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Current and Upcoming Construction Projects in UpTown Waterloo


Albert Street Reconstruction

This project is a full reconstruction of Albert St. from Erb to Bridgeport, lasting approx. four months.

Construction began on this project in July. Access to businesses on Albert Street will remain throughout the duration of construction (which will last into November). While construction is ongoing, access locations may vary depending along which section of Albert Street the contractor is working.

Asphalt on Albert Street has been removed for the excavation and replacement of underground infrastructure, and will remain on gravel surface well into the fall. Travel along Albert Street between Dupont and Bridgeport will be limited to vehicles directly accessing businesses located along this section of Albert.

Some general information regarding traffic control:

  • During the duration of this project, there will be a hard closure of Albert Street between Erb Street and Dupont Street. This area will be used as a staging area for contractor materials. 
  • Dupont Street will remain accessible to local traffic whenever possible. Therefore, vehicles will be able to cross Albert Street; however, there will be times when the intersection will be closed if the contractor is working within it.
  • Dorset Street will be converted to two-way traffic.
  • Albert Street will be converted to two-way traffic. Again, this is for local business access only. Through traffic will not be allowed on Albert Street. There will be occasions when access to Albert Street will be strictly from Bridgeport to Albert Street.

For more information about this project, please contact the City of 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 replaced underground infrastructure, improving sidewalks and amenity spaces along the street, and adding segregated lanes for cyclists.

The much-anticipated segregated bike lanes on King Street in UpTown Waterloo are now complete and ready for use by the public! These new bike lanes have been marked with cycling symbols and no parking signs have been installed along the corridor.

While the bike lanes are open and ready for use, work will continue on the cycling crossings at the intersections and are scheduled to be completed in August, 2018 when the final layer of road paving is in place. Green paint will be used to identify these cycling crossings to motorists and will further define the bike lanes when complete. These new cycling crossings are based on a relatively new design treatment called a protected intersection and will be the first in the Region of Waterloo and the Province.


Remember – No Parking on the Bike Lanes

For the safety of our cycling community, everyone is reminded not to park on these new cycling lanes. The City of Waterloo will be enforcing the no-parking bylaw along the new streetscape now that the bike lanes are complete and open for cycling.

There are many parking options in UpTown, and we encourage guests to review our Parking map to find a parking spot.

We thank you in advance for your cooperation as we strive to make UpTown a walkable, bikeable and safe place to live, play and work.

For more information about the project, please visit the Streetscape page on the City of Waterloo website.



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 this project, 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.

For more information about ION, visit, email or call the construction hotline: 1-844-625-1010.