Rapidway construction moves to south side of Keith Bridge,
starting November 19



Metrolinx and York Region contractors continue the project to build a rapidway — bus-only lanes in the centre of the roadway — along Davis Drive in Newmarket.


Even if you live in Newmarket, you may not know exactly where the Keith Bridge is. It’s on Davis Drive, just east of the Tannery and the Seniors’ Meeting Place. Pedestrians probably notice when they walk over it, but drivers would barely notice that they’re driving over a bridge. It spans the Holland River and its name commemorates William Keith [1869-1949], a Newmarket reeve, member of the provincial parliament and a senior magistrate in the early 1900s.

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In 2011, Metrolinx and York Region built a new section of bridge on the south side of Davis Drive, and now they’re about to start rebuilding the north side of the bridge. To let them work on the north side, they need to shift traffic to drive on the new south section of bridge.

As eastbound traffic approaches the bridge near the railway tracks, the lanes will start to shift. Just west of Bayview Parkway, the work will restrict westbound traffic to just one lane on the south side of the bridge.

This work continues for about a year and involves all relocating utilities and bus stops, installing temporary traffic signals, paving lanes and a temporary sidewalk on the new bridge section. Work at the bridge has blocked part of the Tom Taylor Trail for more than a year and and the detour will continue for most of the construction. The trail will now only cross Davis Drive at the western crosswalk.

Overnight from 7 p.m. tonight, Monday, November 19 until 6 a.m. tomorrow, Tuesday, November 20, crews will get ready for the new traffic lane design by painting new lines on the roadway.

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Over the next year, the work blocks the sidewalk on the north side of Davis Drive between Superior and Prospect Streets and the eastern crosswalk at the Tannery / Seniors’ Meeting Place. It also closes the front parking lot at the Seniors’ Meeting Place. Parking is available at the rear.

York Region Transit has already relocated its bus stops in front of the Newmarket Chamber of Commerce and the Tannery slightly to the west. However, GO Transit passengers riding buses operating along the 65 Newmarket / Toronto route and YRT passengers riding buses operating along the 50 Queensway, 54 Bayview, 55 / 55B Davis Drive, 58A Leslie via Mount Albert and 520 / 521 Newmarket community bus routes should also expect delays.