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Important changes to traffic patterns and intersections

Our vivaNext Highway 7 project is well underway and we’re moving into the next phase of construction that includes building the rapidway, station platforms and canopies between Bayview Avenue and Warden Avenue. To complete this work in the median, eastbound and westbound lanes are shifting to their final location. As a result, this requires important changes to how pedestrians and motorists use intersections.

The first three intersections to change are:

West Beaver Creek Road, Leslie Street and East Beaver Creek Road

NEW Dedicated left-turn signal

  • Intersections will now have a dedicated left-turn traffic signal
  • Drivers can only turn left when the left-turn arrow is illuminated
  • Left turns are not permitted when through traffic proceed

NEW U-turns

  • To access mid-block entrances on the other side of the road, motorists can make U-turns at signalled intersections when the left-turn signal is illuminated. Watch for signs that state “U-turn permitted.”

Changes to right-turn lanes

  • Dedicated right-turn lanes will now become a right and through lane

NEW Two-stage pedestrian crossing

  • Intersections are more complex with the widening of the roadway and new signals. As a result, pedestrians will now cross Highway 7 in two timed stages
  • A countdown signal will indicate how many seconds pedestrians have left to safely cross the street
  • There will be a pedestrian waiting area in the middle of the crosswalk where pedestrians can stop, push the “walk” button, and wait for the next walk signal to safely cross the second half of the street

Pedestrians should always obey signals:

  • It is only safe to start crossing the intersection when the “walk” signal is displayed
  • Always push the “walk” button — if you don’t, signals will remain timed for vehicles, and not pedestrians

Please Note: As with all construction projects, work may be rescheduled due to weather. We’ll provide advance notice whenever possible.

For more information about the vivaNext plan and to receive project updates, please see the Highway 7 East rapidway project page, drop by our project information office [after January 2] at Highway 7 and South Park Road, or contact Nimisha Raja, your Community Liaison.

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In Markham, the future of transit has arrived with the opening of the last piece of the Highway 7 East rapidway along South Town Centre Boulevard, Cedarland Drive and Warden Avenue.

A new vivastation is open on Cedarland Drive, walking distance to shopping, major employers and future condo developments. This final section of rapidway allows YRT\Viva customers to experience truly rapid transit, from Bayview Avenue in Richmond Hill to the Downtown Markham development area. On the rapidway already in service on Highway 7, riders are already seeing up to 35% travel time savings. All this goes a long way to improving transit in York Region and providing a faster and more convenient commute. And all of you are a big part of that. Thank you!

When weather permits in the summer of 2015, the “BUS ONLY” lanes will have a red top-coat of pavement applied and trees and shrubs will be planted. These finishing touches will set the stage for attractive, pedestrian-friendly urban spaces for generations to come.

Wondering what this is all about or what a rapidway is? Click here to find out.

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