Cambridge King Street Reconstruction

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 October 4, 2019

    13 days ago
    Light pole support and water service install

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    Traffic has been moved to the north side of King Street between Westminster Drive and Lowther Street. One lane of traffic in each direction will be maintained during construction. For safety reasons, on-street parking on King Street will not be permitted within the construction zone.

    A person is stationed at Westminster Drive to provide pedestrian help while crossing King Street during the commute to and from school. Help crossing this intersection will be available until the new traffic signals are operational.

    Progress since last Update:

    · Traffic in Stage 2 between Westminster Drive and east...

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    Traffic has been moved to the north side of King Street between Westminster Drive and Lowther Street. One lane of traffic in each direction will be maintained during construction. For safety reasons, on-street parking on King Street will not be permitted within the construction zone.

    A person is stationed at Westminster Drive to provide pedestrian help while crossing King Street during the commute to and from school. Help crossing this intersection will be available until the new traffic signals are operational.

    Progress since last Update:

    · Traffic in Stage 2 between Westminster Drive and east of Lowther Street has moved to the north side of the street.

    · The new watermain from Dover Street to Argyle Street has been tested and approved for use.

    · The new watermain has been connected to the city’s water system.

    · Properties between Dover Street and Argyle are being switched from the temporary water system onto the new (permanent) watermain.

    · Removals on the south side of King Street between Westminster and Lowther have started this week. This includes the removal of the pavement, curbs, and old rail-ties found under the pavement.

    Upcoming work over the next couple of weeks:

    · Complete water service connections to all properties in Stage 1.

    · Begin watermain installation, including services to property line will start next week in Stage 2 between Westminster and east of Lowther Street, followed by watermain testing.

    · Following watermain installation, the road will be prepared for curbs and pavement.

    Currently access to Argyle Street, Westminster Drive, Church Street and Lowther Street between King Street and Queenston Road is blocked at King Street due to the drop from the old road surface to the new road surface. Crews need to remove the asphalt along with the rail ties and concrete under the old road before reopening these streets. We anticipate that this will be complete within 3 days (weather permitting). These side streets will remain open except for brief times when crews are digging across them to finish their work.

    It is anticipated that all the underground work will be done in early November, following this, crews will be working on completing curbs, asphalt, and preparing the space behind sidewalks for winter shut down. At the same time, the temporary watermain (blue pipe along the edge of the roadway), will be removed.

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

    Watermain install in Stage 1

    Water Service Connection in Stage 1

    Sanitary service connection in Stage 1

    Catch basin install in Stage 1

    Start paving in Stage 2

    Trenching for streetlights

    Night paving in Stage 2

    Temporary sidewalk paving in Stage 2

  • Construction Update September 20, 2019

    27 days ago
    Road excavation westminster

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    Traffic has been moved to the north side of King Street between Westminster Drive and Dover Street. One lane of traffic in each direction will be maintained during construction. For safety reasons, on-street parking on King Street will not be permitted within the construction zone.

    A person has been stationed at Westminster Drive to provide pedestrian help while crossing King Street during the commute to school in the morning and from school in the afternoon. Help with crossing at this intersection will be available until the new traffic signals are operational.

    Progress since last Update:

    ...

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    Traffic has been moved to the north side of King Street between Westminster Drive and Dover Street. One lane of traffic in each direction will be maintained during construction. For safety reasons, on-street parking on King Street will not be permitted within the construction zone.

    A person has been stationed at Westminster Drive to provide pedestrian help while crossing King Street during the commute to school in the morning and from school in the afternoon. Help with crossing at this intersection will be available until the new traffic signals are operational.

    Progress since last Update:

    · Curbs have been placed in Stage 2, between Westminster Drive and Lowther Street

    · Watermain installation in Stage 1 is complete. Watermain testing to start next week.

    · Paving is complete in Stage 1.

    Upcoming work over the next couple of weeks:

    · Temporary asphalt sidewalks will be placed next week on the north side of King Street.

    · Traffic in Stage 2 between Westminster Drive and east of Lowther Street is anticipated to be moved to the north side of the street the first week of October.

    · Milling and removals on the south side of King in Stage 2, between Westminster Drive and east of Lowther Street during the first week of October.

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

    Extending sewer service (white pipe) to south side of street (Stage 1)

    Installing new watermain (blue pipe) at Waterloo Street (Stage 1)


    New subdrains (under gravel pile at left of picture) are installed before road gravel is placed. These drains help remove water from directly under the asphalt to help keep the road strong and last longer. (Stage 2)


    Placing road gravel before curb is poured (Stage 2)


    Road is ready for curb (Stage 2)


    Curb is poured (Stage 2)


    Adding some more gravel before paving (Stage 2)


    Stage 2 is ready for paving


  • Construction Update September 6, 2019

    about 1 month ago
    Traffic on new road

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    Traffic has been moved to the north side of King Street between Westminster Drive and Dover Street. One lane of traffic in each direction will be maintained during construction. For safety reasons, on-street parking on King Street will not be permitted within the construction zone.

