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Preparation for construction continues

Starting March 21, crews will be removing and relocating trees in designated work areas along Highway 7 between Bayview and Highway 404. Trees are being removed in preparation for the widening of Highway 7 as the vivaNext rapidway project reshapes this key corridor. Once completed, attractive landscaping will include 85% more trees than were removed!

How many trees are being transplanted and removed?

  • Approximately 100 trees have been identified for removal before April 1, 2011
  • Approximately 250 trees will be removed between Highway 404 and Warden
    at a later date
  • Over 50 trees will be relocated

When are the trees being removed?

Trees are being removed and relocated between March 21 and March 31.

What are the trees being replaced with?

Once this project is completed, this segment of Highway 7 will have attractive, pedestrian-friendly sidewalks, with extensive landscaping that includes many types of deciduous trees, shrubs, groundcovers, ornamental grasses and perennial flowers.

How will trees not being removed or relocated be protected?

Barricades will be placed around trees that are near construction activity.

Will there be other impacts in the area?

There will be occasional lane closures during off-peak hours to allow for the tree transplanting and removals. In all work areas, a flag person will be on site to direct traffic and pedestrians when required.

For more information visit, 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.