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Part 2 -- 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: Markham, Milton, Mississauga, Newmarket, Niagara Falls, Peterborough, Oakville, Orangeville, Oshawa, St. Catharines, Thorold, Toronto, Vaughan, Waterloo (city), Whitby and Whitchurch Stouffville.


Markham



Viva

The Region of York is continuing with its plan to build bus rapidways along Highway 7, Yonge Street and Davis Drive during the next few years. The region will build upon its current infrastructure along the roadways to set up more formal busways with bus rapid transit (BRT) infrastructure.

BRT infrastructure includes:

  • median, “bus-only”, lanes with “queue-jumping” — to allow buses to leave signals ahead of all other traffic; and
  • “station-type” bus stops.

In 2010, the Region also is proceeding to build these Viva projects in Markham that, in turn, will affect GO Transit and York Region Transit services:

  • finish building the bus rapidway and canopy for the Enterprise Civic Mall — north of Enterprise Boulevard between Warden Avenue and Unionville GO Station; and
  • start building the rapidway along Highway 7 between Yonge Street and Warden Avenue.

Other Region of York projects in Markham

Expect construction along these regional roads in Markham to disrupt GO Transit, TTC and York Region Transit services this year:

  • Highway 7 East between the Rouge River and Warden Avenue;
  • Ninth Line between Main Street Stouffville and Major Mackenzie Drive East; and
  • Warden Avenue between Stouffville Road and 16th Avenue.

City of Toronto projects in Markham

Expect construction along this City of Toronto road in Markham to affect TTC and York Region Transit services this year:

  • Steeles Avenue East between McCowan and Brimley Roads and between Red Lea Avenue (east of Kennedy Road) and Yonge Street.

Milton



Region of Halton projects in Milton

Expect construction on this regional road in Milton to disrupt GO Transit services this year:

  • Derry Road between James Snow Parkway and Ninth Line.

Town of Milton projects

Expect construction on this local street to disrupt GO Transit and Milton Transit services this year:

  • Main Street East between Wilson Drive and Ontario Street (new bridge at railway tracks).

Mississauga



Province of Ontario projects in Mississauga

Expect construction along these provincial highways in Mississauga to disrupt GO Transit and Mississauga Transit services this year:

  • Highway 401 between Highways 403 and 410 and McLaughlin Road and interchange at Hurontario Street - rebuild structures.
  • Queen Elizabeth Way at Hurontario Street - upgrade interchange.

Region of Peel projects in Mississauga

Expect construction along this regional road in Mississauga to disrupt Mississauga Transit services this year:

  • Britannia Road West between Queen Street and Hurontario Street.

The region will also likely improve these intersections in 2010:

  • Derry Road East and Torbram Road;
  • Derry Road West and Lisgar Drive / Rosehurst Drive;
  • Derry Road West and McLaughlin Road;
  • Derry Road West and Millcreek Drive;
  • Derry Road West and Syntex Court / Syntex Drive
  • Dixie Road and Drew Road.
Mississauga busway

We recently explained that GO Transit and Mississauga Transit passengers face about 18 months of construction near Square One and the City Centre Terminal as the City gets its bus rapid transit project under way. It is starting by building bus-only lanes in the median along Rathburn Roads West and East between Duke of York Boulevard and Shipp Drive.

Work on a second part of the project also starts this year, as the City improves the interchange of Mavis Road and Highway 403 to improve bus access from the bus-only shoulder lanes along the Highway to Mavis and to City View Drive.

You can learn more about the Mississauga busway project here.


Other City of Mississauga projects

Like Guelph and Toronto, Mississauga has planned so many infrastructure projects for 2010 that it has set up a separate website, “Building Our Future Mississauga”, just to help residents keep track of them all.

