Metrolinx and York Region contractors continue to prepare for 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.
An important step in building the Highway 7 West rapidway is relocating telecommunications cables and wiring. Crews start moving underground telecommunications services between Jane Street and the Canadian National Railway Bridge west of Keele Street, starting Monday, August 26. This work occurs in segments along the corridor.
Work on the first segment continues for about 13 weeks or until about Friday, November 15 from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. each day. Crews will be working on the boulevards along the north and south sides of Highway 7, digging an open trench that to encase the duct bank — underground telecommunication wires.
During this work, crews will:
- temporarily block east- and westbound curb lanes;
- keep sidewalks open for the most part. (However, if they need to block the sidewalks, they’ll post signs to direct pedestrians to the nearest open sidewalk.);
- maintain access to driveways in the work areas;
relocate some York Region Transit bus stops. (However, they’ll post signs directing passengers to the nearest available bus stop.)
Traffic control staff and “paid-duty” York Regional Police officers will be on site, when necessary. Some construction-related noise from equipment and trucks may occur and crews may have to occasionally work weekends.
Passengers riding YRT buses operating along the 77 Highway 7 route should expect delays.