Highway 27 Canadian Pacific Railway Bridge Replacement
Construction began: December 2019
Anticipated completion: summer 2022
The Regional Municipality of York is investing in building a safe, efficient and reliable Regional transportation network for all users. The Canadian Pacific Rail Bridge on Highway 27 south of Rutherford Road has reached the end of its service life and is in need of replacement. Additional road improvements are also required to accommodate future growth and provide more travel options for all travellers.
Bridge replacement work includes:
- Constructing a new railway bridge immediately south of the existing bridge
- Replacing the existing bridge, once the new railway bridge is open
Road improvements include:
- Building a four-lane roadway with a platform that can accommodate a future six-lane roadway
- Installing sidewalks on the east side of the road from Royal Parkway to Martin Grove Road, with new lighting
- Storm sewer improvements
Work over the next couple months includes:
- Sidewalk paving
- Retaining wall work
- Electrical work
There are other projects taking place in the area that are being led by the City of Vaughan or York Region. For more information visit the Vaughan Construction Projects page.
For everyone’s safety, please reduce your speed through the construction area. Please contact us if you notice any safety issues in and around the construction sites.
Travellers are encouraged to use traffic and navigation tools. York Region provides real-time traffic and road information in open data, used by many apps.
This work may be rescheduled due to weather conditions or delays related to COVID-19 Public Health guidelines. York Region will provide advance notice whenever possible.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the benefits of this project?
- Rehabilitated roads and new structures, ensuring a safer commute for all road users
- New sidewalks on the east side of the road from Royalpark Way to Martin Grove Road, with enhanced lighting will provide more travel options for all users
What are the bridge improvements?
- The current bridge has reached the end of its service life and is in need of replacement
- We are demolishing the current bridge and building a new bridge to replace the old infrastructure
- We are also constructing a detour bridge, to be used temporarily until the new bridge is constructed
- The detour bridge will be constructed first, then the current bridge will be demolished and the replacement bridge will be constructed
- The detour bridge will not be demolished after the new bridge is constructed. The railway authority will determine the use of the bridge(s) after construction is complete
Are there any road or lane closures associated with this project?
- In order to facilitate construction for this project, future weekend road closures will be required throughout the construction period. Local access will be maintained for properties within the closed section. York Region will provide advance notice whenever possible
- The future weekend road closures will be on Highway 27 between Rutherford Road and Martin Grove Road. Local traffic will be permitted to Royalpark Way.
- The hours of the closures will be between Friday at 9 p.m. to Monday at 5 a.m.
- Two traffic lanes for each direction will be maintained on Highway 27 at all times except as follows:
- Southbound lanes may reduce to one lane between 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Northbound lanes may reduce to one lane between 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
What are the times residents will see construction happening?
- Construction will be taking place between 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. during weekdays
- Construction will be taking place 24 hours a day during the future weekend road closures
Why doesn't construction happen at night?
- Night time driving provides limited visibility to a motorist and therefore, if construction were to take place at night, this would cause a potential safety hazard for a motorist
- Night time construction is unsafe for a contractor to work due to lack of visibility and utilizing heavy machinery
- The construction site is adjacent to resident areas and noise restrictions are in place during construction
- The only exception when construction will happen at night are during the weekend road closures as no through traffic will be permitted
What are some of the detour options?
- During the future weekend road closures, traffic control measures and a detour plan will be implemented to mitigate traffic around the project area
- Detour signage will be installed to divert traffic onto Regional roads, not local roads, when required
What is the length of service life for a railway bridge?
- The anticipated service life of a bridge is 75 years
- The CP Rail Bridge structure was built in 1938
How is the natural environment considered during construction?
- Trees will need to be removed to accommodate construction of the new bridges. Every tree within the construction zone has been inventoried and tree protection fencing will be installed to protect the trees not designated for removal
- Trees that are removed will be replaced at approximately a 3:1 ratio with new trees. The Region will plant as many trees as possible within the existing road allowance and the rest will be replaced on other Region or TRCA land. The trees being removed are utilized for lumber, firewood or bedding material at farms
- At the end of construction, the Region’s Natural Heritage and Forestry group will plant a variety of deciduous trees, coniferous trees and shrubs in compensation for the trees that had to be removed
Is a six-lane roadway part of the scope of this project?
- The bridge will be constructed with a length that will support a future six-lane roadway. The construction of the six-lane roadway is not within the scope of this project
Can pedestrians and cyclists still use the road?
- Yes. Pedestrians and cyclists can still use the roadway
We're here to answer your questions:
York Region Transportation Operations, Public Works
Phone: 1-877-464-9675 ext. 75000
After hours emergency: 1-877-464-9675 ext. 75200