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hydro pole installation begins on Bathurst Street

February 13, 2017

To accommodate road widening along Bathurst Street, new hydro poles will be installed further back from the road. This week, crews will continue to prepare for hydro pole installation along the west side of Bathurst between Worth Boulevard and Centre Street. Please see below for further details.


work dates*: Starting Monday, Feb. 13 for several months
work hours*: 9am–4pm

what you need to know

  • For the next week and a half, crews will be excavating and installing the foundations for the new hydro poles along the west side of Bathurst between Worth Blvd. and Centre St.
  • While the majority of work will be taking place within the boulevard area off the road, there may be occasional rolling curb lane closures around the work area.
  • Crews will be moving back and forth along the corridor to complete this work.
  • Bus stops and sidewalks will remain open where possible. If a bus stop or sidewalk is closed, directional signs will guide pedestrians to the nearest open bus stop or sidewalk.
  • Due to the nature of this work, there will be construction-related noise and dust from equipment and trucks.
  • Installation of the new hydro poles will continue over the next few months. We will communicate more details very soon!

stages of hydro pole installation:

  • First, concrete foundations are installed for each new pole location.
  • Then, new poles are delivered and installation continues over a few months.
  • Each pole is about 26 metres long and weighs approximately 8 tonnes.
  • raffic has to be stopped for a short period of time in all directions while each pole is hoisted high in the air over the existing power lines by a large crane. It is then carefully lowered onto concrete foundations. Check out this video [of the vivaNext project on Yonge Street in Newmarket] for a look at how it’s done.
  • Finally, service will be transferred to the new poles. The old poles will be removed and the holes will be backfilled.

*Please note: As with other road construction projects, some work may be rescheduled due to weather or other variables. We are committed to providing advance notice whenever possible.

Thank you for your patience as we transform the Bathurst & Centre area. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Laura Black
Community Liaison Specialist
cell: 905.716.7663

Highway 7 West—VMC » frequently asked questions


The opening of the Highway 7 West rapidway and Vaughan Metropolitan Centre vivastation will be happening in three stages. The purpose of this document is to help you better understand all the steps needed for completion and when the various milestones are expected to happen. Thank you for your patience as we work towards completing this project!

When will the rapidway on Highway 7 West be finished?

Stages of service: The opening of the Highway 7 West rapidway will be happening in three stages:


  1. The area from Jane Street to Bowes Road was completed in December 2016, and buses will be running in this part of the rapidway soon.
  2. The Toronto-York Spadina Subway Extension and the new bus terminal will be completed in December 2017.
  3. The area from Edgeley Boulevard to Jane Street includes the Vaughan Metropolitan Centre [VMC] vivastation, and is scheduled for completion in Spring 2018, soon after the opening of the new subway.

When will buses run in the centre lanes?

  • Rapidway service will begin in stages. Viva routes that currently run on and around the Highway 7 West/Vaughan Metropolitan Centre area won’t be changing right away. Why? Because the opening of the Toronto-York Spadina Subway Extension [TYSSE] will replace parts of several routes.
  • Meanwhile, to optimize service and take advantage of the brand new rapidway, here are the preliminary route changes:
  • Viva Purple eastbound: Viva Purple travelling northbound on Keele Street will enter the Highway 7 rapidway and will stop at the eastbound Keele vivastation. It will ride in the rapidway eastbound, moving to curbside west of Baldwin
  • Viva Purple westbound: Riding westbound on Highway 7 from Centre Sreet, Viva Purple will enter the rapidway west of Bowes Road and travel as far as Keele Street,
    then turn south on Keele.
  • YRT 77 eastbound: YRT 77 will enter the rapidway east of Maplecrete Road. It will ride in the rapidway eastbound, moving to curbside west of Baldwin Avenue.
  • YRT 77 westbound: YRT 77 will enter the rapidway west of Bowes Road and exit at the Maplecrete Road intersection.