Cambridge King Street Reconstruction

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The Region will be reconstructing King Street from Dover Street to Bishop Street in the City of Cambridge. This project will be divided into stages to minimize disruption to the public and businesses. Progress and major milestones will be posted on this project page. For maps showing where parking is available throughout construction, refer to the pictures page. One lane of traffic in each direction will be maintained throughout construction.

The Region will be reconstructing King Street from Dover Street to Bishop Street in the City of Cambridge. This project will be divided into stages to minimize disruption to the public and businesses. Progress and major milestones will be posted on this project page. For maps showing where parking is available throughout construction, refer to the pictures page. One lane of traffic in each direction will be maintained throughout construction.

  • Construction Update August 7, 2020

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    6 days ago

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    If you have general questions about COVID-19 or want more information, please view the information provided by the Region of Waterloo .

    If you have questions about this construction project related to the current COVID-19 pandemic, please review the information provided by the Region of Waterloo on the Construction and Road Closures page.

    One lane of traffic will be maintained in each direction, similar to 2019. Between Dover Street and Laurel Street. Removal of on-street parking will be necessary, but will be for a shorter duration than in 2019. As crews finish the sidewalks, landscaping and streetlights block by block, on-street parking will be reinstated.

    Between Laurel Street and Bishop Street, on-street parking will be temporarily removed within the active construction zone to allow our contractor to safely and efficiently complete their work.

    Progress Since Last Update:

    • Complete paver stone installation in Stages 1 and 2
    • Street benches, garbage bins, tree grates and hanging basket installation in Stages 1 and 2

    Upcoming Work over the next few weeks:

    • Continue and complete side street sewer connections
    • Clean up in Stages 1 and 2, including placing planters along the street
    • Crews will begin building the roadway with gravel to prepare for curbs in Stage 3.
    • Once the roadway is prepared curbs will be placed in Stage 3.

    View the full update here for some pictures from the last two weeks

    New storm sewer and sanitary sewer service installation in Stage 3

    New sanitary sewer service (green pipe) installation in Stage 3

    Removal of existing catch basin in Stage 3

    Installation of new catch basin pipe to middle of the road in Stage 3

    Installation of storm sewer with truck holding street light pole in Stage 3

    New pavers installed at the library in Stage 1

    Completed light poles in Stage 2

    Completed light poles in Stage 1

    Completed tree grate and pavers in Stage 2

    Watermain stub for testing in Stage 3

    Planters ready for installation in Stages 1 and 2

  • Construction Update July 24, 2020

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    20 days ago

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    If you have general questions about COVID-19 or want more information, please view the information provided by the Region of Waterloo .

    If you have questions about this construction project related to the current COVID-19 pandemic, please review the information provided by the Region of Waterloo on the Construction and Road Closures page.

    One lane of traffic will be maintained in each direction, similar to 2019. Between Dover Street and Laurel Street. Removal of on-street parking will be necessary, but will be for a shorter duration than in 2019. As crews finish the sidewalks, landscaping and streetlights block by block, on-street parking will be reinstated.

    Between Laurel Street and Bishop Street, on-street parking will be temporarily removed within the active construction zone to allow our contractor to safely and efficiently complete their work.

    Progress Since Last Update:

    • Continue paver stone installation in Stage 1 and 2
    • Continue storm sewer installation in Stage 3

    Upcoming Work over the next few weeks:

    • Continue sanitary sewer service installation in Stage 3
    • Continue and complete storm sewer installation in Stage 3.
    • Continue paver stone installation in Stage 1 and 2.
    • Street benches are garbage bin installation in Stage 1 and 2

    We appreciate the community's continued understanding as we complete this important work.

    View the full update here for some pictures from the last two weeks

    Storm sewer manhole install in Stage 3

    Paver stone install in Stage 1

    Catch basin and manhole installation in Stage 3

    Concrete forming for tree grate in Stage 2

    Paver stone installation in Stage 1

    Sidewalk pour in Stage 2

    Sidewalk pour in Stage 2

    New garbage can installed in Stage 1

    New storm sewer manhole installed in Stage 3

    New benches installed in Stage 1

  • Construction Update July 10, 2020

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    about 1 month ago

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    If you have general questions about COVID-19 or want more information, please view the information provided by the Region of Waterloo .

    If you have questions about this construction project related to the current COVID-19 pandemic, please review the information provided by the Region of Waterloo on the Construction and Road Closures page.

