The Regional Municipality Of York


Public Notice

Davis Drive

Notice of Road Improvements

Yonge Street to Highway 404
In the Town of Newmarket

Updated July 7, 2020

The Regional Municipality of York works to maintain the condition of our Regional roads for motorists, cyclists, pedestrians and transit users. York Region is making improvements to Davis Drive, from Yonge Street to Highway 404, in the Town of Newmarket. Davis Drive will remain open to traffic and access to residences and businesses will be maintained during this road work.

Improvements started in June 2020 and will occur until early August 2020.

Graphic Map Davis Drive between Yonge Street to Highway 404 area. For a detailed description contact 1 877 464 9675 extension 75889.

We recognize there has been a lot of construction activity on Davis Drive in recent years, including the rapid transit lane (VIVA) project on Davis Drive that was completed in 2015, and we understand the inconvenience and frustration it can cause residents and motorists. However, this road work is required to preserve Davis Drive. Much like preventative maintenance performed on personal vehicles and homes, this road work will extend the life of the road for up to eight years and reduce future rehabilitation or construction costs by five to ten times.

As per industry best practices, preservation treatments are completed every five to seven years to extend the life of the road before needing major construction or replacement.

York Region is taking the opportunity to complete these road improvements at this time due to the reduced volume of traffic, which will reduce traffic disruptions for motorists.

These improvements include:

  • Microsurfacing, where an adhesive mixture containing small stones is applied to the road, extending the life of the road
  • Repairing of curbs
  • Repairing of catch (storm) basins that allow water to flow off the road into a drainage system

As with all road projects, some work may be rescheduled due to weather or delays related to COVID-19 Public Health guidelines. York Region will provide advance notice whenever possible.

Temporary lane restrictions will be in place Monday to Saturday between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Active work will occur on only a few hundred metres of road on any one day, with the work area moving throughout the project. Some road work may be required at night.

York Region will make every effort to minimize disruptions and thanks you for your patience and understanding. Safety is a priority so please slow down through construction areas.

To learn more about microsurfacing and its benefits, please see the FAQs and video below.

If you have any questions regarding this project, contact information has been listed below. To better assist you, please quote Davis Drive Microsurfacing in your inquiry.

General Inquiries:
Teresa Vader
Communications and Community Engagement Specialist
Phone: 1-877-464-9675 ext. 75889

Construction Activity:
Glen Cross
Construction Administrator
Phone: 1-877-464-9675 ext. 75756

Emergency outside of normal business hours: York Region Roads Dispatch Representative 1-877-464-9675 ext. 75200

Frequently Asked Questions

What is microsurfacing?

Microsurfacing is where an adhesive mixture containing small stones is applied to the road. This process is a common and cost-effective road maintenance treatment designed to treat roads with minor defects. The road surface can feel rougher and sound noisier after the treatment. Over time, the stones will knead together and the surface will become quieter.

Why does the road need to be microsurfaced?

Due to the exposure to the sun, air and water, an asphalt surface degrades over time. As traffic drives on the pavement, the surface tends to get polished, resulting in reduced traction. If left unattended, the surface will deteriorate gradually and require expensive rehabilitation or full reconstruction.

What are the benefits?

Microsurfacing is a common preventive maintenance treatment used when the top layer is still in good shape and pavement removal is not required. Sealing the surface helps extend the life of the road by preventing the entry of water into the pavement structure. It is  cost-effective preventative maintenance to extend the life of the pavement, much like the preventative maintenance people do to their vehicles and homes.

Every dollar spent on pavement preservation, including microsurfacing, results in spending five to ten times less in future rehabilitation or reconstruction costs.

It also has a much lower environmental impact and can be completed more quickly, minimizing traffic impacts compared to more extensive treatments.

Microsurfacing increases safety by improving surface friction and it is completed more quickly compared to other treatments, minimizing traffic disruption.

Exactly how much of Davis Drive is being improved?

The road improvements will include the portion of Davis Drive east of Yonge Street to east of Harry Walker Parkway, excluding the red asphalt in the Rapidway and the Rapidway’s signalized intersections.

When will the road improvements begin and end?

Road work will commence on May 19 and will occur intermittently until approximately mid-August.

The anticipated road improvement schedule includes site preparation and repairs to curbs, catch basins and maintenance holes from May 19 to May 27, microsurfacing from June 22 to July 24 and line painting from July 27 to August 21.

Please note, as with all road projects, some work may be rescheduled due to weather or delays related to COVID-19 Public Health guidelines. York Region will provide advance notice whenever possible.

What are the traffic impacts?

Road work will be completed Monday to Saturday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. To accommodate the road improvements, temporary lane closures and restrictions will be in place. Active road work occurs on no more than 500 metres of road each day, with the location moving throughout the construction period.



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