February 17, 2005

Renewed emphasis on capital projects included as Regional Council approves 2005 Business Plan and Budget


NEWMARKET As part of the 2005 Business Plan and Budget approved by York Regional Council today, York Region will embark on $546 million in Transportation and Works capital projects.
 
The budget includes a major emphasis on road widening and maintenance, transit and rapid transit services, as well as major water and wastewater construction projects.
 
"Roads, transit, water and wastewater continue to be high priority items for York Region and this budget reflects the strong emphasis placed on capital works," said Richmond Hill Mayor Bill Bell, Chair of the Region's Transportation and Works Committee.  "We have heard the concerns of our residents for less congestion on our roads, and servicing growth continues to be a deciding factor in our budget decision-making process.  Overall, I think this budget is responsive to our residents' needs and expectations."
 
"This year will continue to be significant as the Region continues to delivery major capital works projects," said Kees Schipper, York Region's Commissioner of Transportation and Works.  "We are looking forward to moving ahead with needed infrastructure to service our growing community, and meet the current needs of our residents."
 
Among the capital works highlights for 2005:
 
Roads:
 
 Improvements to 29 intersections
 Construct 90 new lane kilometres of roads
 An additional $2 million for resurfacing improvement to 60 lane kilometres of roads
 Nine new major road improvement/widening projects
 
Water:
 
 Construction of 64 km of additional water transmission lines
 Construction of a new 76 ML water storage facility
 Completion of York-Peel Feedermain
 Construction of King City Sanitary Servicing York Durham Sewage System hook-up
 
Wastewater:
 
 Construction of 20 km of additional sewers and forcemains
 
Solid Waste Management:
 
 Opening of Bales Drive Material Recovery Facility (MRF) in East Gwillimbury
 Roll-out of Source Separated Organics (SSO) program
 Site upgrades to Georgina transfer station
 A new public drop-off facility in southern York Region
 
Transit and Rapid Transit:
 
 Nearly $70 million to be spent on rapid transit
 Launch of Viva rapid transit system in September
 11 new York Region Transit conventional vehicles
 3 new York Region Transit specialized vehicles
 New terminals and bus shelters
 
Media Contact:   Michael Kemp, Corporate Communications, York Region
- (905) 830-4444 or 1-877-464-9675, ext. 1232
- Email: michael.kemp@york.ca
 

Fact Sheet

Thursday, February 17, 2005
 
Transportation and Works capital infrastructure projects approved in 2005 Business Plan and Budget
 
NEWMARKET The following Transportation and Works capital infrastructure projects and milestones are scheduled for 2005:
 
York Region Transit (YRT) / Viva Rapid Transit: 2005 Capital Budget - $91 million
 
 Nearly $70 million to be spent on rapid transit
 Launch of Viva rapid transit system in September
 11 new York Region Transit conventional vehicles
 3 new York Region Transit specialized vehicles
 New terminals and bus shelters
 
Water and Wastewater: 2005 Capital Budget - $319 million
 
 Construction of 64 km of additional water transmission lines
 Construction of a new 76 ML water storage facility
 Completion of York-Peel Feedermain
 Begin construction on King City Sanitary Servicing project
 Begin construction of two new pumping stations
 Construction of 20 km of additional sewers and forcemains
 Begin construction of PD6 Major Mackenzie Watermain
 Begin design of Aurora Sewage Equalization Tank
 Begin construction of Newmarket Sewage Equalization Tank
 Begin construction of 19th Avenue Interceptor Sewer
 Begin construction of Leslie Street Lower Trunk Sewer
 
Roads: 2005 Capital Budget - $134 million
 
 Improvements to 29 intersections
 An additional $2 million for resurfacing improvement to 60 lane kilometres of paved regional roads
 Begin 19th Avenue/Gamble Sideroad widening Bathurst Street to Leslie Street
 Begin Bayview Avenue widening St. John's Sideroad to Mulock Drive
 Begin Markham By-pass Phase III construction Highway 7 to 16th Avenue
 Begin Warden Avenue widening McPherson Street to Highway 407
 Begin Warden Avenue widening Highway 407 to Apple Creek Boulevard
 Begin Weston Road widening Major Mackenzie Drive to Teston Road
 Begin Teston Road widening Weston Road to west of Jane Street including Highway 400 interchange
 
Solid Waste Management: 2005 Capital Budget - $2.2 million
 
 Opening of new Material Recovery Facility (MRF) at Bales Drive in East Gwillimbury
 Roll-out of Source Separated Organics (SSO) program
 Expanded Blue Box program to accept plastics #1-7
 Site upgrades to Georgina transfer station
 A new public drop-off facility in southern York Region
 
 
 
Media Contact:   Michael Kemp, Corporate Communications, York Region
- (905) 830-4444 or 1-877-464-9675, ext. 1232
- Email: michael.kemp@york.ca
 
 
 

 
 
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