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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Bus-only and Bicycle Lanes
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Construction Update -
Harwood Avenue to Salem Road Contract -


Bus-only and bicycle lanes open.

September 4, 2014: Construction within the Harwood Avenue to Salem Road section of Highway 2 (Kingston Road) is substantially completed and all lanes are open for use.  Check out the FAQ’s section of this website to understand driver and cyclist responsibilities related to bicycle lanes and bus-only lanes.

Construction Update -
Harwood Avenue to Salem Road Contract -


Night paving preparation and scheduling.

July 23, 2014: Miwel Construction and their paving subcontractor Crupi have made significant progress with placement of top course asphalt. They will be continuing tonight and expect to finish tomorrow night, July 24-25.

Construction Update -
Harwood Avenue to Salem Road Contract -


Night paving preparation and scheduling.

July 21, 2014: Miwel Construction and sub-contractor Crupi & Sons will be doing night paving on Monday night, July 21 from 7 pm to 6 am installing surface course asphalt at intersections within the Harwood Avenue to Salem Road contract limits. Weather permitting, night paving will continue on the night of July 22 and if required, finish on July 23.

During night paving operations, traffic lanes are closed to allow paving and roadway capacity is significantly reduced. The work is completed at night because traffic volumes are lighter than during the daytime. However, delays may still occur and drivers are encouraged to select alternate routes.

Construction Update -
Harwood Avenue to Salem Road Contract -


Night paving preparation and scheduling.

July 18, 2014: Miwel Construction will be working Sat, July 19 from 6am to 1 pm installing vehicle detection loops at various locations along Hwy 2 near Salem Road and Harwood Ave., in preparation for night paving, tentatively scheduled for July 21 to 23.

Construction Update -
Harwood Avenue to Salem Road Contract -


Night paving, traffic signal construction and south side roadworks.

July 7, 2014: Miwel Construction and electrical sub-contractor AGI are proceeding with construction of bus-only lanes and bicycle lanes on Highway 2 (Kingston Road) from west of Harwood Avenue to east of Salem Road. Current construction activity includes: 1) Highway 2 median island realignment between Costco entrance signal and Salem Road, 2) installation of underground electrical ducts and traffic signals, 3) installation of concrete sidewalk and interlocking brick pavers at intersection islands, 4) night work at the Highway 2 and Harwood Avenue intersection including permanent restoration of the watermain crossing trenches, and 5) grinding asphalt surface on existing lanes to prepare for new surface asphalt and new lane markings.

Roadwork construction is expected to continue until August 2014. The westbound Highway 2 bus-only lane and bicycle lane from east of Salem Road to west of Harwood Avenue was opened in December 2013.

Class EA Addendum Update -
Highway 2 Transit Priority Measures Class Environmental Assessment -


Notice of Class EA Addendum Public Information Centres - June 24 (Ajax) and June 25 (Pickering)

June 5, 2014: The Region is preparing an Addendum to the Highway 2 Transit Priority Measures Class EA, the purpose of which is to provide details regarding the following proposed design changes (please refer to detail map in Newsletter 6): 1) modifications (north-south widening) at the intersections of Highway 2 (Kingston Rd.) and Westney Rd. in Ajax, and Liverpool Rd. and Whites Rd. in Pickering, and 2) modifications (widening) along Highway 2, through the CN Rail underpass in Pickering to provide continuous dedicated travel lanes, for BRT and cyclists in both directions.

On June 24 (at Ajax Town Hall) and June 25 (Pickering City Hall) from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m., Durham will host Public Information Centre (PIC) events to consult with the public regarding this Addendum. The PICs will be held in an open house format to present the proposed design changes and provide an opportunity for you to review a series of display material and discuss these changes with representatives from the study team. The PICs will also include information related to the construction activities being implemented as part of the project. The same information will be presented at each PIC event. Newsletter 6, providing details about the PICs is here.

In March 2012, the Regional Municipality of Durham completed a Schedule ‘C’ Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (Class EA) study to implement roadway modifications within three “transit priority opportunity areas” along Highway 2 (Kingston Rd.) for the first stage of Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) service in Ajax and Pickering. An Environmental Study Report (ESR) was prepared as part of the study and made available for public, agency and other stakeholder review. The ESR recommended the widening of Highway 2 for dedicated transit in curb lanes with buffered on-road bicycle lanes within the three transit priority opportunity areas. The ESR was approved September 5, 2012. The ESR is available for viewing under the ESR tab on this website homepage.

Construction Update -
Harwood Avenue to Salem Road Contract -


Concrete sidewalk construction and south side roadworks.

June 5, 2014: Miwel Construction and new electrical sub-contractor AGI are proceeding with construction of bus-only lanes and bicycle lanes on Highway 2 (Kingston Road) from west of Harwood Avenue to east of Salem Road. Current construction activity includes: 1) installation of underground electrical ducts on the north and south sides of Highway 2, 2) installation of concrete sidewalk and permanent traffic signals at intersection islands on the north side of Hwy 2, and 3) construction of the eastbound bus-only lane and bicycle lane starting at the west limit near Best Buy and working easterly.

