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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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Where east meets west.

Markham and Richmond Hill are becoming key destinations within York Region. The Highway 7 East rapidways that travel through both of these municipalities will connect to the Richmond Hill Centre, a new mixed-use urban centre featuring businesses, homes, shops, restaurants, a 10-acre park, a theatre – and you. This is where the planned Yonge North Subway extension will begin (or end). Pick your ride – any ride. From Richmond Hill Centre you’ll find connections to viva, GO, YRT and TTC.

Work started in the Highway 7 right-of-way in April 2011. The first stretch of Viva rapid transit service launched in August 2013 in the centre median, or rapidway, along Highway 7 from Bayview Avenue to Highway 404. In August 2014, the second stretch opened from Highway 404 to South Town Centre Boulevard, and the last piece to Warden Avenue will open by the end of 2014. Future plans to build east to Reesor Road are dependent on additional funding commitments.

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