Like most major construction projects, the project to build a rapidway and transform Davis Drive in Newmarket has two components: what you’ll see — a wider roadway, more attractive streetscapes, bus-only lanes and station-stops in the centre of the roadway — and what you won’t see — necessary upgrades to infrastructure like utilities, culverts and bridges.
Metrolinx and York Region contractors the project are about begin installing new segments of gas main along the street. This major investment in improving the infrastructure will go a long way to making sure that what the construction team builds on the street is on a solid foundation. The work happens in segments throughout the project, with the first segment starting Monday, March 18 and continuing for about six weeks, roughly until May 6.
Crews will begin work along Davis Drive, just west of Yonge Street on the south side, moving east to George Street from about 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. each day. They’ll be:
- digging trenches and drilling;
- laying and installing new gas pipes;
- connecting gas services to the new gas main; and then
- filling trenches and restoring the roadway and boulevard.
Expect continuous construction-related noise from equipment and trucks during the work. When necessary, contractors will close curb lanes and sidewalks around work areas.
YRT and GO may relocate bus stops as the gas line project continues eastward along the corridor. Signs will direct passengers to the nearest available bus stop.
A “paid-duty” York Regional Police officer will be on site to direct traffic and pedestrians.
Crews will maintain access to driveways in work areas. Steel plates will cover open trenches.
GO Transit passengers riding express buses operating along the 65 Newmarket / Toronto route and York Region Transit buses operating along the 50 Queensway, 55 / 55B Davis Drive and 58A Leslie via Mount Albert and 520 / 521 Newmarket community bus routes should expect delays.