Current and Upcoming Construction Projects in UpTown Waterloo
King Street Streetscape
The King Street Streetscape improvement project on King Street North in UpTown Waterloo is a joint project between the City of Waterloo and Region of Waterloo, which is replacing underground infrastructure, improving sidewalks and amenity spaces along the street, and adding segregated lanes for cyclists.
This project recommenced in May 2018 and is on track to be completed in a series of stages over 8-10 weeks. Parking is limited, but vehicular traffic and pedestrian access has been maintained.
As of May 29, 2018, bike lanes have been poured on the west side and the Region is in the process of completing the paving stone work. East side work is scheduled to start the week of June 4, 2018 and the bike lanes should be completed by the end of June.
Work is stopped at 5:00 pm each day to allow traffic to be fully re-opened on King Street during evening business hours.
As much as practically possible, work is conducted with flagpersons directing traffic locally just around the work zone, which does not require a diversion of traffic off of King Street. The top surface paving in August will require a complete closure of King Street but this work will be done during overnight hours between Sunday evening and Thursday morning.
Parking on the Bike Lanes
The public has been permitted to park in the bike lane area on a temporary basis since last fall. Once the 2018 work is complete, the bike lanes will be for the exclusive use of cyclists. “No Parking” signs will be erected and bike symbols will be painted on the bike lanes. City By-law staff are currently posting notices on vehicles to advise motorists of the changes in parking on King Street.
For more information about the project, please visit the Streetscape page on the City of Waterloo website.
Albert Street Reconstruction
This project is a full reconstruction of Albert St. from Erb to Bridgeport, lasting approx. 4 months. Access to local businesses will be maintained during construction. The tender for this project closed the week of May 28. A contractor will be announced at Council in June, and work is scheduled to begin after July 1.
Erb Street West Reconstruction
Construction continues on Erb Street from Menno Street to 100m west of Caroline Street. The work of this contract includes replacement of the existing storm sewers and watermain pipes, concrete curbs sidewalks and street-lighting and pavement widening to accommodate a left-turn lane at Father David Bauer Drive and on-road cycle lanes. Two lanes of traffic will be maintained during construction (one in each direction). The Region is aiming for this project to be completed in August 2018.
For more information about these projects, please contact the City of Waterloo.
Past Construction Projects
ION Rapid Transit
The ION Rapid Transit construction in UpTown Waterloo has been completed. Light Rail Vehicle (LRV) testing began in January 2018.
Set to begin service in 2018, ION is the Region of Waterloo’s rapid transit system that will service Cambridge, Kitchener and Waterloo. ION will provide a frequent, reliable and convenient way to travel throughout the region. ION is part of a region-wide transit system that will connect rapid transit with a network of Grand River Transit (GRT) iXpress and local bus routes.