The contractors are getting ready for the next phase of rapidway construction — building vivastations with station platforms, canopies and, eventually, rapid bus lanes in the centre of the road between Jane Street and the CN Bridge. To complete this work in the median, they’re shifting east- and westbound lanes to their final location. They’re also changing how motorists use intersections and traffic lanes along Highway 7 West.
On Highway 7 at the intersections with Jane Street, Creditstone Road and Keele Street, motorists will now find a dedicated left-turn signal. You can only turn left when the signal displays a left-turns. You can’t turn left as through-traffic proceeds.
To access mid-block entrances on the other side of the road, motorists can make U-turns at intersections with signals, when the left-turn arrow is illuminated. Watch for “U-turn permitted” signs.
Instead of just right-turning traffic using the curb lanes, both through and right-turning traffic can now use these lanes.
Pedestrians may now cross Highway 7 in two stages, if you can’t get to the other side during the first signal. Crews are installing new signals with a countdown to help guide you safely across the roadway. The countdown will let you know how many seconds you have left to safely cross the street.
You’ll also find a waiting area in the middle of the crosswalk, where you can push the “walk” button and wait for the next light before crossing the second half of the street, if you need more time to cross.
During Highway 7 West rapidway construction, expect delays for:
- Brampton Transit Züm express buses operating along the 501 Züm Queen route;
- TTC buses operating along the 35D Jane and 107 Keele North routes; and
- York Region Transit Viva express buses operating along the Viva orange route and YRT local buses operating along the 20 Jane and 77 Highway 7 routes.