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Newmarket's historic Keith Bridge focus of 5-month work project

The bridge remains safe to use, and heritage repairs to noted defects will be carried out under warranty of original contractor
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The Keith Bridge on Davis Drive, east of the Tannery Mall. File photo/NewmarketToday

York Region Rapid Transit Corporation (YRRTC) today announced a detailed work plan aimed at addressing cracking and delamination on the barrier walls next to the sidewalks on the Keith Bridge in Newmarket.

The historic Keith Bridge is located along the Davis Drive rapidway, close to The Tannery, just east of historic Main Street.

“Following the past three winter seasons, we’ve been conducting detailed investigations to understand the root cause, and how to best rectify the situation under our warranty inspection process,” said Liza Sheppard, Director, Bus Rapid Transit Program for York Region Rapid Transit Corporation.

“While the bridge remains safe to use, we’ve been working with our original contractor to create a work plan that will rectify these deficiencies, while respecting the heritage and significance of the bridge to our community," Sheppard said. "This work is expected to commence next week and will be completed under the warranty period established by the original constructor, meaning we’re getting the quality we wanted and have paid for.”

When completed, the Keith Bridge will include the same architectural features as you see today, including replica period light fixtures and poles, heritage-style concrete walls, and Newmarket’s plaques that reflect the community’s heritage.

More information about the warranty work, including a list of Frequently Asked Questions, can be accessed here.

York Region Rapid Transit Corporation (YRRTC) is responsible for the planning, design and construction of the full vivaNext rapid transit network and related infrastructure to deliver on the transit priorities set out in the York Region Transportation Master Plan. YRRTC is a wholly-owned subsidiary and share capital corporation of The Regional Municipality of York. For more information, please visit

The Regional Municipality of York consists of nine local cities and towns, and provides a variety of programs and services to 1.2 million residents and 52,000 businesses with 636,000 employees.

More information about the Region’s key service areas is available at here.