Brighton Street Reconstruction

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The City of Waterloo is proceeding with reconstruction works on Brighton Street from Noecker Street to Marshall Street. The scheduled work includes the replacement of sanitary sewers, storm sewers and watermains, as well as road reconstruction for the full extent of the project, including sidewalk. The award of the construction tender has now been approved by City of Waterloo Council. Weather permitting, construction will begin in April 2022, with substantial completion expected by late 2022.

Due to COVID-19, formal in person Public Information Centres (PICs) for this project will not be held. Instead, we offer this project page with general project information and frequently asked questions.

The final design has been completed for the Brighton Street Reconstruction Project. The contract has been tendered and awarded, and construction is anticipated to begin in April. Within the Project Library section of this webpage you can find the final engineering plans, as well a document titled Brighton Street - Resident Notification # 2 Letter, which provides further information related to the detailed design and construction. The details design and construction information is also readily available in the narrated presentation video, and transcribed in the Public Information Centre #2 section.

Please view the presentation video for details. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to the project team.

For hard copy requests, please contact any of the project team members identified in the Who's Listening section by phone or e-mail and provide your name and address.


The City of Waterloo is proceeding with reconstruction works on Brighton Street from Noecker Street to Marshall Street. The scheduled work includes the replacement of sanitary sewers, storm sewers and watermains, as well as road reconstruction for the full extent of the project, including sidewalk. The award of the construction tender has now been approved by City of Waterloo Council. Weather permitting, construction will begin in April 2022, with substantial completion expected by late 2022.

Due to COVID-19, formal in person Public Information Centres (PICs) for this project will not be held. Instead, we offer this project page with general project information and frequently asked questions.

The final design has been completed for the Brighton Street Reconstruction Project. The contract has been tendered and awarded, and construction is anticipated to begin in April. Within the Project Library section of this webpage you can find the final engineering plans, as well a document titled Brighton Street - Resident Notification # 2 Letter, which provides further information related to the detailed design and construction. The details design and construction information is also readily available in the narrated presentation video, and transcribed in the Public Information Centre #2 section.

Please view the presentation video for details. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to the project team.

For hard copy requests, please contact any of the project team members identified in the Who's Listening section by phone or e-mail and provide your name and address.


  • Public Information Centre #2

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    Due to COVID-19, a formal in person Public Information Centre (PIC) will not be held on these construction details. Instead, the City has prepared this information that was mailed to residents at the end of March. The information is also available for download.

    Dear: Resident/Owner/Tenant

    The intent of this Public Information Centre #2 is to inform you of the ultimate design decision reached for the Brighton Street Reconstruction and to provide information related to the upcoming construction activates.

    Due to COVID-19, a formal in person Public Information Centre (PIC) will not be held. In absence of the PIC, the City has prepared this information package detailing general project information during reconstruction. In addition to the material contained in the information package, and any other documents that would typically be presented at the PIC, such as the technical designs, will be posted starting April 5th, 2022 on the Engage Waterloo project website: (https://www.engagewr.ca/brighton-street).

    Scope of Works

    The following figure shows the scope of reconstruction works that will be completed:

    Full road reconstruction on Brighton Street from Marshall Street to Noecker Street, including new 1.8m sidewalk replacing existing sidewalk, new curb and gutter, and replacement of storm and sanitary sewers and watermain


    The works on Brighton Street will include replacement of all existing sewer mains, watermains and service laterals and full road reconstruction including concrete curb, sidewalk and asphalt roadway. The existing sanitary and water service laterals will be replaced from the new mains to the property line. In addition, the works will include replacement of driveway ramps, and restoration of all disturbed areas.

    Proposed Sidewalk

    As per City policy, the existing sidewalk will be replaced with a new 1.8m wide sidewalk has been included in the reconstruction works.

    Construction Details

    Who will be doing the work?

    A private contractor, Sousa Concrete, selected through the City’s public tender process will undertake the work (pending approval by the City of Waterloo Council).

