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Major Mackenzie Drive Weekly Construction Update

Week 5 Update

Construction for the replacement of the culvert crossing Major Mackenzie Drive is underway. Since July 12, the following activities have taken place:

  • The contractor continues to work with two crews, 24 hours a day, seven days a week
  • Delivery of the precast sections for the culverts is complete. The deliveries occurred at night to minimize traffic disruption
  • All the precast sections of both the river culvert and the pedestrian and cycling culvert have been installed (see photos 1 to 4)
  • Each of the 55 sections weighed just under 40 tonnes and took approximately one hour to install in place
  • The contractor has completed backfilling the culverts and is preparing the area for road replacement
  • Construction of the foundation for the retaining wall on the south side of the culverts has begun
  • Construction of the stone wall on the north side of the culverts has begun (see photo 5)
  • Materials for the storm sewers and watermain will begin arriving on site for installation in the next couple of weeks
  • Area businesses continue to remain open during the closure; please support your local businesses by continuing to shop at these locations
  • Ongoing updates about the closure are posted on york.ca, yrt.ca and York Region social media channels

Photo 1 - Culvert installation in progress.

Photo 1: Culvert installation in progress.

Photo 2 - Final touches to exterior of pedestrian culvert.

Photo 2: Final touches to exterior of pedestrian culvert.

Photo 3 - Inspecting river culvert.

Photo 3: Inspecting river culvert.

Photo 4 - River culvert complete.

Photo 4: River culvert complete.

Photo 5 - Construction of the armour stone wall.

Photo 5: Construction of the armour stone wall.

Week 4 Update

Construction for the replacement of the culvert crossing Major Mackenzie Drive is underway. Since July 5, the following activities have taken place:

  • Twenty-four hour construction began on Tuesday, July 2, and has continued since, including weekends
  • Crews worked day and night to excavate and remove the contaminated material found on site, and delivered it to an approved facility (photo 1)
  • Demolition, removal and disposal of the old culvert was completed
  • Excavation for the river culvert and the pedestrian and cycling culvert is almost complete (photos 2 and 3)
  • Delivery of the precast sections for the culverts is underway; half of the 55 sections have been delivered and stockpiled on site
  • To minimize traffic disruptions, sections of the culvert are only being transported at night (photo 4)
  • A 600-ton crane used to install the precast culvert units arrived this week, and installation of the first sections has begun (photo 5)
  • Area businesses continue to remain open during the closure; please support your local businesses by continuing to shop at these locations
  • Ongoing updates about the closure are posted on york.ca, yrt.ca and York Region social media channels
  • Fun facts:

Photo 1 Excavation underway.

Photo 1: Excavation underway.

Photo 2 Major Mackenzie Drive was here!

 

Photo 2: Major Mackenzie Drive was here!

Photo 3 Flat bed being prepared to receive the river culvert.

Photo 3: Flat bed being prepared to receive the river culvert.

Photo 4 Sections of the culvert arriving at night.

Photo 4: Sections of the culvert arriving at night.

Photo 5 600-tonne crane ready to begin installation .

Photo 5: 600-ton crane ready to begin installation.

Photo 6 The culverts are very large.

Photo 6: The culverts are very large.

Major Mackenzie Drive Road Closure week four update The Regional Municipality of York en-US

Week 3 Update

Construction for the replacement of the culvert crossing Major Mackenzie Drive is underway. Since June 28, the following activities have taken place:

  • Twenty-four hour construction began on Tuesday, July 2, and is expected to continue through this weekend and into next week (see Photo 1)
  • The temporary bypass for the West Don River was completed last weekend (see Photo 2)
  • The contractor has crews working around the clock to excavate and remove the contaminated material found on site, which was tested and is being disposed of at an approved facility (see Photo 3)
  • Demolition and removal of the old culvert is complete and disposal of the scrap metal is ongoing (see Photo 4)
  • Manufacturing of all 55 sections of the new culverts for the West Don River and the pedestrian and cycling underpass is complete (see Photo 5)
  • Delivery of the new culvert components (originally planned for July 2), has been postponed until the week of July 8 because the site is not large enough to accommodate the necessary equipment (cranes, back hoes, flat bed transport trucks) until the contaminated soil has been removed
  • Postponing delivery of the culvert s is not expected to impact the completion date; the contractor is working  evenings, weekends and holidays (as required), to accelerate work and keep to the original schedule
  • Area businesses are  open during the closure; please support your local businesses by continuing to shop at these locations
  • Ongoing updates about the closure are posted on york.ca, yrt.ca and York Region social media channels

Photo 1 Crews have been working around the clock since July 2 to prepare the site for delivery of the new culvert components.

Photo 1: Crews have been working around the clock since July 2 to prepare the site for delivery of the new culvert components.

Photo 2 The West Don River was successfully diverted in to a temporary by-pass.

Photo 2: The West Don River was successfully diverted in to a temporary by-pass.

Photo 3 Crews continue to excavate and remove contaminated soil from the site.

Photo 3: Crews continue to excavate and remove contaminated soil from the site.

Photo 4 The old deteriorated culvert has been removed and will be disposed of.

Photo 4: The old deteriorated culvert has been removed and will be disposed of.

Photo 5 All 55 sections of the new culvert have been manufactured and will they will be delivered next week.

Photo 5: All 55 sections of the new culvert have been manufactured and will they will be delivered next week.


Major Mackenzie Drive Road Closure week three update The Regional Municipality of York en-US

Week 1 and 2 Update

Construction for the replacement of the culvert crossing Major Mackenzie Drive is underway. As of July 3, the following activities have taken place:

  • The area has been protected to ensure any sediment runoff does not interfere with the natural environment surrounding the West Don River, which crosses Major Mackenzie Drive at this location
  • Turtles have been found at the site and their nests and habitats are being protected under the guidance of an environmental specialist (see Photo 1)
  • Removal of the road is now complete, including sidewalks, curbs, asphalt, street light poles, hydro wires and vegetation
  • All topsoil has been removed and stored on site to be reused when the road is rebuilt
  • The existing culvert has been exposed to make room to install the new culverts; more work is expected to continue through this week (see video and Photos 2 and 3)
  • Excavation work was slower last week due to rain
  • Contaminated soil was found and samples were sent for testing and proper disposal
  • An abandoned, concrete structure with hydro cables was found that delayed work until it could be inspected and removed (see Photo 4)
  • Construction of a temporary bypass for the West Don River is underway and the West Don River will be temporarily diverted (see Photos 5 and 6)
  • The contractor has been working full days, including weekends
  • Manufacturing of 45 of the 55 new culverts is complete, with the sections being delivered beginning July 2
  • Beginning Monday, June 24, YRT began offering free bus rides for travellers boarding Route 4/4A at stops near the construction zone; this is being supplemented by a free pedestrian shuttle operating on Major Mackenzie Drive between the east side of the closure and Keele Street
  • YRP assigned two officers to patrol community streets in the area between 6 a.m. to 7 p.m., focusing on aggressive driving
  • Area businesses continue to remain open during the closure; please support your local businesses by continuing to shop at these locations
  • Ongoing updates about the closure are posted on york.ca, yrt.ca and York Region social media channel

Photo 1 Turtle resident on the site

Photo 1 Turtle resident on the site

Photo 2 Excavation underway

Photo 2 Excavation underway

Photo 3 Excavation underway

Photo 3 Excavation underway

Photo 4 Demolishing abandoned concrete structure for removal

Photo 4 Demolishing abandoned concrete structure for removal

Photo 5 Installation of temporary culvert for river diversion

Photo 5 Installation of temporary culvert for river diversion

Photo 6 Temporary channel construction

Photo 6 Temporary channel construction

Major Mackenzie Drive Road Closure week one and week two update The Regional Municipality of York en-US





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