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What's Happening On 16th Avenue?

Posted by MarkhamToday // December 1, 2016 // in News // 0 Comments

York Region is undertaking two transportation Environmental Assessment Studies (EA Studies) for improvements to 16th Avenue:
Study A is between Yonge St. & Woodbine Avenue in the Town of Richmond Hill and the City of Markham
Study B is between Woodbine Avenue & York/Durham Line in the City of Markham

The two EA Studies will identify possible improvements to 16th Avenue to accommodate the current and future transportation needs of pedestrians, cyclists, transit users and motorists along this corridor.

These EA Studies are part of the process to carry out the Region’s Transportation Master Plan and 10-year Roads Construction Program that identify long term road improvements for the
16th Avenue corridor.

There have been three open houses scheduled for a chance for the public view the information and potential improvements as well as the opportunity to ask questions of the project team

Open Houses were held at:
Wednesday, November 23, 2016 - Pierre Elliot Trudeau High School, Cafeteria - 90 Bur Oak Avenue, Markham
Thursday November 24, 2016 - Markham Museum, Transportation Room - 9350 Markham Road, Markham
Wednesday, November 30, 2016 - Bayview Hill Community Centre, Renaissance Room - 114 Spadina Road, Richmond Hill

The information presented at these open houses and ongoing reports are to be published on the 16th Avenue EA web page and on York Region’s Facebook and Twitter social media channels.

The Open Houses offered an opportunity to present problems, the opportunity and and provide evaluations and preliminary alternative solutions as proposed by the project team based on previously gathered feedback.

Since 1971, York Region’s population has increased nearly seven fold - Population and employment growth is expected to continue across the Region.  Road improvements to increase capacity and improve connectivity on the existing road network are important parts of planning for the Region’s future.

York Region’s 2016 Transportation Master Plan (TMP) identified the need for capacity improvements along 16th Avenue to accommodate anticipated growth and to improve overall network connectivity. Improvements to transit, cycling, and pedestrian facilities are also identified in the Region’s 2016 TMP.

The current traffic capacity is now exceeded and congestion has been identified.  In the Mornings west bound from Kennedy to the 404 and from Bayview east through Leslie to the 404.  In the Evening the traffic congestion is the opposite, from the 404 interchange to McCowan east bound and 404 to Bayview west bound.

The York Region project team has identified and presented "Evaluations of Alternative Solutions" for stretches of 16th avenue from:
Yonge Street to Bayview Avenue
Bayview Avenue to Leslie Street
Leslie Street to Woodbine Avenue
Woodbine Avenue to Markham Road
Markham Road to Donald Cousin Parkway and to the Durham Line
 

These include possible wideningadding dedicated transit lanes and providing continuous facilities for cyclist and pedestrians.

In addition, other opportunities included general street realignments and intersection modifications along the whole stretch of 16th Avenue
As well, specific improvements reconstruction for 
( 1 ) CNR Bridge at  Yonge Street (Widening or narrowing for improved transit)
( 2 ) Re-alignment of the "ON" and "OFF" ramps at the 404 interchange (16th Avenue Buttonville)
( 3 ) Stouffville GO Line level crossing at Markham Road and 16th avenue. (Possible Over or Under pass

 

The following links take you to the actual display board information presented at each of the Open Houses.

Click here to review the information, Part 1 and  Part 2

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Slides courtesy York Region 16th Avenue EA Project Presentation

For more information go to the York Region 16th Avenue EA Study website - Click Here

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