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Newmarket downtown parking taking hit during GO track work

Construction getting underway for future rail train expansion, 60 downtown spots unavailable from Feb. 20 to April.

Newmarket’s downtown will temporarily lose some parking spots as electrical work gets underway around the train tracks this week. 

Crews will be present moving utilities on Timothy Street and Doug Duncan Drive along the tracks. NT Power and Metrolinx are working to relocate existing electricity lines across the train tracks to allow for future GO transit expansion.

The work will last until April. Although disruption will be minimal to start, the town said 60 parking spots will be impacted from Feb. 20 until April.

“The town is working on additional parking accommodations in downtown Newmarket and will provide details as soon as possible,” the municipality said. 

The work will be completed in phases starting this week, with crews using three to four parking spaces along Doug Duncan Drive until Feb 19.

“From Jan. 23 until mid-February, there will be very little impact and disruption,” the municipality said.

But work will ramp up Feb. 20. Fencing will be added to the area on the north side of the Riverwalk Commons and approximately 60 parking spots will be impacted until April. Although the parking lot by the tennis courts will be accessible, there will be a one-lane closure on Doug Duncan Drive, with traffic only flowing southbound.

Phases two and three of this project are scheduled for fall 2023 and beyond. The town will share information about these phases closer to the date. 

Construction is also happening at other train crossings in town. Starting in February, work will occur at the Green Lane South railway crossing, where the community can expect noise and limited sidewalk access.

“Every effort will be made to minimize disruption as much as possible,” the town said.

There may be planned power outages during construction, and NT Power will notify people affected.

The GO expansion project will provide more frequent two-way, all-day train service on the Barrie Line.

For more information, contact Metrolinx community engagement and issues specialist Giuliana Ferraro at giuliana.ferraro@metrolinx.com