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from messy to marvelous – davis drive year in review

As another year comes to a close, we wanted to provide you with an update on the Davis Drive rapidway project, including the progress made this year and a look ahead to upcoming winter work.

check out the progress

  • Construction of the east and westbound platforms for the Longford/Parkside vivastation is well underway. The steel canopy structures have been installed and the glass panels will be put in place this winter
  • Construction of the vivastations at Main and Southlake Hospital have also started
  • Road widening and base-laying paving was done from Main Street to KFC [north side], Yonge Street to just west of Longford Drive [north side] and from just east of Parkside Drive to Niagara Street [south side]
  • The structure of the Keith Bridge has been completed
  • The Tom Taylor Trail has been reinstated back to its original location under the Keith Bridge
  • The Union Hotel moved to its final location

  • Traffic movements between Yonge and Roxborough are slowly changing to get ready for construction to start in the centre of the road. Once these permanent changes take place:
    • There will be a dedicated left-turn lane at every signalized intersection
    • To access mid-block entrances on the other side of the road, motorists can make U-turns at signaled intersections when the left-turn signal is shown. Watch for signs that state “U-turn permitted”
    • In the final configuration, at the intersections with vivastations on Davis [Yonge, Longford/Parkside, Main and Southlake Hospital], pedestrians may cross Davis in two stages if unable to get to the other side during the first signal
    • Yonge, George and Barbara were the first intersections to be shifted into the final permanent condition

what’s to come

Building on our successes, we will keep the progress moving even as the cold wind blows. This winter;

  • Crews will carry on with the installation of storm and sanitary sewer and underground ductbank [a structure which gathers together and encases telecommunication wires] in locations along Davis
  • Construction of the vivastations at Longford/Parkside, Main and Southlake will also continue
  • One sidewalk on the north or south side of Davis between Yonge and Roxborough will always remain open over the winter. Please watch for directional signs that will guide you to the nearest open sidewalk and remember to cross safely at signalized intersections

tis the season to support your Davis Drive retailers – Shop Davis!

Looking for last minute gift ideas? Let the retailers on Davis Drive help you check the last few items off your holiday shopping list! Support your Davis Drive businesses this holiday season. They thank you for your continued support during construction and look forward to seeing you.

holiday office hours at the vivaNext Project Information Centre

With the holidays around the corner, the office hours for the Davis Drive project information centre [130 Davis Drive, Unit 4] have changed. The office will be closed over the holidays, starting on Monday, December 22, 2014 and will re-open on Monday, January 5, 2014. Please visit the vivaNext website for more information.

thank you

It was definitely a busy construction year and as Davis approaches its final year of construction, we thank you for your patience so far and for bearing with us as we try to finish as quickly as possible. The rapidway is currently scheduled to open December 2015.

Happy Holidays from your Davis Drive Community Liaisons
Kristina and Michelle

Kristina Bergeron
Community Liaison Specialist
Telephone: 905.886.6767 Ext.71051
Cell: 905.505.1347

Michelle Dudzik
Community Liaison Specialist
Telephone: 905.886.6767 Ext. 71096
Cell: 905.716.7663

* Please note: As with other road construction projects, some work may be rescheduled due to weather. We’ll provide advance notice whenever possible.

stop, shop + dine.

Learn more about our Business Support Programs by contacting your Community Liaison:

Highway 7 East \ Markham and Richmond Hill

Linda Filippi

phone 905.886.6767 x71057
cell 905.505.0541

Highway 7 West \ Vaughan and Spadina Subway Extension

Carrie Slattery

phone 905.886.6767 x71129
cell 289.716.0091

Davis Drive \ Newmarket

Michelle Dudzik

phone 905.886.6767 x71096
cell 905.716.7663

Davis Drive \ Newmarket

Kristina Bergeron

phone 905.886.6767 x71051
cell 905.505.1347

Yonge Street \ Richmond Hill and Newmarket

Leslie Pawlowski

phone 905.886.6767 Ext 71357

cell 905.505.1430

Transit Facility \ Richmond Hill

Leslie Pawlowski

phone 905.886.6767 Ext 71357

cell 905.505.1430

stop, shop + dine.

Plan your holiday shopping with a list of Davis Drive businesses in the rapidway construction area – see our list of businesses.

Learn more about Davis Drive businesses by reading our business profiles.

Connect with the Newmarket Chamber of Commerce to participate in their Double Give-Back campaign [ending December 12].

Your Davis Drive businesses are here for you. stop, shop + dine!