    When will the works begin and how long will they take?

    Weather permitting, construction will commence on or about April 11th of 2022, with substantial completion by approximately August 1, 2022.

    How will the reconstruction affect me?

    In order to carry out this work, it will be necessary to close Brighton Street to non-local traffic. During road reconstruction, access to private property may be possible, but it will be at your own risk, as you will be traveling through a construction zone. During times that there is not access to your property, or if you do not wish to travel through the construction zone, alternate arrangements should be made for parking. Access to all properties within the construction area will be maintained as long as possible. When it becomes necessary to completely close off the street(s) to residential traffic, on-street parking permits will be issued by the City, allowing residents to park according to posted regulations on adjacent side streets. Permits can be obtained from the on-site inspector. Despite the overnight parking permits issued, residents are also still required to adhere to all other existing parking restrictions (i.e. don’t block driveways, no parking in front of fire hydrants, no parking where parking is already prohibited, etc.). The contractor will provide notice as to when access to your property will be limited and these times will be minimized as much as possible.

    The existing sidewalk is to remain in place for as long as possible.

    Will sanitary sewer and water services be interrupted?

    Sewer and water service will be maintained throughout the duration of construction. However, short interruptions can be expected, particularly when the services to individual properties are transferred from existing mains to the new mains. In the majority of cases, interruptions will be limited to a few hours and will occur during normal working hours. Advance notification will be provided where possible prior to any planned service interruption. During watermain reconstruction, a temporary above ground watermain may be installed. Each property will be connected from the temporary main to the curb stop at your property line. Access onto your property may be required to provide the temporary connection.

    How will disruptions be minimized?

    One issue of critical importance to the City of Waterloo is to have the work completed while minimizing disruption to the neighbourhood. Road reconstruction and underground servicing is disruptive and at times will create noise, vibration due to compaction and a potential for dust. To address these disruptions, water and calcium chloride are used for dust control and construction activity is limited to daylight hours between 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.

    Surface features existing on City property

    On some reconstruction projects we find that residents have constructed gardens, shrubs, hedges, retaining walls, and fences within the City road allowance. This is usually not a problem unless the existing services are below that particular feature, if there is a grade change, or if the roadway changes. In this case you will be asked to relocate the garden, hedge, etc. onto your property prior to construction taking place.

    Will blue box, green bin and garbage collection be affected?

    Blue box, green bin and garbage collection will be maintained throughout the duration of construction. When access is restricted by construction operations, the construction crew will place the blue boxes and refuse containers at a location accessible by the collection service on collection days.

    To minimize problems during construction, it would be appreciated if all refuse is bagged – Yard Waste in paper bags, Household Garbage in plastic bags. Please ensure that your address is clearly marked on containers / blue boxes.

    How will this affect private features, and what about vibrations?

    Please note, prior to the start of construction, the property owner is responsible for the removal of private features that they wish to be saved, that are located within the road allowance. This includes, but is not limited to, landscaping features (decorative stones, plants), lights, and sprinkler systems. The property owner is also responsible for the reinstatement of these once construction is complete.

    Building occupants will likely feel some vibrations during the routine operation of construction equipment; however, studies have shown that the vibrations to be experienced are much less than the vibration level required to cause structural damage. We do recommend that you remove light, fragile or delicate objects from shelves when construction activity is taking place adjacent to your property.

    In ground sprinkler system

    If you have a sprinkler system installed along the edge of the roadway within the City’s road allowance, please remove the piping prior to construction as the Contractor will not be responsible for damage and the City will not replace it. You may have it reinstalled on private property after construction is completed if you wish.

    Pre-Construction Survey

    A pre-construction survey of the homes directly adjacent to construction activities will be completed before construction begins. This survey will include the visual inspection and photographing of the foundation and other exterior features of your home to establish baseline conditions in the unlikely event that damage is caused during construction. The Contractor will contact individual homeowners separately to arrange property access.

    What is being done to ensure workers and members of the public are safe?

