Progress Update

The City of Markham has published a second notice, “Safety Awareness Program and Implementation of Train Anti-Whistling Update’ .

All directly affected residents, business owners, schools, places of worship, community centres, York Region, Police Services and Emergency Medical Services within Markham have also received a copy of this notice.

This is a follow-up to a notice first distributed in 2018.

Implementation Phase

The City of Markham has worked with Metrolinx on the implementation phase of the train anti-whistling program at two (2) additional rural at-grade locations (14. Elgin Mills Road, 16. 19th Avenue). This implementation will be in addition to 13 locations that are completed and fully-operational.

Train Anti-Whistling Implementation Location Map

The tables below highlights the locations of the anti-whistling program, which phase the anti-whistling will be implemented in and the new features installed as part of the program.

York Region

At-Grade Crossing Number
York Region At-Grade Crossing
New Features Installed
1
Kennedy Road South
Pedestrian Warning Signal
3
Highway 7
Pedestrian Warning Signal
6
Kennedy Road North
Maze Barrier
7
McCowan Road
Pedestrian Warning Signal
10
16th Avenue
Maze Barrier
13
Major Mackenzie Drive
Maze Barrier
15 Ninth Line (In-Progress) Safety Signage and Line Painting

City of Markham

At-Grade Crossing Number
City of Markham At-Grade Crossing
New Features Installed
2
Denison Street
Pedestrian Warning Signal
4
Eureka Street
Maze Barrier
5
Main Street Unionville
Maze Barrier
8
Snider Drive
Maze Barrier
9
Main Street Markham
Tactile Plates, Signage, Painted Lines
11
Bur Oak Avenue
Pedestrian Warning Signal
12
Castlemore Avenue
Maze Barrier
14 Elgin Mills Road Safety Signage and Line Painting
16 19th Avenue Safety Signage and Line Painting

Safety Awareness

The Safety Awareness stage of the program promotes the new features installed at 15 completed at-grade crossings.

In addition to the aforementioned Notice, the information provided is to inform the public of the changes at the specific crossings and to be conscious of the signs, and visual and audible markers for safety at the crossing, in the absence of a train whistle, and cross the tracks in minimal time in a safe and efficient manner.

These crossings have been upgraded with either new maze barriers or pedestrian warning system gates, with the exception of "14. Elgin Mills Road" and "16. 19th Avenue" locations. Both of these locations have existing vehicular gates and updated line painted and signage.

December 2021 Update

The City of Markham has completed the implementation of the Train Anti-Whistling program at two (2) rural at-grade crossings along the Stouffville GO line:

  • Elgin Mills Road
  • 19th Avenue

The City of Markham is working closely with York Region and Metrolinx in finalizing the design and construction of the program at Ninth Line crossing.

January 2021 Update

Train Anti-Whistling has now been implemented at these 13 locations:

  • Major Mackenzie Drive
  • Castlemore Avenue
  • 16th Avenue
  • Main Street Markham
  • Snider Drive
  • Kennedy Road North
  • Main Street Unionville
  • Eureka Stree
  • Highway 7
  • Denison Street
  • Kennedy Road South
  • Bur Oak Avenue
  • McCowan Road

July 2020 Update

Markham is working to complete the remaining phase of the Train Anti-Whistling project.

The following three rural crossings are the last remaining locations in the project, which are currently in the final design stage:

  • Elgin Mills Road
  • 9th Line
  • 19th Avenue

The steps required to complete the work at these locations include:

  • Finalize design
  • Tender project for construction
  • Construct at each rural crossing
  • Address any outstanding deficiencies with York Region and Metrolinx prior to implementing train anti-whistling at these locations.

November 2019 Update

Markham and York Region have been working closely with Metrolinx to implement train anti-whistling at the public at-grade train crossings along the Stouffville GO Line. Train anti-whistling has now been implemented at the following locations:

  • Major Mackenzie Drive
  • Castlemore Avenue
  • 16th Avenue
  • Main Street Markham
  • Snider Drive
  • Kennedy Road North
  • Main Street Unionville
  • Eureka Stree
  • Highway 7
  • Denison Street
  • Kennedy Road South

Bur Oak Avenue and McCowan Road Crossing works are now complete, and Markham and York Region are working with Metrolinx to address the remaining deficiency in order to implement train anti-whistling at these locations.

August 2019 Update

  • Contractor has completed the work on Highway 7 crossing.
  • Contractor has completed the underground cable work at Denison Street crossing. Pedestrian signals are now commissioned. Sidewalk and paving work to be completed.
  • City has been working with Metrolinx and Contractor to clean up deficiencies for the above noted locations, in order to implement train anti-whistling.

August 7, 2019 Update

  • Contractor has completed the work on Bur Oak Ave, McCowan Road, Kennedy Road South and 16th Avenue crossing. Contractor to complete remaining work on Highway 7 crossing.
  • Contractor is currently working on the underground cable work at Denison Street crossing. Pedestrian signal work to commernce upon completion of the underground works.
  • City has been working with Metrolinx and Contractor to clean up deficiencies for the above noted locations, in order to implement train anti-whistling.

June 7, 2019 Update 

  • Contractor has completed signs and pavement markings at Bur Oak Ave. and 16th Ave. crossing.
  • Contractor has commissioned pedestrian gates at Highway 7 and Kennedy Road South crossing.
  • Contractor has installed warning signs at Kennedy Road crossing.

May 10, 2019 update

  • Contractor has installed maze barrier on north and south side of 16th Ave crossing
  • Contractor has completed the underground cabling work at Kennedy Road S crossing
  • Contractor has commissioned the pedestrian gate at Bur Oak Ave and McCowan Road crossing

April 12, 2019 Update

  • Contractor has installed warning signs at McCowan Road and Highway 7.
  • Contractor has installed new sidewalk on the south side of Highway 7 Crossing.
  • Contractor has completed signal bungalow work at McCowan Road and Bur Oak Avenue Crossing in preparation for pedestrian gate commissioning.

March 22, 2019 update

  • Contractor has installed pedestrian gate at McCowan Road Crossing.
  • Contractor has begun the underground cabling installation at Kennedy Road south crossing.
  • Contractor has begun the work at signal bungalow for Bur Oak Avenue and McCowan Road crossing.

March 8, 2019 Update

  • Contractor has installed underground cabling and pedestrian gate foundation at McCowan Road Crossing.

February 22, 2019 Update

  • Contractor has begun to install the underground cabling at McCowan Road crossing.
  • Contractor has installed pedestrian gate foundation and post at Highway 7 crossing.

February 8, 2019 Update (Progress up to February 1)

  • Contractor has begun to install the underground cabling at Highway 7 Crossing.
  • Field work for the week of January 28 was cancelled due to extreme cold weather.

January 21, 2019 Update (Progress up to January 18)

Contractor has completed the following at Bur Oak Avenue crossing:

  • Erection of 4 pedestrian gates
  • Installation of signage and pavement marking

January 7, 2019 Update

Due to the holidays, no work was undertaken in the last 2 weeks.

December 24, 2018 Update

Contractor has completed the following at Bur Oak Avenue crossing:

  • Assembly of pedestrian gates (off site)
  • Directional drilling under roadway and tracks, conduits and cable installation (some work was conducted at night)
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