    One lane of traffic will be maintained in each direction, similar to 2019. Between Dover Street and Laurel Street. Removal of on-street parking will be necessary, but will be for a shorter duration than in 2019. As crews finish the sidewalks, landscaping and streetlights block by block, on-street parking will be reinstated.

    Between Laurel Street and Bishop Street, on-street parking will be temporarily removed within the active construction zone to allow our contractor to safely and efficiently complete their work.

    Progress Since Last Update:

    • Complete sanitary sewer installation in Stage 3
    • Continue paver stone installation in Stages 1 and 2
    • Continue storm sewer installation in Stage 3

    Upcoming Work over the next few weeks:

    • Continue storm sewer installation in Stage 3
    • Continue sanitary sewer service installation in Stage 3
    • Continue paver stone installation in Stages 1 and 2 from Dover toward Lowther on the north side of King Street.

    We appreciate the community's continued understanding as we complete this important work.

    View the full update here for some pictures from the last two weeks

    Storm sewer install in Stage 3

    Coring new hole in existing sanitary manhole in Stage 3

    Storm sewer crossing sanitary sewer in Stage 3

    Chipping bedrock to allow storm sewer installation in Stage 3

    Shattered bedrock ready to be removed in Stage 3

    Storm sewer manhole being installed in Stage 3

    Laying paver bricks in Stage 1

    Sidewalk in front of library with soldier course paver bricks in Stage 1


  • Construction Update June 26, 2020

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    about 2 months ago

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    If you have general questions about COVID-19 or want more information, please view the information provided by the Region of Waterloo .

    If you have questions about this construction project related to the current COVID-19 pandemic, please review the information provided by the Region of Waterloo on the Construction and Road Closures page.

    One lane of traffic will be maintained in each direction, similar to 2019. Between Dover Street and Laurel Street, the removal of on-street parking will be necessary, but will be for a shorter duration than in 2019. As crews finish the sidewalks, landscaping and streetlights block by block, on-street parking will be reinstated.

    Between Laurel Street and Bishop Street, on-street parking will be temporarily removed within the active construction zone to allow our contractor to safely and efficiently complete their work.

    Progress Since Last Update:

    • Continue sanitary sewer installation in Stage 3
    • Continue paver stone installation in Stages 1 and 2
    • Continue concrete sidewalk installation in Stages 1 and 2
    • Begin storm sewer installation in Stage 3

    Upcoming Work over the next few weeks:

    • Complete sanitary sewer installation in Stage 3
    • Continue storm sewer installation in Stage 3
    • Continue paver stone installation in Stages 1 and 2

    We appreciate the community's continued understanding as we complete this important work.

    View the full update here for some pictures from the last two weeks

    Place structure for new Preston sign

    Finishing sidewalk at TD Bank in Stage 2

    Installing a sanitary sewer manhole in Stage 3

    Finishing sidewalk at Church Street in Stage 2

    Start storm sewer installation in Stage 3

    Removing bedrock for storm sewer installation in Stage 3

    New Preston Towne Centre BIA banners installed in Stage 2

  • Construction Update June 12, 2020

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    2 months ago

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    If you have general questions about COVID-19 or want more information, please view the information provided by the Region of Waterloo .

    If you have questions about this construction project related to the current COVID-19 pandemic, please review the information provided by the Region of Waterloo on the Construction and Road Closures page.

    One lane of traffic will be maintained in each direction, similar to 2019. Between Dover Street and Laurel Street, the removal of on-street parking will be necessary, but will be for a shorter duration than in 2019. As crews finish the sidewalks, landscaping and streetlights block by block, on-street parking will be reinstated.

    Between Laurel Street and Bishop Street, on-street parking will be temporarily removed within the active construction zone to allow our contractor to safely and efficiently complete their work.

    Progress since the last update:

    • Tree soil cell installation in Stages 1 and 2.
    • Street pole installation in Stages 1 and 2
    • Final watermain cut and caps in Stage 3. All properties in Stage 3 are now on temporary watermain.
    • Removal of rail ties and concrete road base in Stage 3
    • Started sanitary sewer installation in Stage 3
    • Started installation of paver stones in Stages 1 and 2

    Upcoming work over the next few weeks:

    • Continue sanitary sewer installation in Stage 3
    • Begin storm sewer installation in Stage 3.
    • Continue paver stone installation in Stages 1 and 2
    • Complete concrete sidewalk in Stages 1 and 2 where possible.

    We appreciate the community's continued understanding as we complete this important work.

