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Davis Drive rapidway construction
continues January 12

Metrolinx and York Region contractors continue the project to build a rapidway — bus-only lanes in the centre of the roadway — along Davis Drive in Newmarket.

Crews will be working this weekend, Saturday, January 10 and Sunday, January 11 to prepare for shifting traffic as early as Monday, January 12 on Davis in front of Southlake Regional Health Centre and at Main Street.

Over the winter, they’ll continue working on the Southlake vivastation platforms, in the centre of the road between Lundy’s Lane / Prospect Street and Patterson Street / Roxborough Road. To accommodate this work, they’ll divide east- and westbound traffic lanes and shift them to the north and south. This changes how vehicles access Southlake Hospital, Bolton Avenue and the businesses across from the hospital at 625 - 665A Davis Drive. Crews will work in stages, changing access to businesses and the hospital as work progresses.

From Monday until April, the work blocks westbound access into the Southlake Emergency entrance off Davis Drive. Use the Prospect Street or Roxborough Road entrances to access the hospital. When exiting Southlake Hospital onto Davis Drive, motorists can only turn right [eastbound] onto Davis.

To allow motorists to safely access the Davis Drive hospital entrance and businesses in the area, crews have created access lanes in the centre of the road at Bolton Avenue and at 665A Davis Drive to allow vehicles to turn left. Motorists may enter the access lanes and when safe, turn onto Davis to head to their destination.

When exiting the businesses at 625 - 665A Davis, motorists can only turn right [westbound] onto Davis. This will be a permanent situation.

Davis Drive - Southlake access - starting Jan-12 -15.png

Once contractor crews have finished shifting the traffic lanes, GO Transit and York Region Transit will reinstate the bus stop under the pedestrian bridge near Lundy’s Lane for westbound buses.

Next week, crews will also shift traffic on Davis at the intersection with Main Street, to prepare for upcoming work to build the eastbound vivastation. This shift permanently changes how pedestrians and motorists use the intersection and access Superior Street and Davis Drive businesses.

You can no longer turn left from Davis Drive into the east driveway to 390 Davis, 14-18 Main Street [Wimpy’s /Mac’s Convenience], 446 Davis [Big Daddy’s / Catch the Fire Revival Church] and 435 Davis [Carpet One]. Motorists can only make right turns into and out of the driveways from Davis. You can, however U-turn on Davis.

The video explains the process for making U-turns.

The contractors will temporarily install an access-lane in front of 455 Davis [Livio’s Car Sales] for turning left into the business. When construction is complete, the final access into 455 Davis will be “right-in and right-out” only.

Motorists can only turn right into and out of Superior Street from Davis. This is a permanent situation.

Davis Drive - Main and Superior Street access - staring Jan-12 - 15.png

Pedestrians may cross Davis at Main Street in two stages, if they can’t get to the other side during the first signal. To accommodate the traffic shift, the YRT and GO relocated westbound bus stop #2592 near the Tannery to in front of 455 Davis [Livio’s Car Sales]. The bus stop remains in this location until further notice.

During Davis Drive rapidway construction, expect delays for:

  • GO Transit express buses operating along the 65 Newmarket / Toronto route; and
  • York Region Transit passengers riding local buses operating along the 44 Bristol, 50 Queensway, 54 Bayview, 55 / 55B Davis Drive, 58 Mount Albert, 223 Newmarket GO shuttle and 520 / 521 Newmarket community bus routes.

Source: vivaNext.