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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.

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rebuilding Davis from the ground up
Davis Drive is approaching its final year of construction and we thank you for bearing with us as we work hard to transform Davis Drive.

construction is challenging
Completely rebuilding Davis is a challenging and complex project that required replacing and relocating outdated utilities and infrastructure under and above ground, before road widening could begin.

what’s to come
Substantial work above ground is underway. Here’s a snapshot of how work is progressing.

 

  • Construction of the vivastation at Parkside/Longford and Davis is underway.
    The steel structure and glass canopy shelter will arrive later this fall.
  • Construction of two more vivastations at Main and Southlake Hospital
    will also begin later this year.
  • The reconstruction of the Keith Bridge will be completed this fall.

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In addition to having a centre-lane bus rapidway, Davis will have wider sidewalks, green open spaces and dedicated left-turn lanes at each intersection that will improve overall traffic flow. All these changes will make Davis an even greater destination to live, work, shop and play.

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