There’s no need to get philosophical about what a new street that provides a convenient connection to Allstate Parkway Business District will mean to commuters, including pedestrians and cyclists.
Aristotle Avenue – named after the famous Greek philosopher and scientist – provides a direct connection from Hwy. 404 and Hwy. 7 to the business district and will alleviate heavy traffic congestion in one of the region’s most intensive employment areas.
“This road is vital infrastructure, needed to tackle the No. 1 issue facing residents in York Region,” says Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti. “It will relieve congestion along Hwy. 7 and provide a safe option for cyclists and pedestrians. It has set a precedent as to how we can work together and achieve solutions for multi-jurisdictional projects.”
Aristotle Avenue links the northbound Hwy. 404 off-ramp to Norman Bethune Avenue, a new four-lane road with a bridge built over Hwy. 404 just north of Hwy. 7. It includes on-street bike lanes, sidewalks, trees, street lighting and traffic signals where it connects with Centurian Drive/Allstate Parkway on the east in Markham and East Pearce Street/East Beaver Creek Road on the west in Richmond Hill.
“Improving transportation options and connecting our community with other parts of the GTA are top priorities for Richmond Hill,” says Richmond Hill Mayor Dave Barrow. “This new flyover creates a much-needed connection between our heavily-populated employment areas and will improve the movement of drivers, cyclists and pedestrians through the area.”
During morning and evening rush hours, this transportation network improvement will allow about 500 to 700 vehicles per hour to detour away from the busy intersection at Hwy. 7 and Hwy. 404. It will significantly reduce delays due to traffic congestion and will improve overall safety conditions for all road users. The $58-million project was jointly funded by the City of Markham, the Regional Municipality of York and the Town of Richmond Hill. Construction began in spring 2016 with is expected to be fully complete this fall.
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