Yonge and Wellington Intersection Upgrade

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We’re upgrading the intersection of Yonge and Wellington to improve safety and sightlines for motorists, cyclists and pedestrians.

The work includes:

  • Construction of a new southbound right turn lane*
  • Replacement of traffic signals
  • Replacement of sidewalk bays and sections of curb
  • Roadway repaving
  • Refresh of rainbow sidewalk

*By adding a new right-hand turn lane, this will also allow for a dedicated left-hand turn lane, leaving the centre lane for motorists to continue straight unimpeded.

Project Background

The intersection of Yonge Street and Wellington Street has long been the subject of traffic operational studies and initiatives. Wellington Street, including the signalized intersection, is under the jurisdiction of York Region. The section of Yonge Street, north and south of Wellington Street, is under the jurisdiction of the Town of Aurora. A York Region Traffic Operation Assessment Report recommended the construction of the Yonge Street southbound right turn lane to address the traffic congestion at this intersection.

A southbound right turn lane is warranted based on both AM and PM peak hour traffic volume and would benefit the intersection operation and safety. Staff will proceed with construction once the land is secured. Once construction is completed, staff will continue to monitor the intersection's operation and safety and update the signal timing plan as needed to ensure optimal performance.


We’re upgrading the intersection of Yonge and Wellington to improve safety and sightlines for motorists, cyclists and pedestrians.

The work includes:

  • Construction of a new southbound right turn lane*
  • Replacement of traffic signals
  • Replacement of sidewalk bays and sections of curb
  • Roadway repaving
  • Refresh of rainbow sidewalk

*By adding a new right-hand turn lane, this will also allow for a dedicated left-hand turn lane, leaving the centre lane for motorists to continue straight unimpeded.

Project Background

The intersection of Yonge Street and Wellington Street has long been the subject of traffic operational studies and initiatives. Wellington Street, including the signalized intersection, is under the jurisdiction of York Region. The section of Yonge Street, north and south of Wellington Street, is under the jurisdiction of the Town of Aurora. A York Region Traffic Operation Assessment Report recommended the construction of the Yonge Street southbound right turn lane to address the traffic congestion at this intersection.

A southbound right turn lane is warranted based on both AM and PM peak hour traffic volume and would benefit the intersection operation and safety. Staff will proceed with construction once the land is secured. Once construction is completed, staff will continue to monitor the intersection's operation and safety and update the signal timing plan as needed to ensure optimal performance.


  • Construction Update

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    The installation of the new Inclusive Pride Flag crosswalk has been scheduled for tomorrow (September 15) night.

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    Yonge Street and Wellington Street Intersection Improvements

    • There will be overnight paving work occurring on the nights of Wednesday August 24, Thursday August 25 and Friday August 26 between the hours of 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. Motorists are encouraged to avoid the intersection as use alternative routes if possible.

    Note: It is anticipated that some on-street parking will be impacted during the intersection resurfacing operations. As such, we request that businesses ask their customers to use the parking lots behind the Yonge Street businesses.

  • Contruction Update

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    Work is progressing smoothly!

    Work on the north west corner is expected to continue through next week and finish up the week of August 22nd.

    Intersection resurfacing is expected to commence the week of August 22nd. Part of the resurfacing work will occur at night to help limit the impact to traffic.

  • Construction Update

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    Work at Yonge and Wellington continues to progress.

    • The concrete sidewalk and curb replacement work is now complete at the south-east, south-west and north-east corners.
    • Removals and excavation work is now being carried out at the north-west corner for the right turn lane construction. The right turn lane construction is expected to continue for the next 2 to 3 weeks.

    Note: During the construction of the right turn lane over these next few weeks, it is anticipated that there will be times when pedestrian access will be restricted at the north-west corner. Pedestrians are advised to navigate around the intersection using the other three corners during those time.

  • Construction Update

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    Work at Yonge and Wellington continues to progress.

    Concrete work on the south-east corner of the intersection is now complete

    Southwest corner - The curb has been replaced and the first stage of the sidewalk replacement was poured yesterday (July 12th). The remainder of the sidewalk on the south-west corner is expected to be completed by the end of this week (July 15th)

    Important: Throughout the remainder of the week, there will be times when there is no pedestrian access to the crosswalks at the south-west corner of the intersection. Pedestrians are advised to navigate around the intersection using the other three (3) corners that are available.

  • Concrete Curb and Sidewalk Replacement

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    Concrete curb and sidewalk replacement work at the south-east corner of the intersection will commence on Monday June 27th.

    During the week of June 27th, it is anticipated that there will be times when there is no pedestrian access to the crosswalks from the south-east corner of the intersection. Pedestrians are advised to navigate around the intersection using the other three corners.

  • Construction Update

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    The work at the Yonge and Wellington intersection is now underway. The concrete bases for the new traffic signal poles were constructed last week and need about a week to cure. The installation of new traffic poles and the temporary traffic signal setup may commence later this week.

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