York Regional Road 48

York Regional Road 48

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Not to be confused with Highway 48/York Regional Road 68/Markham Road or the Old Markham By-Pass.


York Regional Road 48, or locally known as Donald Cousens Parkway, Don Cousens Parkway, informally DCP, is a new bypass arterial route in Markham, Ontario.

YRR48 was recently opened to traffic in late 2006, as a new by-pass replacing Old Markham By-Pass. The road begins on York Regional Road 25 (Major Mackenzie Drive), and the current terminus is south of the Parclo interchange with Highway 407 ETR near Copper Creek Drive.

In 2009, the section of Highway 48 between York Regional Road 73 to York Regional Road 25 was downloaded from the province to York Region. Portions of YRR48 are still under construction, extending it southward from Highway 407 to York Regional Road 69 later in 2008, forming the outline of the community Box Grove. A northern section of the YRR48 is planned from YRR25 to Highway 48, its completion will result in the decommissioning of the provincial designation Highway 48 between YRR25 and YRR48, thus making Highway 48/YRR48 a continuous route.

YRR48 is intended to relieve north-south traffic congestion on York Regional Road 68 and York Regional Road 69 (Ninth Line), with signage suggesting that drivers to use YRR48 as alternate route. The road is also responsible for the rapid growth of the new community of Cornell.

The portion of completed road is paved with two lanes per direction, with a grass median divider. Between York Regional Road 73 and Highway 7, YRR48...
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