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Getting ready for Highway 7 West rapidway construction,
January 28 to February 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 surveying and carrying out geotechnical tests near the future construction zone. They’ll start work locating the underground utilities, which they may have to move during the upcoming construction.

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Artist’s concept: Future Highway 7 rapidway station at Vaughan Metropolitan Centre.

Starting today, Monday, January 28, from 9:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. each day, they’ll be using standard equipment to survey at various sites along Highway 7 between the bridge over the Canadian National Railway tracks and Edgeley Boulevard / Interchange Way. This work continues until February 4, but does not affect traffic lanes or sidewalks.

Starting Wednesday, January 30, from 9:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. each day, other crews will 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 11.

From January 30 until February 1 and from 9:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. each day, yet another crew conduct soil samples at various locations eastbound along Highway 7 between Creditstone Road and just west of the CN Rail Bridge.

They’ll use standard potholing equipment and fill each hole before moving to the next location.

They’ll temporarily close the eastbound curb lane between Creditstone and the west side of the rail bridge Wednesday, January 30 and Thursday, January 31. They’ll temporarily close the westbound curb lane between Bowes Road and the bridge Friday, February 1.

Thursday, January 31, Friday, February 3 and 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.

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