    The contractor will employ policies and procedures to protect the health and wellness of workers and the community in general as part of the contractor’s Health and Safety Plan. The contractor will adjust these policies and procedures in accordance with relevant Federal, Provincial and Regional guidelines related to the COVID-19 pandemic issued at any given time. At a minimum, there will be sanitation measures in place, physical separation will be maintained whenever possible and additional personal protective equipment (PPE) will be used, if required. Any workers that have symptoms, or are otherwise not feeling well, will be required to stay home and advised to follow current public health procedures. Interactions between workers and the public will generally not be required in order for them to perform their activities. Where direct communications with the public are necessary, workers will follow policies and procedures that align with current guidelines in place at that time.

    All workers are expected to maintain physical distance and use appropriate personal protective equipment if they need to be closer than two metres. We remind everyone that staying as far away from work areas as possible is always a good idea. We would especially like to remind parents and caregivers that children must avoid playing around the worksite. The contractor will be reminding anyone who gets too close to the work area to keep a safe distance away.

    For construction, will anyone need to access my home?

    As much prior notice as possible will be provided and necessary arrangements will be made to complete the work in a manner consistent with current health and safety requirements. The Contractor and/or their Sub-Contractors will not need to access the interior of your homes, but will need access to your property for the completion of the following works:

    • Pre-construction survey (all homes and businesses)

    Should you receive a request from a contractor to access your home and you have concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the city’s Project Manager.

    Will emergency vehicles be able to access my home or business during construction?

    Yes. Traffic restrictions and closure requirements along Brighton Street will vary as the project progresses. Measures will be in place to maintain emergency access at all times. Emergency Services will be advised in advance of specific requirements for all projects.

    Will there be noise during construction?

    We understand that many people are currently home with their families and also may be working from home. As with all construction activity, please anticipate some noise and vibrations. The contractor is generally permitted to work between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. from Monday to Saturday.

    What if a member of my household has specific needs during construction?

    If someone in your home has physical disabilities or special needs for accessing your property, please contact the Project Inspector on site, or the City’s Project Manager so we can help ensure access is maintained where and when possible.

    Will deliveries be impacted?

    Deliveries may be impacted by the work. All owners are asked to communicate any specific delivery needs to the Project Inspector, whether regular or special deliveries, in order to coordinate the safe and efficient delivery of goods.

    How can I provide comments?

    Comments can be emailed, or phoned in, to the contacts below or through the online comment form.

    Special Message for the Public

    Given that the COVID-19 pandemic is continuously evolving, future updates will be provided via the news and notices page on the City’s website. If you do not have internet access, please call the City’s project manager. If you have any further questions or concerns about the project, please contact the City’s Project Manager.

    We appreciate your time, interest and cooperation in this project. Please contact the undersigned should you have any further questions, comments or concerns.

    Sincerely,

    Mike Lupsa, P.Eng.
    Senior Project Engineer – Design and Construction
    Engineering Services
    Integrated Planning & Public Works
    Waterloo City Centre
    100 Regina Street South
    P.O. Box 337, Station Waterloo
    Waterloo, ON N2J 4A8
    Phone: (519) 866-1550 Ext. 78248
    Email: mike.lupsa@waterloo.ca

    Patrick Grier, P.Eng.
    Contract Administration
    GM BluePlan Engineering
    330 Trillium Drive, Unit D
    Kitchener, ON N2E 3J2
    Phone: (519) 748-1440 Ext. 4205
    Cell: (519) 226-755-2899
    Email: Patrick.grier@gmblueplan.ca

    Glenn Anderson, C.E.T
    Project Manager
    GM BluePlan Engineering
    330 Trillium Drive, Unit D
    Kitchener, ON N2E 3J2
    Phone: (519) 748-1440 Ext. 4201
    Fax: (519) 748-1445
    Email: glenn.anderson@gmblueplan.ca

    Austin Louwagie
    Site Inspector
    GM BluePlan Engineering
    Cell: (519) 444-8960
    Email: Austin.louwagie@gmblueplan.ca


  • Public Information Centre #1

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    Please note that comments, questions and concerns regarding the initial information shared on this project should be shared with the project team by July 15, 2021 for consideration prior to the start of the project. In addition to your comments, other information we would like to receive from residents or businesses are your special needs, e.g. for people with a disability, water or sewer service improvements, and/or driveway modifications. This written record will help the city to address all the issues related to this project. Please contact:

    Mr. Mike Lupsa, P.Eng.