Specifically, transit passengers can expect construction along these local roads to disrupt Brampton Transit, GO Transit and Mississauga Transit services this year:

  • Admiral Boulevard between Hurontario Street and Kennedy Road (started in 2009, requires top layer of asphalt this spring);
  • Argentia Road between Derry Road West and Mississauga Road (started in 2009, requires top layer of asphalt this spring);
  • Britannia Road East between Hurontario Street and Kennedy Road (started in 2009, requires top layer of asphalt this spring);
  • Burnhamthorpe Road East between Arista Way and Dixie Road;
  • Burnhamthorpe Road West between Creditview Road and the Credit River bridge (started in 2009, requires top layer of asphalt this spring);
  • Courtneypark Drive East between Hurontario Street and Kennedy Road;
  • Creditview Road between Old Creditview Road and Britannia Road West (started in 2009, requires top layer of asphalt this spring);
  • Drew Road east of Torbram Road;
  • Eglinton Avenue West between Erin Mills Parkway and Mississauga Road and between Creditview Road and Terry Fox Way (started in 2009, requires top layer of asphalt this spring);
  • Goreway Drive south of Highway 407 (bridge at railway tracks);
  • Hurontario Street bridge across Highway 401 (started in 2009);
  • Lakeshore Road West between Southdown and Lorne Park Roads (started in 2009, requires top layer of asphalt this spring);
  • Maingate Drive between Matheson Boulevard East and Eglinton Avenue East;
  • Turner Valley Road between Argentia Road and Mississauga Road (started in 2009, requires top layer of asphalt this spring); and
  • Winston Churchill Boulevard between Derry Road West and Eglinton Avenue West and between Burnhamthorpe Road West and Dundas Street West (started in 2009, requires top layer of asphalt this spring).

Newmarket



Viva

The Region of York is continuing with its plan to build bus rapidways along Highway 7, Yonge Street and Davis Drive during the next few years. The region will build upon its current infrastructure along the roadways to set up more formal busways with bus rapid transit (BRT) infrastructure.

BRT infrastructure includes:

  • median, “bus-only”, lanes with “queue-jumping” — to allow buses to leave signals ahead of all other traffic; and
  • “station-type” bus stops.

In 2010, the Region also is proceeding to build these Viva projects in Newmarket that, in turn, will affect GO Transit and York Region Transit services:

  • start building the bus rapidway along Davis Drive between Yonge Street and Highway 404; and
  • start building the rapidway along Yonge Street between Davis and Mulock Drives.

Other Region of York projects in Newmarket

Expect construction along this regional road in Newmarket to affect GO Transit and York Region Transit service this year:

  • Davis Drive East between Yonge Street and Woodbine Avenue.

Niagara Falls



Region of Niagara projects in Niagara Falls

Expect construction along these regional roads in Niagara Falls to disrupt transit services this year:

  • Lyons Creek Road at Stanley Avenue;
  • McLeod Road between Stanley Avenue and Montrose Road;
  • Montrose Road between Mount Carmel Boulevard and Matthews Drive.
City of Niagara Falls projects

The City has not yet confirmed its 2010 budget, but transit passengers should expect construction along these local streets to disrupt Niagara Falls Transit services this year:

  • Drummond Road;
  • Kalar Road between Woodbine Street and Thorold Stone Road (starts March 1);
  • Queen Street between River Road and Victoria Avenue (started February 16).

The City, the Niagara Parks Commission, the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Commission and the Falls Management Company are also starting work on the People Mover project. The People Mover is a bus rapid transit line connecting downtown Niagara Falls — site of Niagara Falls Transit’s main terminal and the Via Rail and GO Transit terminals — with the tourist areas at Victoria Park beside the falls and along Clifton Hill and Lundy’s Lane.


Oakville



Province of Ontario projects in Oakville

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

  • Queen Elizabeth Way from east of Trafalgar Road to Burloak Drive - widening and installing high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes.

Region of Halton projects in Oakville

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

  • Bronte Road between Upper Middle Road West and Dundas Street West;
  • Dundas Streets West and East between Bronte Road and Highway 403;
  • Trafalgar Road between Highway 407 and Leighland Avenue / Iroquois Shore Road (including new bus-only lanes);
  • Upper Middle Road East between Grand Boulevard and Ninth Line / Ford Drive and between Winston Park Drive and Winston Churchill Boulevard; and
  • Upper Middle Roads West and East between Neyagawa Boulevard and Trafalgar Road.

