York Region cares about our communities and we are committed to delivering transportation improvements safely, while minimizing disruptions as best as possible.
Highway 400 to Westburne Drive
August 3, 2022
Construction starts: August 3, 2021
Anticipated completion: Summer 2023
We’re widening and improving Rutherford Road from Highway 400 to Westburne Drive to accommodate growth, ease congestion and create transportation options for all travellers.
- Reconstructing and widening Rutherford Road from four to six lanes including left-turn lanes from Westburne Drive to Jane Street
- Resurfacing Rutherford Road from Jane Street to Highway 400
- Replacing and widening the existing bridge over the CN rail tracks
- Replacing and/or extending four existing culverts
- Upgrading traffic signals to meet Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) requirements
- Installing new boulevard bicycle lanes and sidewalks
- Installing and upgrading street lighting
- Installing a boulevard with raised median planters and enhanced streetscaping features
- Installing retaining walls and traffic noise barrier walls
- Upgrading storm sewer systems
Crews are working to replace/repair four existing culverts (tunnels) running under Rutherford Road that allow water and wildlife to cross freely from one side to the other.
Overnight Work on Jane Street
York Region’s contractor will be repaving the northbound and southbound lanes of Jane Street from approximately 600 metres south to 200 metres north of Rutherford Road. This includes the intersections of Rutherford Road and Jane Street and Jane Street and River Rock Gate.
This work will include milling and grinding the existing pavement, laying base asphalt, adjusting maintenance holes, laying top asphalt and permanent line markings.
Due to the volume of traffic in this area, it is necessary to complete this work at night. Due to the weather forecasted for the next few nights, the start of this work has been postponed. Crews will be working weeknights from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. starting Monday, July 25 for three to four weeks.
Impacts during this work include:
- Noise or vibration from grinding and paving machines, commercial vehicles and other equipment
- One lane available in each direction for vehicular traffic
- Sidewalk access on both side of Jane Street
- Access will be maintained for emergency vehicles and all driveways/entrances
Adjustments to traffic signal timing have been implemented at the following intersections:
- Rutherford Road and Melville Avenue/Creditstone Road
- Signal timing reduced for northbound/southbound traffic and increased for eastbound/westbound traffic
- Advanced left turn signals for eastbound and westbound traffic reactivated
- Rutherford Road at Springside Road (York Region Maintenance Yard Entrance)
- Signal timing increased for eastbound/westbound traffic
- Advanced left turn signal for eastbound traffic deactivated
- Rutherford Road and Greenock Drive
- Advanced left turn signal for eastbound traffic deactivated
Safety is a priority on all Regional construction sites. A temporary speed reduction will be in place throughout the project limits, as lanes will be temporarily shifted and widths will be reduced to accommodate construction.
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.
Construction may be rescheduled due to weather conditions. York Region will provide advance notice whenever possible.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the benefits of this project?
At the end of this project, citizens can look forward to:
- Reduced traffic congestion with two extra lanes of roadway
- A safer commute with rehabilitated roads, upgraded traffic signals that meet Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities (AODA) standards and enhanced roadway illumination
- A connected transportation network for commuter and leisure cyclists
- Upgraded traffic signals and enhanced roadway illumination throughout the corridor
- Travellers will also get rehabilitated roads, ensuring a safer commute for all road users
What is a culvert?
A culvert is a tunnel or crossing located under a road. It can be built to transport either water, people or animals.
Why do the culverts need to be replaced?
York Region conducts routine inspections of its infrastructure. Through ongoing inspections, it has been determined two culverts need to be replaced and two need to be extended to support the widened roadway and to ensure safe travel on Rutherford Road.
Are there any lane closures or reductions associated with this project?
Four lanes are being maintained throughout the construction period during peak travel hours. To achieve this, lane width reductions will be in place and speed will be temporarily reduced in the construction area.
Lane reductions may be required to facilitate CN Railway bridge construction, intersection and culvert work between 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. to 6:30 a.m.
Traffic lanes will be shifting throughout construction during off-peak and peak hours.
Will there be any night work?
Night work may be required between 9 p.m. and 6:30 a.m. to facilitate paving the roadway and pavement markings, storm sewer and culvert road crossing work, and CN Railway bridge construction.
Will there be any weekend work?
Work may be required on the weekends to expedite the construction work.
Will there be any work on statutory holidays?
Work may be required on statutory holidays to expedite the construction work.
Can pedestrians and cyclists still use the road?
Pedestrian access will be maintained on a minimum of one side of the road at all times. The existing sidewalk is discontinuous on Rutherford Road between Creditstone Road and Jane Street.
There are no existing bicycle facilities on Rutherford Road. Cyclists are to use the roadway in accordance with the Highway Traffic Act and/or boulevard(s) in accordance with Local By-laws.
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