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Vaughan 2021 Construction Projects

The Regional Municipality of York is improving regional roads in the City of Vaughan to accommodate population growth, help to improve traffic flow, extend the life of roads and bridges, and enhance safety for pedestrians and cyclists. In partnership with the City of Vaughan, we are investing and making transportation improvements a priority, to continue to provide a safe and reliable road network that benefits all users.

We understand that continued construction and the traffic delays caused by this work is frustrating for residents living in these areas. We regularly analyze and review traveller data for each road project to determine the best options to ease traffic delays during construction. We care about our communities and are committed to delivering transportation improvements safely, while minimizing disruptions as best as possible. We’re building, reconstructing and repairing regional roads for you, our communities and the future of the City of Vaughan.  

To support the growing communities in Vaughan, construction is planned for over 20 locations in the next five years. These projects will include:

  • Road reconstruction and widening
  • New transit terminal connecting to the new Cortellucci Vaughan Hospital
  • Connections to the new 427 Highway extension expected in 2021
  • Intersection upgrades and improvements to enhance traffic operations
  • Pavement repair, preservation and rehabilitation

photo of Major Mackenzie Drive Culvert completed Project and Major Mackenzie Drive between Pine Valley Drive and Weston Road completed project.

Graphic map of road construction projects in Vaughan 2021. For a detailed description please see the table below or contact 1 877 464 9675 extension 75923.

View high resolution PDF of 2021 – 2025 Vaughan Construction Projects (developed for print purposes only)

View our interactive map of all York Region’s projects by visiting the Road Construction Schedule page.

2021-2022

Growth Projects

Road About Date Traveller Impact
5. Highway 27 Canadian Pacific Rail Bridge
Bridge and roadway improvements
December 2019 to spring 2022
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.

6. Keele Street from Steeles Avenue to Highway 407
Road widening from four to six lanes
Spring 2021 to fall 2023 Temporary lane reductions between 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The Highway 407 ramp restrictions and closures may be required between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m.

7. Major Mackenzie Drive from Highway 427 to Islington Avenue Road widening from two to six lanes 2018 to 2021 Temporary lane reductions lane reductions may be required to facilitate construction

8. Major Mackenzie Drive from Islington Avenue to Pine Valley Drive Road widening from two to six lanes Summer 2019 to  2021 Temporary lane reductions between 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

9. Major Mackenzie Drive from Highway 50 to Highway 427

Road widening from four to six lanes May 2020 to
spring 2021
Temporary lane reductions lane reductions may be required to facilitate construction

10. Major Mackenzie from Highway 400 to Jane Street Road widening from four to six lanes October 2020 to late 2022 Off-peak lane reductions between 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Night work with lane reduction may be required from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.

12. Rutherford Road from Highway 400 to Westburne Drive
Road widening from four to six lanes
Summer 2021 to summer 2023
Off-peak lane reductions are required to facilitate construction between 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. to 6:30 a.m.

14. Teston Road from Pine Valley to Weston Road
Road widening from two to four lanes
2021 to 2023 Detailed design is underway


Asset Management Projects

Road About Date Traveller Impact
15. Highway 7 between Highway 27 to Islington Avenue Roadway resurfacing Late August 2020 to spring 2021 Temporary lane reductions between 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. to 7 a.m.

16. Islington Avenue between Steeles Avenue and Highway 7 Roadway resurfacing Late August 2020 to spring 2021 Temporary lane reductions between 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. to 7 a.m.

17. Major Mackenzie Drive at Vaughan City Hall Intersection Improvements September 2020 to early summer 2021 Off-peak lane reductions between 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.


Other Projects in the Area

Road About Date Traveller Impact
18. Major Mackenzie Drive*
Cortellucci Vaughan Hospital Project
Opened February 2021
Visit the Mackenzie Health website for more information
19. Highway 427 Extension from Finch Street to Major Mackenzie Drive*

Highway 427 extension 2019 to 2025 Visit LINK427 for more information
20. Highway 400 Widening Road widening from Major Mackenzie Avenue to King Vaughan Road

2017 to 2021 Visit MTO for more information
22. Jane Street Sidewalk Repairs Sidewalk repairs from Highway 7 to Teston Road 2021 Visit City of Vaughan for more information
23. Major Mackenzie Drive* York Region Transit Terminal 2021 Visit York Region Transit for more information

24. Rutherford Road from Westburne Drive to Peter Rupert Avenue*
Rutherford GO Station Improvements
2019 to 2022
Temporary lane reductions between 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.


