue North and Wentworth Street North and between Victoria Avenue North and James Street North;
  • Woodward Avenue between Melvin Avenue and Brampton Street; and
  • York Boulevard between Caroline and James Streets North.

Kitchener



Province of Ontario projects in Kitchener

Expect construction along this provincial highway in Kitchener to disrupt GO Transit services this year:

  • Highway 8 between the Conestoga Parkway and Highway 401.

Region of Waterloo projects in Kitchener

Expect construction along these regional roads in Kitchener to disrupt Grand River Transit services this year:

  • Bridge Street East between the Grand River and the east city limits;
  • Bloomingdale Road between Bridge Street East and Daniel Avenue;
  • Courtland Avenue East between Queen Street South and the Conestoga Parkway;
  • Edna Street between Victoria Street North and Frederick Street;
  • Frederick Street between King Street East and East Avenue;
  • Highland Road between Westmount Road East and Patricia Avenue;
  • Queen Street South between Highland Road and Courtland Avenue;
  • Victoria Street North between Lancaster and Edna Streets;
  • Victoria Street South between Fischer - Hallman Road and Lawrence Avenue; and
  • Westmount Roads East and West between Greenbrook Drive and Victoria Street South.

City of Kitchener projects

Expect construction along these local streets to disrupt GO Transit and Grand River Transit services this year:

  • Greenbrook Drive between Lakeside Drive and Sterling Avenue South;
  • Heiman Street between Highland Road East and Mill Street;
  • Highland Road South between Sterling Avenue and Hoffman Street;
  • King Street downtown streetscape improvments;
  • Mill Street between Queen Street South and Sterling Avenue South;
  • Moore Street north of Emma Street;
  • Queen Street South between Courtland Avenue South and Charles Street;
  • Spadina Road East between Highland Road East and Mill Street;
  • Sterling Avenue South between Greenbrook Drive and Homer Watson Boulevard; and
  • Wellington Street North between Margaret Street and Weber Street East.