    View the full update here for some pictures from the last two weeks

    Temporary water service to 1195 King Street in Stage 3

    Installing a tree soil cell in Stage 2

    Start installing sanitary sewer in Stage 3

    Installing a sanitary sewer manhole in Stage 3

    Installing sanitary sewer and removing bedrock in Stage 3

    Removing bedrock in Stage 3

    Installing the last tree soil cell in Stage 2

    Installing the brick "banding" behind the curb in Stage 1

    Installing sanitary sewer in Stage 3

    Installing brick pavers in Stage 1

    Installing new gas main in Stage 3

    Installing a new sanitary manhole in Stage 3

    Installing sanitary sewer in Stage 3

  • Construction Update May 22, 2020

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    3 months ago

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    If you have general questions about COVID-19 or want more information, please view the information provided by the Region of Waterloo .

    If you have questions about this construction project related to the current COVID-19 pandemic, please review the information provided by the Region of Waterloo on the Construction and Road Closures page.

    One lane of traffic will be maintained in each direction, similar to 2019. Between Dover Street and Laurel Street, the removal of on-street parking will be necessary, but will be for a shorter duration than in 2019. As crews finish the sidewalks, landscaping and streetlights block by block, on-street parking will be reinstated.

    Between Laurel Street and Bishop Street, on-street parking will be temporarily removed within the active construction zone to allow our Contractor to safely and efficiently complete their work.

    Progress since the last update:

    • Tree soil cell installation continues in Stages 1 and 2.
    • Streetlight installation on the north side of King Street between Dover and Church Street
    • Majority of sidewalk in Stage 1 and 2 has been installed.
    • Removal of temporary asphalt on the north side of King Street in Stage 1 and 2.
    • Testing and commissioning of temporary watermain in Stage 3 including water service connections.
    • Asphalt removal on King Street in Stage 3

    Upcoming work over the next few weeks:

    • Tree soil cell installation to continue in Stages 1 and 2.
    • Continue with street light pole installation between Dover and Lowther street.
    • Rail tie removal and concrete road base removal has started in Stage 3
    • Sanitary sewer installation to start in Stage 3 after rail tie and concrete road base has been removed.

    We appreciate the community's continued understanding as we complete this important work.

    View the full update here for some pictures from the last two weeks

    Disconnecting the old watermain at Dolph St. N.Crew separating the King St watermain from Dolph St N

    Installing new light poles in Stage 2Installing new light poles in Stage 2

    Connect building in Stage 3 to temporary watermainCrews making connection to temporary watermain

    Pouring concrete at the cenotaph in Stage 1Crews pouring new concrete in front of cenotaph

    Electrical connections to the new street light poles in Stage 1Trench showing base of streetlight pole

    Temporary watermain in Stage 3Temporary watermains laid on ground in Stage 3

    Removing asphalt in Stage 3Machine removing road asphalt in Stage 3

    New sidewalk in Stage 1/2New sidewalk at Cenotaph

  • Construction Update May 8, 2020

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    3 months ago


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    If you have general questions about COVID-19 or want more information, please view the information provided by the Region of Waterloo .

    If you have questions about this construction project related to the current COVID-19 pandemic, please review the information provided by the Region of Waterloo on the Construction and Road Closures page.

    One lane of traffic will be maintained in each direction, similar to 2019. Between Dover Street and Laurel Street, the removal of on-street parking will be necessary, but will be for a shorter duration than in 2019. As crews finish the sidewalks, landscaping and streetlights block by block, on-street parking will be reinstated.

    Between Laurel Street and Bishop Street, on-street parking will be temporarily removed within the active construction zone to allow our Contractor to safely and efficiently complete their work.

    Progress Since Last Update:

    • Concrete removal and temporary asphalt removals has been completed in Stages 1 and 2
    • Tree soil cell installation on the North side of King Street
    • Streetlight installations continue in Stages 1 and 2
    • Testing and commissioning of temporary watermain in Stage 3

    Upcoming Work over the next few weeks:

    • Tree soil cell installation to continue in Stages 1 and 2.
    • Sidewalk installation to continue in Stages 1 and 2.
    • Removal of temporary asphalt on the north side of King Street to continue in Stage 1 and 2.
    • Continue with street light pole installation on north side side of King Street.
    • Testing and commissioning of the temporary watermain on north side of King Street between Laurel Street and Chestnut Street in Stage 3.
    • The temporary watermain (blue pipe) is in place on the south side of King Street between Laurel Street and Chestnut Street (Stage 3), crews will continue with installing the temporary water service connections to buildings. These connections are all done from the outside of the building.
    • Asphalt removal on King Street in Stage 3

    King Street from Dover Street to Lowther Street will be closed to traffic for three days starting on May 11. Crews will be installing small pipes under the asphalt across King Street for the traffic signals. Local access will be provided, but through traffic may not be permitted.