Town of Oakville projects

Expect construction along these local streets to disrupt Oakville Transit services this year:

  • Cornwall Road between Maple Grove Drive and Winston Churchill Boulevard;
  • Ford Drive between Cornwall Road and Constance Drive;
  • Glenashton Drive between Central Park and Millbank Drives and between Grosvenor Street and Cashey Drive;
  • Kerr Street at the Queen Elizabeth Way;
  • Lakeshore Road West between Burloak Drive and Mississauga Street;
  • Lancaster Drive between Grand Boulevard and Grosvenor Street;
  • Monastery Drive between Greenbriar and Dorval Drives;
  • North Service Road East between Pearson Drive and Trafalgar Road;
  • North Service Road West between Third and Fourth Lines;
  • Oakmead Boulevard between River Oaks Boulevard East and Upper Middle Road East;
  • Old Abbey Lane between Nottinghill Gate and Dorval Drive;
  • River Oaks Boulevard West between Oxford Avenue and Sixth Line;
  • Royal Windsor Drive at Maple Grove Drive and various other locations;
  • Shepherd Road bridge over Speers Road;
  • Speers Road between Bronte Road and Third Line; and
  • Third Line between Rebecca Street and Lakeshore Road West.

The Town is also expanding its transit facility in 2010.


Orangeville


Expect construction along these Town of Orangeville streets to disrupt Orangeville Transit services in 2010:

  • Century Drive; and
  • Fourth Street.

Oshawa



Province of Ontario projects in Oshawa
  • 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 Oshawa

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

  • Simcoe Street south of Olive Avenue; and
  • Wentworth Street between Ritson Road South and Simcoe Street South.

City of Oshawa projects

Expect construction along these local streets to disrupt Durham Region Transit services in 2010:

  • Coldstream Drive between Grandview Street North and Harmony Road North;
  • Conlin Road East between Avalon Street and Bridle Road; and
  • Fox Street between Laval Drive and Champlain Avenue.

Peterborough


Expect construction on these City of Peterborough streets to disrupt GO Transit and Peterborough Transit services this year:

  • Hunter Street bridge over Otonabee River;
  • Lansdowne Avenue west of Kawartha Heights Drive;
  • Nassau Mills Road bridge over Otonabee River; and
  • South Park Drive.

The City is also improving this intersection in 2010:

  • Carnegie Avenue at Cumberland Avenue.

Pickering



Pedestrian bridge to GO Station

Region of Durham, the City of Pickering and GO Transit are working together to build a pedestrian bridge across Highway 401 between downtown Pickering and the Pickering GO Station. GO will also build a parking structure at the north end of the bridge.


Other Region of Durham projects in Pickering

Expect construction on these regional roads in Pickering to disrupt transit services this year:

  • Altona Road between Stroud’s Lane and Sheppard Avenue / Twyn Rivers Drive.
  • Kingston Road (Regional Highway 2) - improving intersections at Brock, Liverpool and White’s Roads to prepare for bus rapid transit in 2011.

Other City of Pickering projects

The City hasn’t yet finalized its 2010 budget.


St. Catharines



Province of Ontario projects in St. Catharines

Expect construction along this provincial highway in St. Catharines to disrupt GO Transit and St. Catharines Transit Commission services this year:

  • Queen Elizabeth Way - widening from four lanes to six lanes between Highway 406 and the Garden City Skyway, replacing bridges at Martindale Road, Lake Street, Geneva Street and Welland Avenue and rehabilitating bridges at Ontario Street, Third Street and Niagara Street (started in 2007).

Region of Niagara projects in St. Catharines

Expect construction along these regional roads in St. Catharines to affect St. Catharines Transit Commission services this year:

  • Burgoyne Bridge (St. Paul Street West);
  • Glendale Avenue west of the Welland Canal Parkway;
  • Lakeport Road bridge over Martindale Pond
  • Lakeshore Road between Lakeport Road and Prince Charles Drive;
  • Main Street Port Dalhousie between Third Street Louth and Henley Island Drive;
  • Martindale Road between the Queen Elizabeth Way and Golden Pond Boulevard;
  • Niagara Street between Vine and Scott Streets; and
  • Welland Avenue between Niagara Street and the Queen Elizabeth Way.
City of St. Catharines projects

The City hasn’t yet finalized its budget for 2010.


Toronto


Like Guelph and Mississauga, Toronto has also set up a website to keep track of all the projects resulting from the Infrastructure Stimulus Funds here. The City also has several other major projects on the planning boards that affect transit services this year.