*These projects are being led by another group within York Region or by an external partner

**The York Region projects listed are based off the 2020 10-Year Roads and Transit Capital Construction Program - Approved by Regional Council on December 19, 2019

For projects beyond 2021 please visit our Road Construction Schedule page.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Why are these improvements taking place?

  • York Regional Council continues to invest and make transportation improvements a priority, outlined in the 10-year Roads and Transit Capital Construction Program
  • Roads are identified for improvements for a variety of reasons including enhancing safety for pedestrians and cyclists, managing assets in a state of good repair and improving traffic flow to accommodate population growth by adding new lanes or creating new roads
  • To support the growing communities in Vaughan, construction is planned for over 20 locations in the next five years. These projects will include:
    • Road reconstruction and widening
    • New transit terminal connecting to the new Cortellucci Vaughan Hospital
    • Connections to the new 427 Highway extension are anticipated in 2021
    • Intersection upgrades and improvements to enhance traffic operations
    • Pavement repair, preservation and rehabilitation
  • As York Region’s population and businesses grow, public roads are accommodating more travellers, goods and services
    • Vaughan’s population is forecasted to grow from 316,000 in 2016 to 497,400 by 2041
    • Vaughan’s employment is forecasted to grow from 209,200 jobs in 2016 to 321,500 jobs by 2041
    • The travel growth in the area (daily trips to and from Vaughan) has grown from 895,400 in 2016 to 1,315,700 in 2041, an 47% increase
  • By expanding or upgrading infrastructure, we are ensuring we meet the needs of our growing communities now, rather than waiting until we run out of capacity

Why is this construction happening all at once?

  • York Region has a 10-year Roads and Transit Capital Construction Program which outlines infrastructure projects across the Region. Capital projects are undertaken to improve the community for all York Region residents
  • While serving growth remains important, capital spending also focuses on asset management to extend the life of assets, such as roads and bridges, and reduce total costs over their life cycle. Over the next 10 years, $1.4 billion will go to rehabilitating and replacing existing assets. These investments help ensure that assets are in a state of good repair for current and future residents
  • The Region and the City of Vaughan are investing in transportation improvements over the next five years to support the record growth in the area, the construction being completed by our partners and to maintain our roads in a state of good repair
    • Infrastructure being constructed by the Region and our partners includes:
      • Construction on Major Mackenzie Drive, from Highway 50 to Pine Valley Drive in coordination with the Ministry of Transportation’s (MTO) proposed Highway 427 extension
      • Widening and grade separation of Rutherford Road with Metrolinx’s expansion of the Rutherford GO station and tracks
      • Road widening and York Region Transit (YRT) bus terminal construction on Major Mackenzie Drive, from Highway 400 to Jane Street, with a direct benefit to the newly constructed Cortellucci Vaughan Hospital
      • Intersection improvements and resurfacing on Major Mackenzie Drive outside Vaughan City Hall for the City of Vaughan
      • Construction of transit improvements at three intersections with the City of Vaughan’s improvements to Clark Avenue
      • Installation of water, wastewater and telecom infrastructure and planting street trees as part of road construction projects
  • The Region is addressing the growing needs of City of Vaughan residents, businesses and the travelling public, as traffic congestion is identified as the number one public concern in Vaughan
  • To maximize as much work as possible, the majority of construction projects are completed in the warmer months when the ground is not frozen and temperatures for mixing and laying asphalt is ideal and traffic volumes are lower

Does York Region coordinate with other projects happening in the area?

  • Whenever possible, York Region coordinates with the City of Vaughan, developers, utility companies, Environmental Services and other agency infrastructure programs, including the Ministry of Transportation of Ontario (MTO), Metrolinx, the City of Vaughan, rail authorities, York Region Rapid Transit Corporation and York Telecom Network (YTN), when planning construction projects within the Region. Effective coordination may result in financial benefits and can help minimize impacting the public multiple times and reducing disruption to travellers
  • Due to the complexity and timing requirements of certain projects, it is sometimes not possible to avoid construction on adjacent or parallel roads

Why don’t I see my road identified here?

