November 06, 2002
NEWMARKET – The Regional Municipality of York today celebrated the upcoming opening of the Bayview Avenue Extension, a four-kilometre, two-lane Regional roadway between Stouffville Road and Bloomington Road in the Town of Richmond Hill.
The Region's contractor is now completing the final work on the new road. The Extension will be open to traffic by Monday, November 18th.
The Bayview Avenue Extension, approved by the Ontario Ministry of the Environment in 1998, is a critical link in York Region's transportation network. The roadway will help alleviate the pressures of population and employment growth, especially for residents in northern York Region.
"Transportation remains the No. 1 topic among York Region residents. The Bayview Avenue Extension will play an important role in easing some of the congestion woes encountered by our commuters," said Regional Chair and CEO Bill Fisch. "York Regional Council and staff have worked hard to address all environmental concerns raised throughout this major project."
The Bayview Avenue Extension skirts the western edge of the main Jefferson Forest area, and incorporates a minor bend in the road alignment to bypass two smaller forest sections. Significant wetlands have been created, in addition to stormwater management ponds and extensive landscaping and planting.
A four-lane bridge spanning 70 metres across the Jefferson Ravine has been built to allow the passage of wildlife through the ravine. Following two surveys of amphibian movements in the area that confirmed the existence of the Jefferson Salamander, York Region built five special culverts under Bayview Avenue to allow the salamanders to safely cross between woodland and wetland areas.
"Following several years of discussion, debate, and construction, I'm proud that the Bayview Avenue Extension will finally open," said Richmond Hill Mayor William F. Bell, Chair of the York Region Transportation and Works Committee. "The Jefferson Ravine Bridge is a fantastic piece of architecture, while the road offers another connection between Richmond Hill and our neighbours in north York Region."
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Contact: Patrick Casey, Senior Media Relations Specialist, York Region