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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 vivanext.com/highway7_markham, or contact Nimisha Raja, your Community Liaison.

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project status .

expected completion
Jan. 2015

100%
completed

Highway 7 East / Markham and Richmond Hill

The second phase of York Region’s rapid transit future [rapidways] is now a reality, and we couldn’t be prouder!

With our first complete Bus Rapid Transit segment now open for service along Highway 7 East [from Bayview Avenue to Warden Avenue], our region is moving ahead as planned with our commitment to making it easier for everyone to get around.

You know it looks great, but even better, taking transit across York Region is now easier, faster and more reliable. It’s no wonder ridership is already up 10% and customers’ average commute time is 35% shorter than their previous commute.

And this is just the beginning! Imagine a future where it’s easy to get all around York Region on transit, with convenient, reliable Viva rapid transit service – moving you quickly and comfortably while avoiding traffic congestion. That future is already on the way, with vivaNext projects currently under construction along Highway 7 West, north along Yonge Street and across Davis Drive in Newmarket.

The transit network across the GTHA is getting better and stronger, too. Connections to the TTC’s Spadina Subway at the VMC will be ready for customers in 2017. Links to the GO Transit system are also being expanded through Regional Express Rail projects, and convenient commuter parking lots are in the works.

videos

Watch some videos of the Highway 7 East rapidway project.

photos

See some photos of the Highway 7 East rapidway project.

awards

See the awards vivaNext projects have won, including the Highway 7 East rapidway.

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