    We appreciate the community's continued understanding as we complete this important work.

    View the full update here for some pictures from the last two weeks

    Temporary watermain (blue pipe) in Stage 3Temporary water pipe on ground behind curb

    Installing traffic signal conduits in Stage 2trench with traffic conduit (pipe)

    Removing wood temporary light poles in Stage 2crane truck pulling out wood light poles

    Installing a tree soil cell in Stage 2trench with tree soil cells

    Installing a tree soil cell in Stage 2trench with tree soil cells

    Pouring sidewalk in Stage 2crews pouring sidewalk

    Pouring sidewalks in Stage 2crews pouring sidewalk

    Removing temporary sidewalks in Stage 2machines removing temporary sidewalk

    Separating the old watermain in Stage 3 from the live watermain in Stage 4.

  • Construction Update April 24, 2020

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    4 months ago

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    If you have general questions about COVID-19 or want more information, please view the information provided by the Region of Waterloo .

    If you have questions about this construction project related to the current COVID-19 pandemic, please review the information provided by the Region of Waterloo on the Construction and Road Closures page.

    One lane of traffic will be maintained in each direction, similar to 2019. Between Dover Street and Laurel Street, the removal of on-street parking will be necessary, but will be for a shorter duration than in 2019. As crews finish the sidewalks, landscaping and streetlights block by block, on-street parking will be reinstated.

    Between Laurel Street and Bishop Street, on-street parking will be temporarily removed within the active construction zone to allow our Contractor to safely and efficiently complete their work.

    Progress Since Last Update:

    • Concrete removal and temporary asphalt removals has been completed in Stages 1 and 2
    • Tree soil cell installation on the North side of King Street
    • Preparation and pouring of curb in Stage 1 around the intersections
    • Streetlight installations in Stages 1 and 2
    • Assembly of temporary watermain in Stage 3

    Upcoming Work over the next few weeks:

    • Tree soil cell installation to continue in Stages 1 and 2
    • Curb installation in Stage 2
    • Sidewalk installation in Stages 1 and 2
    • Streetlight installations in Stages 1 and 2
    • Testing and commissioning of watermain in Stage 3
    • Asphalt removal on the East side of King Street in Stage 3

    We appreciate the community's continued understanding as we complete this important work.

    View the full update here for some pictures from the last two weeks

    Removal of temporary asphalt sidewalks and existing concrete sidewalksexisting sidewalk removal

    Installation of a tree soil cell systemtree soil cell system installation

    Installation of a tree soil cell systemtree soil cell system installation

    Removal of existing streetlight polestruck removing old streetlight poles

    Installation of new streetlight polestruck installing new streetlight poles

    Installing electrical conduits (grey pipe) for streetlightstrench with electrical conduits

    Installing concrete curbmachine pouring concrete curb

    Pouring sidewalk in Stage 1forms ready for concrete sidewalk pour

    Sidewalk complete at Waterloo Streetnew sidewalk at Waterloo Street

  • Construction Update April 9, 2020

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    4 months ago

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    Navacon, the Region's contractor has started work on King Street for the 2020 construction season.

    We understand that some residents may have concerns with construction moving forward during the COVID-19 pandemic. On March 23rd, the Province included construction activities on a list of essential services. On April 3rd, the Province reduced the list of essential businesses but maintained that construction of roads, watermains, sewers and other municipal services is essential to ensure that these services continue to work properly and continue to meet our community’s needs. In moving forward with construction projects, the Region of Waterloo is acting consistently with other local area municipalities and most other major municipalities in the Province. We will continue to evaluate and re-assess the situation as required.

    Contractors working for the Region will employ policies and procedures to protect the health and wellness of workers and the community in general as part the contractor’s Health and Safety Plan. Contractors will adjust these policies and procedures as required for each project and in accordance with relevant Federal, Provincial and Regional guidelines related to the COVID-19 pandemic issued at any given time. Region staff and consultants working for the Region will similarly be following all relevant COVID-19 guidelines during the course of construction.

    If you have general questions about Covid-19 or want more information, please view the information provided by Region of Waterloo Public Health.

    Frequently Asked Questions:

    What health and safety precautions has the Contractor put in place to protect workers and the public?

