The Regional Municipality Of York

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York Region partners with the City of Markham and Town of Richmond Hill to strengthen economic hubs at Highway 404/Highway 7 Interchange

Norman Bethune Avenue and Aristotle Avenue open today

Newmarket – The Regional Municipality of York continues to invest in building and enhancing our Regional road network for all road users.

Beginning today, in collaboration with the City of Markham and the Town of Richmond Hill and under the approval of the Ontario Ministry of Transportation, York Region has transformed the road network around the Highway 404/Highway 7 interchange, one of the four major employment mega zones in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA).

This area is home to the leading Information and Communication Technology (ICT) companies, making it Canada’s largest ICT cluster per population size.

“Funding the transformation of two of our urban growth centres in Markham and Richmond Hill demonstrates our commitment to economic growth and strengthens our transit investments along Highway 7,” said York Region Chairman and CEO Wayne Emmerson. “As we plan for the future, York Region continues to prioritize interconnected systems for mobility while working with our cities and towns to ensure local infrastructure improvements can effectively handle the increased demands of our planned population and employment growth.”

The newly transformed Highway 404/Highway 7 interchange in the City of Markham and Town of Richmond Hill. Norman Bethune Avenue is a new four-lane road with a 141-metre-long, 23-metre-wide bridge built over Highway 404 just north of Highway 7. Aristotle Avenue links the northbound Highway 404 off-ramp to Norman Bethune Avenue providing alternative routes and access options for travellers

The project provides travellers with more options along Highway 7 and adjacent roads. It also connects key employment areas and business parks impacting over 30,000 jobs in the immediate area while improving the flow of traffic in the surrounding employment areas impacting close to 100,000 jobs. The project supports public transit service investments and enhances cycling and pedestrian movement.

“The City of Markham is proud to have initiated this project, working with area land owners and leading the design process,” said Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti. “This overpass is vital infrastructure, needed to tackle the number one issue facing residents in York Region, it will relieve congestion along Highway 7 and provide a safe option for cyclists and pedestrians. It has set a precedent as to how we can work together and achieve solutions for multi-jurisdictional projects.”

Norman Bethune Avenue includes on-street bike lanes, sidewalks, trees, street lighting and traffic signals where it connects with Centurian Drive/Allstate Parkway on the east in Markham and East Pearce Street/East Beaver Creek Road on the west in Richmond Hill.

“Improving transportation options and connecting our community with other parts of the GTA are top priorities for Richmond Hill,” said Richmond Hill Mayor Dave Barrow. “This new flyover creates a much-needed connection between our heavily-populated employment areas and will improve the movement of drivers, cyclists and pedestrians through the area.”
Norman Bethune Avenue and Aristotle Avenue are open to traffic, although construction in the area is ongoing. York Region began construction of the $58-million project in spring 2016 with an expected full completion in fall 2018.

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The Regional Municipality of York consists of nine local cities and towns and provides a variety of programs and services to 1.2 million residents and 51,000 businesses with 620,000 employees. More information about the Region’s key service areas is available at


Media Contact: Nancy La Neve, Corporate Communications,
The Regional Municipality of York
Phone: 1-877-464-9675 ext. 71226 or Cell: 289-716-9605

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