Current and Upcoming Construction Projects in UpTown Waterloo
King Street Streetscape
Phase II (Bridgeport Rd. to Elgin St.)
As of April 1, King Street will be closed to vehicular traffic between Bridgeport Road and Elgin Street until August 2019. Construction will begin at Elgin, working towards Young Street. In May, the work will continue from Young Street to Bridgeport Road.
King Street traffic will be re-routed along University Avenue, Regina Street and Erb Street (and Weber Street for large vehicles). Side street accesses across King Street will also have to be closed during much of the work. At least one lane of traffic will always be maintained along Bridgeport Road through the King Street intersection. During final paving and pavement markings, the Bridgeport intersection will have to be fully closed but this work will occur during overnight hours mid-week.
Pedestrian access will be maintained to businesses at all times except when short-term closures and pedestrian detours are required – during non-peak times of the day for concrete sidewalk placement or new services work across building entrances.
Signage will in place on nearby streets indicating Local Traffic Only. The BIA has also asked the Region to post signs indicating that businesses are open.
Phase One Enhancements
As you may be aware, in February, Regional Council approved enhancements to the bike lanes, which will include the placement of additional signage and markings as well flexible bollards on both sides of King Street where vehicles have been encroaching into the bike lanes. For Phase One of the King Street project (ION tracks to Bridgeport), these signs, markings and bollards will be installed in the summer of 2019. For Phase Two (Bridgeport to Central), they will be installed later in the year.
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.
Albert Street Reconstruction
This project is a full reconstruction of Albert St. from Erb to Bridgeport.
At the end of 2018, the City of Waterloo’s contractor for this project, Sierra Infrastructure, installed road base, curbs and base asphalt, and completed water services connections, sidewalk, driveway aprons, landscaping and cleanup. Unfortunately, the contraflow cycling lane has not been completed due to the inclement weather experienced this past fall. The contraflow cycling lane has been filled with granular material over the winter and will be completed first thing in the spring of 2019. See a rendering of the plan here.
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 2019, 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.