VAUGHAN, ON, April 24, 2014 /CNW/ - As part of the York Viva Bus Rapid
Transit (vivaNext) rapidway project on Highway 7 West in the City of
Vaughan, construction has started on the south side of the Canadian
National Railway [CN] MacMillan Bridge, located west of Keele Street.
The bridge surface will be widened approximately 8-metres to
accommodate dedicated rapidway lanes, sidewalks and bicycle lanes, and
is expected to be complete in 2016.
The bridge provides vehicle access over the CN MacMillan Rail Yard, the
largest rail yard in Canada. Named after former CN president, Norman
John MacMillan, the yard measures approximately 6.5-kilometres in
length and 1.6-kilometres in width and was developed in the late 1950s
as part of CN's redesign of the Toronto trackage network. The yard
operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and handles over 1 million
railcars per year to service local businesses in the Vaughan area, as
well as the broader North American economy.
As part of the bridge widening, construction activities include:
removing the existing walls and sidewalks on the south side and
backfilling with 8,000 tonnes of earth; pouring 4,000 tonnes of
concrete to build walls, columns, sidewalks and bridge decks; embedding
300 tonnes of reinforcing steel and completing the surface finish with
new light standards and pedestrian hand rails.
During construction, rail yard operations along the 10 sets of tracks
will be maintained, and the contractor will work closely with CN to
coordinate activities around train schedules. The majority of the
construction activity will happen below and underneath the bridge.
Motorists will notice large equipment and construction vehicles such as
large cranes, transport trucks, drill rigs and concrete pump trucks
onsite for certain operations, including sub-surface drilling, pouring
concrete and the installation of large pre-cast concrete sections.
In order to maintain traffic flow along Highway 7 during construction,
the centre median was removed earlier this year and traffic was shifted
to the north side of the bridge. To further minimize disruptions, an
access road off of Highway 7 is also being constructed for equipment
and deliveries. Due to the nature of this work, there will be noise and
vibration around the work area. Noise and vibration monitoring will be
conducted to ensure levels are kept within industry standards.
The first phase of the Highway 7 West rapidway in the City of Vaughan
will extend 3.6 kilometres from Interchange Way/Edgeley Boulevard to
east of Bowes Road. The project features three new rapidway
vivastations, wider sidewalks, landscaped boulevards and transit
connections to the Toronto-York Spadina Subway Extension and the York
Region Transit Bus Terminal. As development and density continues in
downtown Vaughan, the Highway 7 West rapidway will help create new
destinations to live, work, shop and play.
As part of its currently funded projects, vivaNext is building
approximately 35 kilometres of bus rapidways with 38 stations, an 8.6
km subway extension with six stations, an operations facility, two bus
terminals and multiple park 'n ride facilities over the next five years
across York Region. Combined with more mixed-use development along the
Region's major corridors, these projects are supporting population and
economic growth, while creating more inviting and welcoming places for
generations to come.
The York Viva BRT project represents a $1.4 billion ($2009) transit
infrastructure investment from the Government of Ontario, and is an
example of The Big Move in action - Metrolinx's 25-year plan for an integrated and sustainable
transit and transportation system in the GTHA. The project is being
implemented by Metrolinx, an agency of the Province of Ontario. For
more information about Metrolinx, visit metrolinx.com.
York Region Rapid Transit Corporation (YRRTC) is responsible for the
planning, design and construction of the full vivaNext rapid transit
network and related infrastructure to deliver on the transit priorities
set out in the York Region Transportation Master Plan. YRRTC is a
wholly-owned subsidiary and share capital corporation of The Regional
Municipality of York. The vivaNext plan is a key component of the
vision outlined by Ontario's Places to Grow Act, which aims to manage growth in a sustainable and
environmentally-friendly way that enriches communities. For more
information, please visit vivanext.com.
SOURCE: Metrolinx vivaNext
For further information:
York Region Rapid Transit Corporation