  • The Region’s 10-Year Roads and Transit Capital Construction Program outlines the growth-related projects planned for construction over the next 10 years
  • Growth-related projects focus on building additional capacity on Regional roads to serve growing communities. Projects include reconstructing and widening of roads and bridges, building new connections in the Regional road network, including midblock crossings over Provincial highways and upgrading intersections to improve traffic operations
  • The Asset Management Program focuses on rehabilitation and replacement of existing transportation assets, including pavement repair, preservation and rehabilitation; bridge and culvert rehabilitation or replacement and intersection improvements, including reconstruction of traffic control signals and upgrades to meet Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) requirements
  • Asset Management projects are not included in the Region’s 10-Year Roads and Transit Capital Construction Program, as these projects are typically only added to the program one to three years in advance. This allows for projects to be prioritized annually and for work to be carried out on the assets that will benefit most from rehabilitation. The rehabilitation strategy will depend on the condition of the asset and any long-term plans, such as an upcoming growth project

How much work goes in to preparing road projects for construction?

  • It takes 8 to 10 years to deliver major road projects. Environmental Assessment study, road design, property acquisition, utility relocation and permits all have to be completed before construction can begin. Coordinating work with our partners, including ministries, City of Vaughan, conservation authorities, utility companies and developers is important to ensure disruption to travellers and the community is minimized

What safety measures are considered during construction?

  • Safety is a priority on all of York Region’s construction sites. For everyone’s safety, reduce your speed through the construction area
  • Signage is put in place around a construction area to communicate to travellers what is going on and how to travel safely through the work zone
  • Please contact us at transportation@york.ca if you notice any safety issues in and around the construction sites

How are you trying to minimize travel impacts?

  • York Region regularly reviews and analyzes traveller data for each road project to determine the best options to ease traffic delays during construction
  • To minimize impacts, we try to keep as many lanes open as possible and avoid lane closures during peak periods whenever possible
    • Off-peak lane reductions take place during the hours of 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday to Friday
  • Days and hours of construction/lane reductions may be modified for each project, depending on the scope of the project, the area and construction schedule. There are also exceptions for emergency or urgent projects
  • Night and weekend work, 24-hour shifts and other off-peak hour work are considered for each project

Why don’t all projects utilize night work?

  • Overnight work is not always an option in a construction project due to the following:
    • Depending on the location, a construction site could be adjacent to resident areas and noise bylaw restrictions are in place to limit construction during evening hours
  • Some construction activities are more easily conducted during the day due to lighting
  • Night work is considered on a case by case basis and is dependent on the area, the number of residents, travellers and businesses and the additional cost to conduct the work. It is also more costly as there are often premiums associated with it

What factors can affect construction progress?

  • Weather is a large factor in delaying a construction project
    • To conduct paving work, weather conditions have to be clear, the surface has to be dry and above a specified temperature depending on the type of asphalt being used
  • Unknown factors
    • During excavation, contaminated soil could be uncovered and would need to be disposed of at an approved and registered waste disposal site, capable of receiving hazardous and waste material, as authorized under Part V of the Environmental Protection Act
    • Unknown utilities
  • Environmentally sensitive areas
    • There are specific timing windows when a contractor can construct near these areas
  • Delays to construction may be affected by COVID-19 and Public Health guidelines

How these improvements benefit you

  • Travellers will benefit from the additional roadway capacity to help alleviate congestion in the City of Vaughan 
  • Improving the transportation network in Vaughan with more transit facilities
  • Cycling and pedestrian facilities provide new opportunities for cyclists and commuters to use active forms of transportation to explore York Region. Bicycle facilities help in connecting the larger commuter and leisure cycling network
  • Rehabilitating our roads ensures a safe commute for all road users
  • With road widening projects, travellers will get extra lanes of the roadway in an otherwise traffic heavy area, easing congestion
  • A new transit terminal and elevator pavilion, which will help connect travellers with the new hospital set to open along Major Mackenzie Drive
  • Connections to the new 427 Highway extension to Highway 50 and Highway 27

How are residents impacted by the project being informed?

