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Archaeological assessment about to begin

Starting the week of May 17th, archaeologists will be working along Davis Drive to carry out some archaeological assessments.

Why Are We Doing This?

We will be doing this work to meet the requirements of the 2007 North Yonge Street Corridor Public Transit Improvements Environmental Assessment, which identified 32 areas of potential archaeological interest along Davis Drive. This work is being done to ensure that any important historical artifacts are identified before the roadway is widened for the rapidway.

What Will This Involve?

The assessments are very simple, the holes are dug by hand and soil sifted for artifacts. A one foot by one foot hole, approximately one to two feet deep, will be dug approximately every 18 feet along the properties. The holes are then filled in before moving to the next location.

We will not be assessing entire properties. Work will only be done along the existing roadway on the land acquired by the Region for the road widening.

Archaeologists will do their best to ensure any inconvenience to you is minimized. Most properties will only require a day to assess, although some may take longer depending on how wide the property is.

Work will begin on May 17, and will take about 4 weeks to complete.

What Do We Expect to Find?

Although Davis Drive was an historic 19th century roadway, repeated development along the roadway suggests that it is unlikely that there will be any significant new findings. Findings would possibly include pottery, nails, utensils or other simple artifacts.

be ready

Get ready, because rapid transit is about to arrive on Davis Drive. We couldn’t be more excited to offer the best transit experience in the region to the people who have supported rapidway development from the beginning of the project.

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Until we launch, we’re taking advantage of every sunny day in Newmarket to advance the work on the corridor. With much of the construction complete, we’re now focused on testing and adding the final touches. You may have already seen buses in the rapidway for driver training.

We want to be sure the Davis Drive Viva experience is fast and reliable, so to make sure we are ready, every detail of the rapidway is inspected through a visual walk-down before launch. A list of everything that needs to be addressed is created and prioritized. These items will be scheduled to be fixed either prior to the system opening or post opening. So don’t be surprised if you see us planting a shrub or two in the new year.

VivaNext is proud to provide a reliable, efficient rapid transit system and beautiful streetscape for everyone in Newmarket. With every new section of rapidway delivered, we are building a better system that we can all be proud of.