April 24, 2008
Media release

The Regional Municipality of York approves additional safety features for Davis Drive West


Upgrades to roadway to include option for two traffic signals
NEWMARKET –The Regional Municipality of York has approved a number of safety features along Davis Drive West (formerly Highway 9) that includes the option for two new traffic signals.  The new features are designed to allow more convenient access and provide enhanced safety for all users of the road.
 
“Davis Drive West is a busy road.  Access has become increasingly difficult for residents and motorists due to an increase in traffic volume,” said York Region Chairman and CEO Bill Fisch.  “This also creates challenges for motorists merging comfortably into traffic.  Improvements to the roadway will help allow access from several streets and improve safety for all drivers.”
 
York Regional Council has recommended two locations for traffic signals:
 
• At the intersection of Keele Street and Davis Drive West
• At the entrance to Cardinal Golf Club, between Jane Street and Keele Street
 
The signals at Keele Street are contingent upon funding from the Township of King.  The signals at Cardinal Golf Club are contingent upon funding from the golf course.
 
“It is extremely important to ensure access to this important Regional road for local residents as well as motorists travelling through our communities,” said Whitchurch-Stouffville Mayor Wayne Emmerson, Chair of the Region’s Transportation and Works Committee.  “The proposed traffic signals and road improvements on Davis Drive West will be a benefit to local travellers and inter-Regional travellers alike.” 
 
As part of the overall safety improvements, York Regional Council has also approved the following for Davis Drive West:
 
• “Intersection ahead” signs to be installed at the north and south approaches of Jane Street, Keele Street and Dufferin Street
• Flashing amber beacons for the sign at Dufferin Street
• Centreline “rumble strips” from Glenview Heights Lane to 580 metres east of the south leg of Dufferin Street
• A speed reduction from 80 km/h to 60 km/h between Bathurst Street and Eagle Street
• New pavement markings to assist in reducing speeds
• A request to the Ministry of Transportation to modify the south-east ramp from Highway 400 to Davis Drive West
 

The safety improvements are part of a number of new features added to the roadway since the Region conducted an analysis in October and November 2007.  Other safety features approved in December 2007 included:
 
• Regular use of York Regional Police patrols on the roadway, including monitoring by aircraft
• The use of speed indicator signs to inform drivers of their speeds
• Increased signage, indicating penalties for speeding
• Re-naming Highway 9 to Davis Drive West to reflect this is not a provincial roadway
 
As part of the overview of safety features on Davis Drive West, York Regional Council will also reconsider our traffic signal warrant policy for Regional roads.  This review will focus on access to Regional roads in the more rural areas of York Region.  The review is anticipated to be brought for Regional Council consideration in June.
 
If York Region’s traffic signal warrant policy is modified, the Region will consider reimbursing the cost of the Keele Street signals to the Township of King, should they move forward with funding their installation.
 
 
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Media Contact: Michael Kemp, Corporate Communications, York Region
 Phone:  905 830-4444, ext. 1232 or Cell 905 251-6419
 Email: michael.kemp@york.ca

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