  • To help travellers plan ahead during road construction, we install advance signage, post messages on social media and our website, and distribute notices
  • 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
  • Find us on social media: @YorkRegionGovt
  • Visit us on york.ca/roadconstruction or york.ca/roadclosures

Why are you replacing bridges and culverts?

  • Bridges and culverts each have a service life that needs to be maintained
  • York Region conducts routine inspections of all its structures to determine if a bridge and/or culvert needs to be reconstructed or replaced to ensure safer travel for all users

Tree removal, disposal and replacement

  • Trees may be removed to accommodate a construction project. Every tree within the construction zone is inventoried and tree protection fencing is installed to protect the trees not designated for removal
  • At the end of construction, a variety of trees and shrubs are planted by York Region to replace the trees that had to be removed. Trees that are removed will be replaced at approximately a 3:1 ratio with new trees

Environmentally sensitive areas

  • Construction adjacent to or within environmentally sensitive areas adhere to all protection timing restrictions depending on the species present
  • All project areas are reviewed and inventoried on-site during the design phase to ensure construction doesn’t interfere with any sensitive species’ life processes

I noticed construction activities are taking place in my area, but the map indicates work is not starting until 2023. Why is that?

  • Residents, business owners and travellers may see construction activity on a Regional road prior to the planned work taking place. This work is related to utility relocations, which needs to be completed before construction can begin
  • This work may happen years in advance of construction beginning
  • This work may take several years to complete, depending on the complexity of the work and the amount of utility companies within the project limits
  • This work needs to be completed cautiously to ensure residents and business owners always have power, gas and internet during this work and beyond

COVID-19 and construction projects

  • Construction projects that support the operations of, or provide new capacity in, municipal infrastructure continue to be deemed essential
  • Increased sanitation and physical distancing are being practiced on all Regional construction sites. All contractors are following the Provincial government’s guidance regarding construction workers health and safety during COVID-19
  • Delays to construction may be affected by COVID-19 and Public Health guidelines. York Region will provide advanced notice whenever possible

Regional Road improvements completed in 2020

  • Road rehabilitation along:
    • Highway 7, Highway 27 to Islington Avenue
    • Islington Avenue, Steeles Avenue to Highway 7
    • Major Mackenzie Drive, Dufferin Street to Bathurst Street
  • Rehabilitation of the Keele Street Rail Bridge, north of Teston Road
  • Intersection improvements at:
    • Keele Street and Dina Road
    • Pine Valley Drive and Davos Road
    • Pine Valley Drive and Royal Garden Boulevard
    • Teston Road and Torah Gate

Safety tips for motorists travelling through construction zones
Many construction workers are injured or killed each year when working on roads. When driving through construction zones motorists must:

  • Slow down early when approaching construction zones
  • Be patient and obey signs and signal persons
  • Merge well in advance when lanes are reduced ahead
  • Avoid lane changes, give yourself extra following space and be ready to stop
  • Do not speed up quickly when leaving construction zones
  • Do not pass construction vehicles when their amber lights are flashing
  • Plan ahead and expect delays

Visit our Traffic Safety Program page for more safety tips.  

Safety tips for pedestrians and cyclists through construction zones

  • It is very important to obey ALL work zone signs, workers and pavement markings
  • Watch where you are going. Your primary responsibility is to travel through the work zone as safely as you can
  • Orange Work Zone Signs – these signs communicate to drivers, pedestrians and cyclists what is going on and how to travel safely through the work zone. They can also indicate that a sidewalk is closed and that a detour must be taken
  • Pavement Markings –painted or taped lines on the pavement separate car travel lanes and can also indicate pedestrian and cyclist paths
  • During construction, some sidewalks may be closed. Pedestrians may be required to move to the other side of the road or to a temporary pedestrian walkway
  • Use designated pedestrian crosswalks and traffic lights to cross the street before reaching a construction zone and DO NOT cross in the middle of the road
  • Please DO NOT walk on the roadway beside the barriers

Please be alert and aware of your surroundings when travelling near construction areas
Visit our Traffic Safety Program page for more safety tips.  

If the information I’m looking for isn’t here, who can I contact?

  • If you are looking for more information on a specific project, please visit each individual project page for contact information
  • For all other inquiries, please contact transportation@york.ca or call 1-877-464-9675
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For contact information and more details on improvements, please visit each individual project page.

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