    A person has been stationed at Westminster Drive to provide pedestrian help while crossing King Street during the commute to school in the morning and from school in the afternoon. Help with crossing at this intersection will be available until the new traffic signals are operational.

    Progress since last Update:

    ...

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    Traffic has been moved to the north side of King Street between Westminster Drive and Dover Street. One lane of traffic in each direction will be maintained during construction. For safety reasons, on-street parking on King Street will not be permitted within the construction zone.

    A person has been stationed at Westminster Drive to provide pedestrian help while crossing King Street during the commute to school in the morning and from school in the afternoon. Help with crossing at this intersection will be available until the new traffic signals are operational.

    Progress since last Update:

    · Asphalt removal on the south side of King Street between Westminster Drive and Dover Street has been completed.

    · Sanitary and water sewer service installation has been completed in Stage 2.

    · Temporary lighting in Stage 1 on the north side of King Street has been installed

    Upcoming work over the next couple of weeks:

    · Crews are preparing the roadway in Stage 2 for curb, and it is expected that curb will be poured between Westminster Drive and Lowther Street by the end of next week, with asphalt being placed the following week.

    · Crews will continue removals on the south side of King Street between Westminster Drive and Dover Street, including removal of railway ties found under the asphalt.

    · Watermain installation in Stage 1 has begun and will continue next week.

    View the full update here for some pictures from the last 2 weeks:

    Installation of catch basin manhole and storm sewer pipe

    Installation of sanitary service (white pipe) to building

    Installation of water service (blue pipe) to building

    Water service shut off valves (black tubes with lids)

    Preparing (excavating) the road for gravel and sub drain installation (black pipe)

    Installing ducts (pipes) for underground electricity feed to streetlights and future tree lights

    Temporary street lights and poles

    Removal of asphalt in Stage 1B

    Start removing more old railway ties


  • Construction Update August 23, 2019

    about 2 months ago
    Start asphalt stage 1

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    Traffic is expected to flip to the north side of King Street between Westminster Drive and Dover Street by the end of August, so that crews can begin removal of the old asphalt on the south side of King Street in Stage 1. One lane of traffic in each direction will be maintained during construction. For safety reasons, on-street parking on King Street will not be permitted within the construction zone.

    The new school year is quickly approaching, and we recognize the importance of safety with the return of students crossing King Street. Beginning in...

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    Traffic is expected to flip to the north side of King Street between Westminster Drive and Dover Street by the end of August, so that crews can begin removal of the old asphalt on the south side of King Street in Stage 1. One lane of traffic in each direction will be maintained during construction. For safety reasons, on-street parking on King Street will not be permitted within the construction zone.

    The new school year is quickly approaching, and we recognize the importance of safety with the return of students crossing King Street. Beginning in September there will be a person stationed at Westminster Drive to provide pedestrian help while crossing King Street during the commute to school in the morning and from school in the afternoon. Help with crossing at this intersection will be available until the new traffic signals are operational.

    Progress since last Update:

    · Storm sewer main line installation has continued in Stage 2

    · Asphalt and curb have been placed in Stage 1 between Dover Street to almost Westminster Drive

    Upcoming work over the next couple of weeks:

    · Sanitary and water sewer service installation working west from Lowther Street in Stage 2 to continue for approximately 2 weeks

    · Temporary lighting installation in Stage 1 to be installed

    · Traffic in Stage 1 will be flipped onto the new road surface and the road surface will be removed on the remaining side

    · Crews will begin preparing the roadway to place curbs in Stage 2 within the next 3 weeks.

    View the full update here for some pictures from the last 2 weeks:

    Installation of storm sewer, double catch basin and double catch basin manhole to drain the road surface

    Installation of new sanitary service (white pipe) crossing the new storm sewer (green pipe)

    Pouring the curb in Stage 1

    Crews start placing the asphalt in Stage 1

    Crews place the second layer of asphalt on Stage 1

    Traffic signals have been removed from the King Street and Westminster Drive intersection


  • Construction Update August 9, 2019

    2 months ago
    Watermain install

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    Progress since last update:

    · The roadway in Phase 1 has been prepared with gravel and is ready for curb placement between Dover Street to almost Westminster Drive.

    · Storm sewer installation east of Lowther Street has started

    Upcoming work over the next couple of weeks:

    · Continue storm sewer installation working west from Lowther Street in Phase 2

    · Start installing sanitary and storm sewer service laterals working west from Lowther Street in Phase 2

    · Start placement of curb in Phase 1 (Dover Street to almost Westminster Drive)

    · Start placement...