Roadwork construction is expected to continue until August 2014. The westbound Highway 2 bus-only lane and bicycle lane from east of Salem Road to west of Harwood Avenue was opened in December 2013.

Construction Update -
Harwood Avenue to Salem Road Contract -


Concrete sidewalk construction and south side roadworks.

May 6, 2014: Miwel Construction and sub-contractor Stacey Electric are proceeding with construction of bus-only lanes and bicycle lanes on Highway 2 (Kingston Road) from west of Harwood Avenue to east of Salem Road. Current construction activity includes: 1) installation of underground electrical ducts on the north and south sides of Highway 2, 2) installation of concrete sidewalk / multi use path on the north side of Hwy 2 west of Harwood Avenue and along the north side at intersections where temporary asphalt sidewalk was installed in December, and 3) excavation for the eastbound bus-only lane and bicycle lane starting at the west limit near Best Buy and working easterly.

Roadwork construction is expected to continue until August 2014. The westbound Highway 2 bus-only lane and bicycle lane from east of Salem Road to west of Harwood Avenue was opened in December 2013.

Construction Update -
Harwood Avenue to Salem Road Contract -


Traffic signal work at Best Buy signal west of Harwood Avenue.

March 11, 2014: Miwel Construction advises that sub-contractor Stacey Electric is beginning electrical installation work on March 12, starting with installation of the temporary traffic signal at the Best Buy/Superstore signal on Highway 2 west of Harwood Avenue. They will continue with installation of underground electrical ducts and streetlighting. Construction of the eastbound bus-only lane and bicycle lane from west of Harwood Avenue to east of Salem Road is planned to start in May. The roadwork construction, with greater impact to existing traffic flow, will continue until August 2014. The corresponding westbound Highway 2 bus-only lane and bicycle lane from east of Salem Road to west of Harwood Avenue was opened in December 2013.

Construction Update -
Harwood Avenue to Salem Road Contract -


Westbound Bus-only Lane Open from Salem Road to Harwood Avenue.

December 23, 2013: Miwel Construction has now opened the westbound Highway 2 bus-only lane and bicycle lane from east of Salem Road to west of Harwood Avenue. This Bus-only lane is the first road construction providing faster and more reliable Highway 2 Pulse bus service between downtown Oshawa and the University of Toronto Scarborough Campus, where connections can be made to TTC buses. In late winter 2014 sub-contractor Stacey Electric will return to install underground electrical ducts and streetlighting. In spring and summer 2014 the eastbound Highway 2 Bus-only lane and bicycle lane will be built from Harwood Avenue to Salem.

Construction Update -
Harwood Avenue to Salem Road Contract -


Westbound Bus-only Lane Opens from Salem Road to Harwood Avenue.

December 13, 2013: Miwel Construction has now opened the westbound Highway 2 bus-only lane and bicycle lane from east of Salem Road to west of Harwood Avenue. This Bus-only lane is the first road construction providing faster and more reliable Highway 2 Pulse bus service between downtown Oshawa and the University of Toronto Scarborough Campus, where connections can be made to TTC buses. Watermain construction, connecting to the existing system, continues just west of Harwood Avenue and is planned to be completed shortly. Construction of the remaining temporary asphalt sidewalk between Harwood Avenue and the Best Buy traffic signal is planned for the week of December 16. In spring and summer 2014 the eastbound Highway 2 Bus-only lane and bicycle lane will be built from Harwood Avenue to Salem Road.

Construction Update -
Harwood Avenue to Salem Road Contract -


Westbound Bus-only Lane Opens at Salem Road.

December 9, 2013: The Contractor, Miwel Construction, has opened to bus and bicycle traffic the westbound Highway 2 Bus-only lane and bicycle lane through the Salem Road traffic signal. This lane opening is the first road construction providing faster and more reliable Highway 2 Pulse bus service between downtown Oshawa and the University of Toronto Scarborough Campus, where connections can be made to TTC buses. The remainder of the westbound Highway 2 segment from Salem Road to Harwood Avenue is nearing completion. Paving and lane marking construction continues at Harwood Avenue. The contractor is also continuing with construction, weather permitting, of the westbound segment from Harwood Avenue westerly to the Best Buy traffic signal. In spring and summer 2014 the eastbound Highway 2 Bus-only lane and bicycle lane will be built from Harwood Avenue to Salem Road.

Construction Update -
Harwood Avenue to Salem Road Contract

December 3, 2013: The Contractor, Miwel Construction, is facilitating Region of Durham testing of the new watermain installed along Highway 2 from Harwood Avenue westerly to near the Real Canadian Superstore. The new westbound Bus-only lane and bicycle lane are nearing completion for the segment from east of Salem Road to Harwood Avenue. Paving and lane marking is substantially completed. Sign installation and traffic signal modifications at Harwood Avenue continue. The contractor is continuing with construction, weather permitting, of the segment from Harwood Avenue westerly to the Best Buy traffic signal.

