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Carol Coffey is visually impaired and requires the use of a cane to walk. As a 79-year-old cancer survivor, the Mount Albert resident has regular medical appointments at offices located along Davis Drive, between Southlake Regional Health Centre and The Tannery Mall — right in the heart of the ongoing $260-million road reconstruction project.
Gridlock and traffic congestion are always a concern to our community — residents and businesses, alike. I’d like to bring you up to speed on transit projects in Richmond Hill that are certain to help. In June, Metrolinx announced it will move forward with the Yonge North Subway Extension project. Metrolinx’s Yonge Relief Network Study recommended the project be advanced to 15 per cent preliminary design and engineering.
The Viva Rapidway is coming along as we can see from the flurry of activity on Davis Drive. As the transformation starts to unfold, it comes with some challenges such as traffic, construction and businesses that are feeling the pinch.
After something of a false start in April, a new $135-million York Region Transit/Viva transit facility has officially opened in Richmond Hill.
Using data from Toronto, researchers find having 10 more trees on your block has health benefits akin to $10,000 raise or being seven years younger.
It might not be pretty, but the VivaNext bus rapidway construction occurring on Hwy. 7 through Markham, Vaughan and Richmond Hill and along Davis Drive in Newmarket is a case of short-term pain for long-term gain.
Calling transportation the number one challenge facing York Region, council established a task force in May to tackle the issue. Meanwhile, with gridlock costing the economy of the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area $11 billion a year, the provincial and federal governments are pouring historic levels of funding into transportation infrastructure.
Metrolinx has recommended moving ahead with plans to build the Yonge Street subway north to Richmond Hill, a step heralded by councillors from York’s southern municipalities. “This is an important moment for both this project and transit development in the GTA,” said Vaughan Councillor Alan Shefman.
Vaughan's long-awaited hospital project is finally coming to fruition. The city announced last week that it has struck a deal that will allow Infrastructure Ontario to begin to receive proposals for construction of the new hospital in the next few weeks.
In a move that could create hundreds of skilled-trade apprenticeships and construction jobs in priority neighbourhoods, Queen’s Park is poised to enact legislation this week that will require contractors to hire apprentices and develop local recruitment programs if they want to bid on large infrastructure contracts, such as transit projects.