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Davis Drive rapidway construction continues at Keith Bridge, starting October 25

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.

Keith bridge construction.pngAs part of the project, contractors built a new south side of the Keith Bridge across the Holland River and now they’re focusing on rebuilding the north side. They’ll shift traffic lanes on Davis Drive from just west of Bayview Parkway to just east of the railway tracks to the new south side of the bridge. They’ll also reduce traffic to just three lanes — two eastbound and one westbound.

They started getting ready to work on the north side last Thursday, October 25 and preparation work continues until November 19. Traffic will continue only on the south side of the bridge for about a year until October, 2013.

To prepare the new section of the Keith Bridge for vehicle traffic, crews are:

  • relocating water service and utilities in front of the Seniors’ Meeting Place and the Newmarket Chamber of Commerce;
  • removing parts of the south sidewalk, curb and boulevard;
  • installing temporary traffic signals; and
  • paving the new south sidewalk, section of the road and part of the bridge.

After November 19, they’ll shift the traffic lanes to the south side of the and open a temporary sidewalk on the south side. Then, they’ll demolish the north side of the bridge and rebuild it wider.

During construction:

  • the work will block curb lanes around work areas;
  • the front parking lot at the Seniors’ Meeting Place will be closed, with parking available at the rear;
  • the driveway to the Seniors’ Meeting Place and Newmarket Chamber of Commerce driveway will be narrower than usual at times during the next month.
  • at times, the work may close either the north or south sidewalk may be closed.

York Region Transit has relocated bus stops in front of the Newmarket Chamber of Commerce and the Tannery west of the railway tracks for about a year.

The detour for the Tom Taylor Trail remains in effect throughout most of the construction.

Passengers riding GO Transit buses operating along the 65 Newmarket / Toronto route and YRT 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 expect delays.