Getting ready for Highway 7 West rapidway construction,
February 4 to 11

Metrolinx and York Region contractors continue to prepare to start building a rapidway — bus-only lanes in the centre of the roadway — along Highway 7 West from west of Jane Street to east of Keele Street.

This week, crews are carrying out geotechnical tests near the future construction zone. They’ll also be locating the underground utilities, which they may have to move during the upcoming construction.

Starting Monday, February 4, from 9:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. each day, crews continue geotechnical testing along Highway 7 near Keele Street.

They’ll start at Bowes Road, east of Keele Street and continue to the CN railway bridge, using a core-drilling truck to cut a hole in the asphalt along the boulevard. This allows a truck-mounted hydrovac to locate utilities. The crews will fill each hole before they move to the next site. Motorists can expect temporary, rolling lane closures of curb lanes, while residents and workers in nearby residents can expect noise.

The work continues until Feburary 8.

Starting Monday, February 4, from 9:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. each day, crews will block lanes between Edgeley Boulevard / Interchange Way and Bowes Road. They’ll use drilling equipment to locate storm sewers, temporarily blocking one curb lane in each direction as they work. The work continues until February 8.

York Region Transit passengers riding buses operating along the 77 Highway 7 / Centre route should expect delays.