    Senior Project Engineer - Design and Construction
    Waterloo City Centre
    100 Regina Street South
    P.O. Box 337 Station Waterloo
    Waterloo, ON N2J 4A8

    Phone: 519-886-1550 Ext. 78248

    Email: mike.lupsa@waterloo.ca

    The City of Waterloo is proposing to complete road reconstruction and infrastructure replacement on Brighton Street (Noecker Street to Marshall Street) pending Council approval of the tender award. The scope of the works is as follows:

    • Upgrade the existing sanitary sewer, storm sewer and watermain on Brighton Street from Noecker Street to Marshall Street;
    • Replace existing sanitary and water services from the new mains to property line;
    • Curb and gutter, asphalt, and concrete sidewalk. The existing sidewalk will be replaced with new 1.8m wide sidewalk. No sidewalk is proposed for the east side; and
    • Replace all driveway curb returns and ramp entrances on Brighton Street.

    Why is the City proceeding with this work?

    These improvements are being completed to upgrade the existing aging underground services and above-ground surface features, in order to prevent future failures and maintain an acceptable level of service.

    What is the timing of the reconstruction?

    Construction is expected to commence in the Spring of 2022 pending Council approval, with completion in late Fall 2022.

    Who will be doing the work?

    The City will be obtaining prices for the work from interested Contractors, through a public tendering process. It is anticipated that a qualified Contractor will then be awarded the contract, subject to obtaining the necessary approvals.

    How will the reconstruction affect residents on the street?

    In order to carry out these improvements, it will be necessary to close this street to through traffic. Prior to any road closure, signs will be posted on the approaching streets advising motorists of the date and the duration of the closure.

    During road reconstruction, access to private property may be possible, but it will be at your own risk, as you will be traveling through a construction zone. During times that there is not access to your property, or if you do not wish to travel through the construction zone, alternate arrangements should be made for parking. Overnight parking will be permitted on intersecting streets within one block of the reconstruction but you must abide by all other existing parking restrictions (i.e. don’t block a driveway, don’t park too close to a fire hydrant, don’t park where parking is prohibited, etc.). The Contractor will provide notice as to when access to your property will be limited, and these times will be minimized as much as possible.

    Pedestrian Access

    Pedestrian access to all buildings will be maintained at all times, although periodic disruptions may occur for short durations. The construction contract for this project will be written to include a requirement of the Contractor to provide a level, gravel walking surface for pedestrians and to provide intermittent pedestrian crossings of the roadway. Please notify the City of any special needs you may have regarding access to your property.

    Temporary construction fencing will be provided, whenever possible, to separate the activities of workers, equipment and construction vehicles from that of the public. These fences are to protect the public from the work by creating a visible barrier from the construction activity. Members of the public are asked to report any observed vandalism or accidental impacts on construction fencing to City representatives, to ensure that the proper delineation of the work area is provided for the safety of all.

    Deliveries

    Deliveries may be impacted by the work. All owners are asked to communicate any specific delivery needs to City representatives, whether regular or special deliveries, in order to coordinate the safe and efficient delivery of goods.

    Will sanitary sewer and water services be interrupted?

    Sewer and water service will be maintained throughout the duration of construction. However, short interruptions can be expected, particularly when the services to individual properties are transferred from existing mains to the new mains. In the majority of cases, interruptions will be limited to a few hours and will occur during normal working hours. Advance notification will be provided where possible prior to any planned service interruption. During watermain reconstruction, a temporary above ground watermain may be installed. Each property will be connected from the temporary main to an outside water tap. Access onto your property will be required to provide the temporary connection.

