Highway 7 West rapidway construction:
Relocating hydro wires, starting October 15



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.

To accommodate upcoming work to widen Highway 7 West, hydro crews will soon relocate hydro poles farther back from the roadway. Starting today, Tuesday, October 15, they’ll be installing new wooden poles along the highway, from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. each day.

They’ll work along the boulevards on both the north and south sides of Highway 7 West between Jane Street and the bridge carrying traffic over the Canadian National Railway tracks. Generally, they’ll work eastward along the corridor; however, they may, at times, need to move back and forth throughout the corridor to complete work.

First, they’ll dig pits and install new wooden poles. Then, they’ll transfer hydro service from the old poles to new poles, temporarily blocking curb lanes along Highway 7.

Wherever possible, they’ll keep sidewalks open. If they block a sidewalk is closed, directional signs will guide pedestrians around the work zone. They’ll also maintain access to driveways in work areas.

York Region Transit may temporarily relocate bus stops as the hydro crews move down the corridor. When work affects bus stops, directional signs will guide passengers to the nearest available bus stop. If necessary, “paid-duty” York Regional Police officers will be on site.

Expect noise and some weekend work.

YRT passengers riding buses operating along the 77 Highway 7 route should expect delays.

Work continues until March.