Province of Ontario projects in Toronto

Expect construction along these provincial highways in Toronto to disrupt GO Transit, Mississauga Transit and TTC services this year:

  • Highway 401 between Avenue Road and Yonge Street - upgrading the Hogg’s Hollow bridge (since 2008);
  • Highway 409 - upgrading the highway;
  • Highway 427 between Highway 401 and the Queen Elizabeth Way - upgrading the highway;

Eglinton Crosstown light rail Transit City line

Expect some work on surface sections to start in 2010.

By this fall the TTC expects to open tenders to identify a contractor to build the west portal into the tunnel part of the line near Black Creek Drive, with construction starting after that.

St. Clair West streetcar right of way

2010 is the year that will see the end of this project.

Contractors have now finished most of the heavy construction work — new tracks, streetcar passenger platforms, roadway and sidewalks — from McRoberts Avenue to Old Weston Road is now completed. They still have to install overhead streetcar power lines and poles.

Crews are currently working on installing tracks and rebuilding the roadway and sidewalks between Old Weston Road and Keele Street.

Work is also under way on rebuilding the roadway and sidewalks between Keele Street and Gunns loop.

Expect streetcar service along the complete line between Gunn’s Loop and St. Clair Station later this year (maybe… May???).

Sheppard East light rail Transit City line

Construction is already underway to build the bridge carrying the Canadian National Railways’ Uxbridge Subdivision tracks (GO’s 71 Stouffville trains use these tracks) across Sheppard Avenue East, with a detour route to carry Sheppard Avenue traffic around the construction zone through part of the Agincourt GO Station parking lot.

The TTC and City have not formally announced which sections of the line they will be working on this year, although it has scheduled work from Progress Avenue to Birchmount Road to proceed from now until 2013.


Spadina subway extension

Expect work to start later this year. (The TTC has not publicly explained where this first work will take place.)

The TTC will use borers to dig the tunnels, although some “cut-and-cover” work — meaning that the contractors dig trenches, then cover the trenches while work continues underground — may also occur, especially near the future stations.

Cut-and-cover” construction may disrupt service transit vehicles.

Other Toronto transit projects in 2010

Expect work on these transit projects to affect transit services this year:

  • building an inter-regional terminal at Kipling Station, likely to affect GO Transit, Mississauga Transit and TTC services;
  • modernizing Victoria Park Station and rebuilding the bus terminal;
  • modernizing Dufferin and Pape Stations;
  • upgrading the platform at Union (subway) Station;
  • install “state-of-the-art” signaling systems along the 1 Yonge - University - Spadina subway;
  • renewing subway tracks;
  • upgrading streetcar “supporting infrastructure” (tracks) and overhead power supply;
  • continuing “Easier Access Phase III” project to improve accessibility at 10 subway and rapid transit stations by the end of March;
  • repairing, paving, upgrading various roadways, bridges and structures around terminals and stations; and
  • rehabilitating the subway tunnel liners.

Other City of Toronto projects

Expect construction along these local roads to affect Brampton Transit, GO Transit, Mississauga Transit, TTC and York Region Transit services this year:

  • Attwell Drive;
  • Bannatyne Drive;
  • Berwick Avenue — rebuilding of roadway between Duplex Avenue and Yonge Street (south entrance from Eglinton Station terminal);
  • Bethridge Road;
  • Bloor Street West and Islington Avenue bridges (we’re not sure whether that means the bridges that are part of the structure at Islington Station, or the railway bridges that carry the Canadian Pacific Railway’s Galt Subdivision tracks — GO’s Milton trains use these tracks — over both Islington Avenue and Bloor Street West.);
  • Eglinton Avenue East between the Don Valley Parkway and Rumsey Road;
  • Eglinton Avenue West between Avenue Road and Duplex Avenue (started in 2009);
  • Don Mills Road between Graydon Hall Place and the Canadian Pacific Railway’s Belleville Subdivison tracks (south of Barber Green Road / Green Belt Drive);
  • Dufferin Street - eliminate jog at Queen Street West (started in 2008);
  • Finch Avenue East between Don Mills Road and Maxome Drive (west of Bayview Avenue);
  • Finch Avenue West between Wilmington Avenue and English Gardenway / Madeleine Road (west of Yonge Street);
  • Frederick G. Gardiner Expressway bridges over Strachan Avenue and Bathurst Street;
  • Lawrence Avenues East and West between Ronan Avenue (east of Mount Pleasant Road) and Greer Road (east of Avenue Road);
  • Leslie Street between Towercrest Drive (south of York Mills Road) to Overland Drive (south of Lawrence Avenue East);
  • Mount Pleasant Road bridge over Rosedale Valley Road;
  • Parliament Street between Gerrard and King Streets East streetcar track rehabilitation(February 22 until June, 2010);
  • Roncesvalles Avenue streetscape improvements (and redesign of streetcar stops) (started in 2009);
  • Steeles Avenue East between McCowan and Brimley Roads and between Red Lea Avenue (east of Kennedy Road) and Yonge Street;
  • Steeles Avenue West between Albion Road and Dufferin Street and between Hilda Avenue and Yonge Street;
  • Victoria Park Avenue between just north of Ellesmere Road / Parkwoods Village Drive and just north of Eglinton Avenue East;
  • Waterbury Drive; and
  • Yonge Street between Otonabee Avenue (south of Steeles Avenue) and Park Home Avenue / Empress Avenue (at North York Centre Station).

Thorold



Region of Niagara project in Thorold

Expect construction along this regional road in Thorold to affect St. Catharines Transit Commission services this year:

  • Collier Road between St. David’s Road and Highway 406.

City of Thorold projects

The City has not yet finalized its 2010 budget, but has received Infrastructure Stimulus Funds to replace watermains along Ormond Street, likely affecting St. Catharines Transit Commission services.


Vaughan



Region of York projects in Vaughan

Expect construction along these regional roads in Vaughan to affect GO Transit and York Region Transit services this year:

  • Highway 50 between Rutherford Road and Highway 7; and
  • Jane Street between Rutherford Road and Langstaff Road West.

City of Vaughan projects

Expect construction along these local streets to disrupt York Region Transit services this year:

  • Courtland Avenue;
  • Creditstone Road;
  • Edgeley Boulevard;
  • Kipling Avenue;
  • Major Mackenzie Drive West (Maple streetscape);
  • Martin Grove Road;
  • Melville Avenue;
  • McNaughton Road;
  • Millway Avenue; and
  • Thornhill Woods Drive.

The City will also improve these intersections in 2010:

  • Chancellor Drive and Weston Road;
  • Edgeley Boulevard and Highway 7; and
  • Viceroy Road and Dufferin Street.

City of Toronto projects in Vaughan

Expect construction along this City of Toronto road in Vaughan to affect TTC and York Region Transit services this year:

  • Steeles Avenue West between Albion Road and Dufferin Street and between Hilda Avenue and Yonge Street.

Waterloo (city)



Region of Waterloo projects in Waterloo (city)

Expect construction along these regional roads in Waterloo to affect Grand River Transit services this year:

  • Erb Street West between Fischer - Hallman and Westmount Roads;
  • King Street North between the Conestoga Parkway and Weber Street North;
  • Northfield Drive between King and Bridge Streets North;
  • University Avenue East between Weber Street North and Lincoln Road;
  • Westmount Road North between University Avenue West and Erb Street West;
City of Waterloo projects

Expect construction along these local streets to affect Grand River Transit services in 2010:

  • Columbia Street West between Westmount Road North and the Canadian National Railways tracks;
  • Davenport Road between Northfield Drive East and Lexington Road.

Whitby



Region of Durham project in Whitby

Expect construction for this regional project to disrupt transit services in 2010:

  • Henry Street between Dundas Street West and Highway 401.
Town of Whitby projects

The Town hasn’t yet finalized its 2010 budget yet.


Whitchurch Stouffville



Region of York project in Whitchurch Stouffville

Expect construction on this regional road to disrupt GO Transit and York Region Transit services this year:

  • Ninth Line south of Main Street Stouffville.

Town of Whitchurch Stouffville project

Expect construction on this local street to disrupt GO Transit and York Region Transit services this year:

  • Main Street Stouffville (started in 2009).