Keele Street Improvements
York Region is investing in building a safe, efficient and reliable Regional transportation network for all users. Improvements to Keele Street from Steeles Avenue to 407 ETR began in spring 2021 to accommodate growth and provide more travel options for all.
Construction start: May 2021
Anticipated completion: fall 2023
The Keele Street improvements will be completed in phases to minimize disruption to travellers. Improvements include:
- Widening the roadway from four to six lanes, with on-street bicycle lanes
- Replacing the bridge over the CN railway tracks
- Extending and creating a continuous sidewalk to 407 ETR on both sides of Keele Street
- Upgrading all the intersections and street lighting to meet current Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) requirements
May to December 2022
York Region Environmental Services will be rehabilitating three kilometres of the Jane Dufferin Collector Sewer and maintenance holes along Keele Street and Steeles Avenue West. This work is required to extend the life of the sewer and is anticipated to be completed by December 2022.
Impacts to travellers:
- A temporary sewage bypass will be installed along Keele Street and Steeles Avenue West to Dufferin Street
- Keele Street and Steeles Avenue West will remain open to traffic; however, there will be periodic, lane restrictions and delays
- Sidewalks will remain open, directional signage will be in place to help guide pedestrians, as needed
- YRT transit service will continue, riders can call the YRT Contact Centre at1-866-668-3978 or visit yrt.ca for more information
- Access to all homes and buildings will be maintained and there will be no impact to water or wastewater service
Temporary overhead traffic signals have been installed to help control traffic flow in the following intersections:
- Ronrose Drive and Great Gulf Drive/Snidercroft Road
- Keele Street/Steeles West
Upcoming work includes:
Traffic will shift to the west side of Keele Street and work will begin on the east side, including:
- Road widening
- Construction of the bridge over the CN railway tracks
- Installation of the watermain from Steeles Avenue to 407 ETR
Impacts to traffic throughout the project:
- Lane reductions and short duration lane closures may be required for the delivery and removal of material and equipment between 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.
- Night work may be required for:
- Work related to closing the ramps to and from 407 ETR between the hours of 8 p.m. and 6 a.m.
- Water service connections to commercial and office buildings
- Asphalt paving between the hours of 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.
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 Road Construction Schedule page.
For everyone’s safety, please reduce your speed through the construction area and contact us if you notice any safety issues in and around the construction site.
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.
Please note: 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?
Widening the roadway will accommodate more travellers and alleviate traffic along the corridor
Active transportation improvements will allow more travel options for all users
Roadway rehabilitation and resurfacing work provides safer travel for all users
Are there any lane closures or reductions associated with this project?
We will maintain a minimum of two lanes of traffic in each direction during peak hours based on the traffic condition at the time of construction
Off-peak lane reductions may be required between 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. to facilitate construction
Short duration lane closures will be permitted when controlled by flag persons for the delivery and removal of material and equipment. The short duration lane closures will not exceed 10 minutes during a one hour period
The Highway 407 ramp restrictions and closures may be required between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. This restriction and closure will not happen every night
Is there any night work associated with this project?
Top course paving will be completed at night between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. to minimize traffic disruption
Night work will be required for water service connections to commercial and office buildings
Work related to closing the ramps to and from Highway 407 will be done at night between 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.
Night work may be required within the CN Rail corridor
Lanes may be reduced to one lane in each direction when required
Why is the CN Bridge being replaced?
The CN Bridge is nearing the end of its service life and is in need of replacement to meet the current railway and road requirements
A new bridge will be constructed and the old CN Bridge will be demolished
Can pedestrians and cyclists still use the road?
The existing sidewalk on the west side of Keele Street will be maintained as long as possible. There is currently no sidewalk on the east side of Keele Street
There is no continuous sidewalk at this time on both the west and east of Keele Street for pedestrians and cyclists to utilize
Once construction is complete, there will be a continuous sidewalk on both the east and west side of Keele Street from Steeles Avenue to Highway 407
We’re here to answer your questions. To submit a comment, question or for more information, please reference Keele Street Improvements in your inquiry. Accessible formats of newsletters, notices or communication supports are available upon request.
York Region Transportation Operations, Public Works
Phone: 1-877-464-9675 ext. 75000
After hours emergency: 1-877-464-9675 ext. 75200