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.
On Monday May 14th, work is scheduled to begin to complete all of the “surface amenities” including the new bike lanes, decorative paving stones and planter pots, new street trees, as well as benches and garbage receptacles.
This work will require 6-8 weeks to complete. Some of the work will be done during overnight hours and some of the work will be done on weekends. In addition, the work will be stopped at 5:00 pm each day to allow traffic to be fully re-opened on King Street during evening business hours.
In addition, in early August during overnight hours, the top layer of asphalt and final pavement markings are scheduled to be completed.
Pedestrian and Traffic Impacts
Sidewalks and pedestrian access to businesses will be maintained at all times, although there will be times when pedestrian detours are needed to allow for work at the corners of intersections. Portions of the work will require that one direction of traffic on King Street be diverted during working hours. However, two-way traffic will be reinstated at the end of each day and when work is not occurring.
As much as practically possible, the work will be 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
In 2018, the City of Waterloo will undertake a reconstruction project on Albert Street between Erb Street and Bridgeport. This project is expected to be a full road closure for underground service repair and replacement, and surface streetscaping, and will last approximately four months. Access to local businesses will be maintained. This project is currently out to tender and once the tender closes and a contractor has been selected, the City will confirm a start date.
Erb Street West Reconstruction
The Region is aiming to begin construction of Erb Street from Menno Street to 100m west of Caroline Street on Monday, May 7, 2018. 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.