    Can I upgrade my existing sanitary sewer and water service?

    All water service laterals for single families will be replaced with 25mm diameter polyethylene pipe from the watermain to property line and all sanitary service laterals will be replaced with 100mm diameter PVC pipe from the sewer main to property line.

    Any property owner wishing to have new (additional) or larger sized services must make written application to the City of Waterloo for review and approval. Any new or upgraded service will be at the expense of the property owner making the request. Should you require a new or upgraded service, please contact Mike Lupsa at 519-886-1550 Ext. 78248 so that your requirements can be incorporated as part of the construction.

    Please note that the service installed would be to the property line only. Any work on private property would be the responsibility of the property owner who must obtain a permit under the Plumbing Code from the City’s Building Department.

    How will disruptions be minimized?

    One issue of critical importance to the City of Waterloo is to have the work completed while minimizing disruption to the neighbourhood. Road reconstruction and underground servicing is disruptive and at times will create noise and vibration due to compaction and a potential for dust. To address these disruptions, water and calcium chloride are used for dust control and construction activity is limited to daylight hours after 7:00 a.m.

    Are there any changes proposed to the existing streetscape?

    Yes. The complete roadway within the project limits will be reconstructed. Concrete barrier curb and gutter will be constructed.

    Surface features existing on City property

    On some reconstruction projects we find that residents have constructed gardens, shrubs, hedges, retaining walls, and fences within the City road allowance. This is usually not a problem unless the existing services are below that particular feature, if there is a grade change or if the roadway changes. In this case you will be asked to relocate the garden, hedge, etc. onto your property prior to construction taking place.

    When reconstructing the road, it may be necessary to cut back some driveways to match the new grade or accommodate upgrading the underground services. If this is the case, the driveway will be saw-cut and a patch placed using the same material if possible. Impressed or coloured concrete driveway swill be a challenge to be replaced to match the original, which is also the case with paving stone driveways (unless the owner has a supply of matching stones that the contractor could use). The property owner has the option of retaining their own contractor to complete the driveway patch after the construction is complete and the City will cover the costs contingent on review of the costs proposed.

    In-ground sprinkler system

    If you have a sprinkler system installed along the edge of the roadway within the City’s road allowance, please remove the piping prior to construction as the contractor will not be responsible for damage and the City will not replace it. You may have it reinstalled on private property after construction is completed if you wish.

    Will blue box, green box and garbage collection be affected?

    Blue box, green box and garbage collection will be maintained throughout the duration of construction. When access is restricted by construction operations, the construction crew will place the blue boxes and refuse containers at a location accessible by the collection service on collection days. To minimize problems during construction, it would be appreciated if all refuse is bagged – Yard Waste in paper bags, Household Garbage in plastic bags. Please ensure that your address is clearly marked on containers / blue boxes.

    Tree Protection

    Where healthy trees are identified they will be protected throughout construction. Any tree identified as being unsafe will be removed. Trees showing significant decline identified as being of poor quality, and trees that are in major conflict with proposed work will be identified as potential removals. Specifications have been developed to minimize the amount of damage to trees during the work. This includes tunneling under trees, supplementary watering, and restrictions on the amount of restoration work that occurs around trees. The City of Waterloo will plant two (2) trees for every tree removed. The location of the new trees is to be confirmed at the detailed design stage.

    Site Office

    A site office trailer will be established within, or adjacent to, the work area as space and available facilities permit.

    The site office will be a place of contact between the public and project personnel and will also be used for construction progress meetings with the Contractor.

    Hours of Work

    Construction activity will generally be between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m., except on Sundays and Statutory Holidays, when construction is prohibited.

    Normally, road reconstruction projects are undertaken during the week from Monday to Friday.

    During the later stages of construction, or as needed, it may be required that the Contractor work on Saturdays within the regular working hours of 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m., in order to meet the scheduled date of completion.


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