December 17, 2004

York Region commuters have another option with the opening of the Markham Bypass

NEWMARKET – York Region has completed work on two sections of the Markham Bypass, including a new Highway 407 interchange and link to Highway 7 (Phase I) and a new two-lane roadway from Major Mackenzie Drive to 16th Avenue linking to the existing bypass (Phase II).  Both sections are now open to motorists.
“The Markham Bypass is one of several projects designed to combat traffic congestion in York Region,” said York Regional Chair and CEO Bill Fisch.  “These two significant upgrades are part of a larger effort to keep people and goods moving, not only in Markham, but across our Region.”
The Markham Bypass is a multi-year project consisting of four separate phases. Please view the attached map for further details.
• Phases I and II, which cost $2.3 million and $9.5 million respectively are now complete. 
• Phase III is planned to commence in 2005 and will provide a four lane roadway linking Phases I and II. 
• Phase IV, the final link, is scheduled to be completed in 2008.  It will connect Major Mackenzie Drive to Highway 48.  The widening of Phase II to 4 lanes is scheduled to be completed at the same time.
“Creating additional road capacity is crucial to maintaining a viable transportation network in our growing Region,” said Richmond Hill Mayor Bill Bell, Chair of the Region’s Transportation and Works Committee.  “This project will help alleviate some of the pressures created by traffic congestion by providing alternative routing for motorists.”
“This expansion will be particularly beneficial in diverting a number of vehicles, especially truck traffic, off of Main Street Markham and from our residential areas,” said Markham Regional Councillor Jack Heath.  “This is a great first step in providing much needed access to the major arterial roadways of Highways 7 and 407.”
The Markham Bypass is one of a number of key road infrastructure projects in York Region’s 10-year Capital Plan and Combating Traffic Congestion Plan launched earlier this year.  It follows the summer opening of the Newmarket Bypass which has been very successful in alleviating traffic pressures in the communities of East Gwillimbury, King and Newmarket.
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