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Removal of medians begins

What type of work is being done?

Raised medians in the centre of the roadway will be removed along Highway 7, between Bayview Avenue and Highway 404, starting next week and into May. Once removed, the area will be paved over.

Why is it being done?

  • To accommodate the widening of Highway 7 for the vivaNext rapidways
  • So traffic lanes can be shifted and construction can begin

What does the work entail?

Raised centre medians will be removed one block at a time and paved over to level the roadway

What impact will there be?

  • Moderate delays due to merging traffic
  • There will be one lane closed for both eastbound and westbound motorists during off-peak hours
  • The short-term lane closures will last from 3 to 5 days per block

Will the construction affect existing bus routes?

Normal transit service will continue along Highway 7

How will the work zone be separated from traffic?

  • There will be construction and road signs to indicate the work area
  • Watch for barricades and equipment located at the centre median

For more information about the vivaNext plan and to receive project updates, please visit, or contact Nimisha Raja, your Community Liaison.

Median Removal on Highway 7 East - Centre medians will be removed and paved; One lane closed on each side of median.

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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.