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Keith Bridge construction continues

In February crews began work installing cofferdams at the Keith Bridge. This work is now complete and we are moving into the next phase of work which is driving piles for the bridge foundation.

What is pile driving and why is it necessary?

Pile driving is a common method of constructing bridge foundations. To help support the bridge, a steel beam is driven into soil beneath the bridge foundation until it reaches a hard layer.

How are piles driven?

The piles are driven into the soil by a large hammer, mounted on a crane.

How long will this work take?

  • Piling bridge foundations will take approximately 4-6 weeks.
  • Work will be done in stages, alternating from the southwest to the southeast side.

What can I expect to see and hear?

  • General construction will continue between 7am and 7pm, Monday to Friday.
  • Driving the piles for the foundation will cause some noise and vibration. This work is restricted to the hours of 8am to 4pm.
  • Noise and vibration monitoring will be conducted to ensure levels are kept within provincial standards.

Will there be other impacts to the area?

  • There may be short-term disruptions to traffic when equipment is being delivered. In these cases, there will be a flag person on site to direct drivers and pedestrians.
  • When work is closer to the bridge and sidewalk, the south side of Davis Drive will have temporary sidewalk closures and a detour to the north side.

If you have questions about Davis Drive rapidway project, please contact Andrea Witty, Community Liaison Specialist at or 1-877-464-9675, ext. 1022.

Piledriving construction equipment

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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.