    Contractors working for the Region will employ policies and procedures to protect the health and wellness of workers and the community in general as part the contractor’s Health and Safety Plan. Contractors will adjust these policies and procedures as required for each project and in accordance with relevant Federal, Provincial and Regional guidelines related to the COVID-19 pandemic issued at any given time. Region staff and consultants working for the Region will similarly be following all relevant COVID-19 guidelines during the course of construction.

    Will anyone need access to my home or business?

    At this time, we do not anticipate that anyone will need to access your home or business. Should the need for access arise, we will provide as much prior notice as possible and make necessary arrangements to complete the work in a manner consistent with current Health and Safety policies and procedures.

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

    Progress since last Update:

    • Concrete removal and temporary asphalt removals has been completed in stage 1 (Dover to Argyle) and street light poles have been installed on the south side of the street.
    • Tree soil cell installation has started between Lowther Street and Church Street

    Upcoming Work over the next few weeks:

    • Concrete and temporary asphalt removal between Argyle Street to Westminster Drive, which will be followed by street light pole installation.
    • Tree soil cell installation to continue in stage 2, working north toward Argyle Street
    • Concrete curb and sidewalk installation between Dover Street and Argyle Street.

    One lane of traffic will be maintained in each direction, similar to 2019. Between Dover Street and Laurel Street, the removal of on-street parking will be necessary, but will be for a shorter duration than in 2019. Between Laurel Street and Bishop Street, on-street parking will be removed to allow our Contractor to safely and efficiently complete their work.

    We appreciate the community's continued understanding as we complete this important work.

    What are tree soil cells?

    Soil cells are basket like structures installed underground and are designed to support the growth of street trees in downtown urban areas. They hold topsoil which promotes healthy growth of the trees and allows tree roots to spread out without affecting the surface around the tree base, which is usually concrete.

    Below are a few progress photos of the soils cells being installed. The finished product sits just underneath the finished sidewalk.

    Pic 1 - First, the pit is excavated. Then gravel is placed and compacted in the pit. The bottoms of the soil cells are then placed on the gravel. The orange pipe being placed inside the soil cells here is the gas main. The soil cells are designed to allow utilities to pass through them.

    Workers installing bases for tree soil cells


    Pic 2 - Columns and top frames are added to the bases. The black fabric on the sides of the pit is used to keep the top soil and surrounding soil separate from each other.

    Columns and top frames are added to the soil cell bases


    Pic 3 - Topsoil is added to the soil cells.

    Soil cells are filled with topsoil


    Pic 4 - Tops are added to the soil cells. After this, gravel can be placed on top of the soil cells before pouring the concrete sidewalk.

    Tops are placed on the soil cells


    View the full update here for some pictures from the last two weeks

    Pits are excavated where trees are to be planted to allow for installation of soil cells.

    Pits are excavated where trees are to be planted to allow for installation of soil cells.


    Soils cells are filled with topsoil

    Soils cells are filled with topsoil


    Crews installing new street light poles

    Crews installing new street light poles



    New streetlight poles are ready for lights

    New streetlight poles are ready for lights

  • Construction Update March 6, 2020

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    5 months ago

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    As winter begins to loosen its grip on us, the Region and our contractor are busily preparing for this year's work on King Street in Cambridge.

    Beginning next week, our contractor Navacon will start to remobilize to the street, preparing to finish the work between Dover Street and Laurel Street (Stages 1 & 2) that we started in 2019 and start work between Laurel Street and Bishop Street (Stages 3 & 4). Refer to our key map for the limits of the project stages.

    Actual work is expected to start the week of March 16th.

    Work between Dover Street and Laurel Street (Stages 1 & 2) this spring will include:

    • Installation of the new street lights, trees, benches, planters, garbage receptacles and decorative features;
    • Complete removal and replacement or the sidewalks;
    • Restoration of all areas disturbed in 2019.
    Work between Laurel Street and Bishop Street (Stages 3 & 4) this year will include:
    • Replacement of sewers and watermain;
    • Reconstruction of the road including new asphalt, concrete curbs, and sidewalks
    For this year's work, one lane of traffic in each direction traffic will be maintained similar to our work in 2019. Between Dover Street and Laurel Street, the removal of on-street parking will be necessary, but will be for a shorter duration that in 2019. Between Laurel Street and Bishop Street, on-street parking will be removed to allow our Contractor to safely and efficiently complete their work.

    We appreciate the community's continued understanding as we complete this important work.