Construction Update -
Harwood Avenue to Salem Road Contract

November 15, 2013: The Contractor, Miwel Construction, has completed the Harwood Avenue watermain road crossing and next will cross Highway 2, planned as night work during the week of November 18-22. Night work will involve lane restrictions (one lane in each direction) so that traffic in both directions is routed on one side of the centre median. During night work, some driveways, such as to the gas station, will be obstructed, but only at night and only on one road at a time. Road widening construction continues on the north side of Highway 2 and the electrical sub-contractor, Stacey Electric, is still installing temporary traffic signals.

Construction Update -
Harwood Avenue to Salem Road Contract

October 31, 2013: The Contractor, Miwel Construction, is preparing for watermain road crossings at Harwood Avenue and Highway 2, planned as night work during the week of November 11-15.  Night work will involve lane restrictions (one lane in each direction) so that traffic in both directions is routed on one side of the centre median.  This methodology will be applied to Harwood Avenue first and then Highway 2 after the Harwood Avenue crossing is completed.  During night work, some driveways, such as to the gas station, will be obstructed, but only at night and only on one road at a time.  Road widening construction continues on the north side of Highway 2 and the electrical sub-contractor, Stacey Electric, is still installing temporary traffic signals.  Following placement of new curb this week, fill in curb sections at driveways and catchbasin setbacks will follow, along with grading of the gravel surface in preparation for paving.

Construction Update -
Harwood Avenue to Salem Road Contract

October 17, 2013: The Contractor, Miwel Construction, is installing new watermain in the north boulevard of Highway 2 (Kingston Road), west of Harwood Avenue.  On the night of October 17-18 Miwell will be working overnight to install watermain through the Best Buy/Superstore driveway.  Access in and out will be available at the traffic light until 11pm and part-time until 6:30 am.  At all times, the unsignalized entrance west of the signal will be open. Meanwhile, roadworks construction on the north side of Highway 2 continues and the electrical sub-contractor, Stacey Electric is continuing with installation of temporary traffic signals. Next week watermain construction will continue in an easterly direction toward Harwood Avenue and road widening construction will continue on the north side on Highway 2 (westbound lanes) between Salem Road and Harwood Avenue.

Construction Update -
Harwood Avenue to Salem Road Contract

October 4, 2013: The Contractor, Miwel Construction, is exposing utilities and preparing for roadworks construction on the north side of Highway 2 (Kingston Road). The electrical sub-contractor, Stacey Electric is continuing with installation of temporary traffic signals. Next week watermain construction will begin on the north boulevard west of Harwood Avenue and road widening construction will begin on the north side (westbound lanes) between Salem Road and Harwood Avenue.

Construction Update -
Harwood Avenue to Salem Road Contract

September 27, 2013: The Contractor, Miwel Construction, has completed installing new catchbasins on the north side of Highway 2 (Kingston Road). The electrical sub-contractor, Stacey Electric is continuing with installation of temporary traffic signals.

Public Information Centre September 12 as construction begins on the Harwood-Salem segment.

August 29, 2013: The Region of Durham has begun construction of Bus-only lanes and buffered on-road bicycle lanes in the Harwood-Salem segment. Click to learn more.

Environmental Study Report (ESR)
Filed for Public Review

March 30, 2012: The Highway 2 Transit Priority Measures Class EA study (ESR) has been completed and is filed for public review and comment until May 7, 2012. Click to learn more.

Steering Committee selects Preferred Design

February 14, 2012: The Highway 2 Transit Priority Measures Class EA Steering Committee has selected the Preferred Design alternative. This alternative matches the Recommended Design presented to the public in October, 2011 except that the north - south widenings shown on Whites Road, Liverpool Road and Westney Road will be excluded from this Class EA approval and will be studied further separately. The Steering Committee reviewed all input received regarding the alternative designs and found that widening Highway 2 within the transit priority opportunity areas from 4 to 6 lanes, with the additional lanes to be used for curb side Bus-only operation, plus buffered cycling lanes, was the preferred alternative for construction as Phase 1 of improved transit facilities in Ajax and Pickering.

New Bus Rapid Transit Service: DRT Pulse

January 19, 2012: Durham Region Transit announced that the new Highway 2 Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Service will be called the DRT Pulse (click to view press release).

Region of Durham hosts 2nd round of PICs

October 22 and 29, 2011: The Region of Durham hosted a second round of Public Information Centres (PICs) to present and discuss the evaluation of design options on Highway 2 in three “transit priority opportunity areas” in Ajax and Pickering. Based on its analysis which were presented at the PICs – and in support of improving transit service and cycling opportunities along the corridor - the Region recommended a design that included curbside bus-only lanes with on-road buffered bicycle lanes. (See below - click to comment)

 

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