The Regional Municipality of York opens third phase of Markham Bypass
New arterial roadway to ease traffic congestion along eastern portion of Town of Markham
NEWMARKET – The Regional Municipality of York today opened the third phase of the Markham Bypass, a $10.8-million roadway that will provide significant road capacity to accommodate increased traffic around the developed area of eastern Markham.
“Over the past several years, York Region has made a substantial investment in building road capacity to help alleviate road congestion in the Town of Markham,” said York Regional Chair and CEO Bill Fisch. “Today’s official opening of the third phase of the Markham Bypass demonstrates York Regional Council’s firm commitment to keeping people and goods moving throughout our Region.”
The Markham Bypass project is a multi-year undertaking, consisting of four separate phases (please see attached map for three completed phases):
• Phase I, completed in 2003 at a cost of $19.3 million, provides a link from Major Mackenzie Drive southerly to 16th Avenue
• Phase II, completed in 2004 at a cost of $5.5 million, provides a link from Highway 407 to Highway 7
• Phase III, now opening, cost $10.8 million and provides a new link from Highway 7 to 16th Avenue
• Phase IV, which is currently slated for construction in 2010, will complete the Markham Bypass from Major Mackenzie Drive north to Highway 48
“Establishing new road infrastructure is critical to meet the growing transportation needs of the Town of Markham,” said Town of Markham Deputy Mayor Frank Scarpitti. “I am very pleased to see this new roadway opened and providing much needed road capacity for our residents.”
“As a long-time advocate of diverting heavy-truck traffic off of our residential streets, I am delighted to see this new arterial roadway opened,” said Town of Markham Regional Councillor Jack Heath. “I look forward to the completion of the next phase of the Markham Bypass in the next few years to complete the full circuit from Highway 48 to Highway 407.”
In honour and recognition of retiring Town of Markham Mayor Donald Cousens following 12 years of service on York Regional Council and 25 years of public service to the community, the Region will be renaming the Markham Bypass the Don Cousens Parkway.
The Markham Bypass project is one of several road construction projects that the Region has undertaken as part of its $5.5 billion 10-Year Roads Capital Plan.
In addition to transportation demand management, transit and rapid transit service, road extension and widening are two key elements of York Region’s Transportation Master Plan, designed to combat traffic congestion.
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