April 24, 2007
Media Release

Storm damage to keep some Regional roads temporarily closed

 
Work continues to clear downed hydro poles and fix power outages
 
NEWMARKET The violent storm that passed through southern York Region last night, creating blackout areas and downing numerous hydro lines, has forced the closure of several lanes of Regional roadways. 
 
Through the efforts of York Regional Police, York Region Transportation and Works staff and hydro utility crews, all Regional roadways are operational, with the exception of one full road closure and three roads with lane closures.
 
Hydro utility crews continue to work to restore more than 30 downed hydro poles along Regional roads, and are working to restore power as quickly as possible. York Region road crews have been working since late last night to erect signage to guide motorists while traffic signals remain affected.
 
The following Regional roads have lane closures:
 
 Woodbine Avenue from 16th Avenue to Rodick Road: Full road closure due to downed hydro poles. York Region staff have placed changeable message signs to inform motorists.
 
 The Intersection of Woodbine Avenue and 16th Avenue: The road is closed on Woodbine Avenue from north of 16th Avenue to Rodick Road.
 
 Yonge Street from Kirk Drive to north of Langstaff Road: One northbound lane closed.
 
 Bathurst Street south of Highway 407: One southbound lane is closed.
 
Numerous intersections are also affected due to power outages.
 
Motorists are reminded to treat intersections with no power to traffic signals as four-way stops.
 
It is expected that power will be restored by 9 p.m. tonight; however, cleanup of downed hydro poles may take significantly longer.  York Region will send an update when all roadways are clear.
 
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Media Contact: Ken Turriff, Corporate Communications, York Region
 Phone: (905) 830-4444 / toll-free 1-877-464-9675, Ext. 1226
 Cell: (905) 251-6415 / Email: ken.turriff@york.ca

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