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Highway 27 Canadian Pacific Rail Bridge

Replacement and Road Improvements

Photo of work underway on the Highway 27 CP Rail Bridge.

Update: October 20, 2020

Highway 27 Canadian Pacific Rail Bridge Replacement in the City of Vaughan.

The Regional Municipality of York is investing in building a safe, efficient and reliable Regional transportation network for all users. Improvements to the roadway and the Canadian Pacific Rail Bridge on Highway 27, south of Rutherford Road, will replace the aging infrastructure, accommodate growth and provide more travel options for all.

Construction began: December 2019 | Anticpated completion: Spring 2022

Graphic Map Highway 27 Rail Bridge Improvements Location. For a detailed description please contact 1 877 464 9675 extension 75923.

Construction Update

Work that has been completed since construction began in December 2019 includes:

  • Completed the railway grading work for the track detour
  • Installed a temporary track protection system
  • Installed the bridge foundation for the detour bridge, south of the existing bridge
  • Installed temporary street lighting at the bridge site

Work that you will be seeing over the next couple of months includes:

  • Constructing the sub structure on each side of the detour bridge, south of the existing bridge
  • Installing retaining walls at the detour bridge

Photo detour bridge under construction.

Future Road Closures

In order to continue work on Highway 27 and the CP Rail Bridge, a temporary weekend closure was required on Highway 27 between Rutherford Road and Martin Grove Road. The closure began on Friday, October 16 at 9 p.m. and the road was re-opened ahead of schedule on Sunday, October 18.

Additional weekend closures will be required throughout the construction period to facilitate work. York Region will provide advance notice prior to each closure. For more information, please visit the Road Construction Schedule page.

Rendering of Highway 27 CP Rail Bridge transformed.

Reminders

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

Any road/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 is the timing 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. Accessible formats of this newsletter or communication supports are available upon request.

General Inquiries:
Vanessa Savelli
Communications and Community Engagement Specialist
Phone: 1-877-464-9675 ext. 75923
Email: transportation@york.ca

Construction Activity:
Matthew Jebb
Construction Administrator
Phone: 1-877-464-9675 ext. 75233
Email: transportation@york.ca


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