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    Progress since last update:

    · The roadway in Phase 1 has been prepared with gravel and is ready for curb placement between Dover Street to almost Westminster Drive.

    · Storm sewer installation east of Lowther Street has started

    Upcoming work over the next couple of weeks:

    · Continue storm sewer installation working west from Lowther Street in Phase 2

    · Start installing sanitary and storm sewer service laterals working west from Lowther Street in Phase 2

    · Start placement of curb in Phase 1 (Dover Street to almost Westminster Drive)

    · Start placement of asphalt in Phase 1 (Dover Street to almost Westminster Drive)

    · Start placement of underground conduits for new streetlights

    We want to remind everyone that King Street will remain open to one lane of traffic in each direction for the duration of construction. For safety reasons, on-street parking on King Street will not be permitted within the construction zone.

    View the full update here for some pictures from the last 2 weeks:

    Installation of sanitary sewer lateral service under gas (yellow pipe), streetlight conduit (grey pipe) and temporary watermain (blue pipe)

    Start storm sewer installation in front of Giant Tiger

    Installation of storm manhole and double catch basin

    Installation of watermain to connect to Waterloo Street

    Start excavation of road near Westminster Drive

    Road excavation in front of Idea Exchange

    Placement of road gravel complete


  • Construction Update July 26, 2019

    3 months ago
    Big dig

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    Progress since last Update:

    · Storm sewer installation in Phase 2 working east from Argyle Street

    · Completion of service installations in phase 1

    Upcoming work over the next couple of weeks:

    · Storm Sewer installation working west from Lowther Street in Phase 2 for approximately 3 weeks

    · Sanitary and storm service connections working west from Lowther Street in Phase 2 for approximately 3 weeks

    · Starting next week crews will begin building the roadway with gravel to prepare for curbs and asphalt starting in Phase 1 (Dover Street to almost Westminster Drive)

    ·...

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    Progress since last Update:

    · Storm sewer installation in Phase 2 working east from Argyle Street

    · Completion of service installations in phase 1

    Upcoming work over the next couple of weeks:

    · Storm Sewer installation working west from Lowther Street in Phase 2 for approximately 3 weeks

    · Sanitary and storm service connections working west from Lowther Street in Phase 2 for approximately 3 weeks

    · Starting next week crews will begin building the roadway with gravel to prepare for curbs and asphalt starting in Phase 1 (Dover Street to almost Westminster Drive)

    · Once the road is prepared, curbs and asphalt will follow (Dover Street to almost Westminster Drive)

    · When preparing for curb installation, crews will remove the tall metal fence and reinstall the orange safety fence

    We want to remind everyone that King Street will remain open to one lane of traffic in each direction for the duration of construction. For safety reasons, on-street parking on King Street will not be permitted within the construction zone.

    Sanitary Sewer and manholes being installed:

    Sanitary Service being stalled crossing under gas and streetlight conduits:

    Temporary paving of sidewalk:

    Installation of storm service:

    Installation of watermain at Argyle Street:


  • Construction Update July 12, 2019

    3 months ago
    Digger sign at dover resized

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    Progress since last Update:

    · Gas main work on King Street between Argyle Street and Lowther Street has been completed early!

    · Sanitary Sewer is complete between Dover Street to Argyle Street

    · Storm Sewer has been installed in Phase 1 (From Dover to Argyle), this completes the underground sewer installation in Phase 1.


    Upcoming work over the next couple of weeks:

    · Crews continue storm sewer installation in Phase 2 working east from Argyle Street and then west from Lowther Street

    · Crews continue installing underground services to buildings in Phase 2 (Westminster to Lowther)

    ...

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    Progress since last Update:

    · Gas main work on King Street between Argyle Street and Lowther Street has been completed early!

    · Sanitary Sewer is complete between Dover Street to Argyle Street

    · Storm Sewer has been installed in Phase 1 (From Dover to Argyle), this completes the underground sewer installation in Phase 1.


    Upcoming work over the next couple of weeks:

    · Crews continue storm sewer installation in Phase 2 working east from Argyle Street and then west from Lowther Street

    · Crews continue installing underground services to buildings in Phase 2 (Westminster to Lowther)

    · Crews will begin preparing the roadway to place curbs in Phase 1 (Dover to Argyle) late next week, followed by asphalt the following week.

    We want to remind everyone that King Street will remain open to one lane of traffic in each direction for the duration of construction. For safety reasons, on-street parking on King Street will not be permitted within the construction zone.


  • Construction Update June 17, 2019

    4 months ago
    Market sign resized

    View pictures of the work completed in the last two weeks here.


    Progress since last Update:

    · Temporary watermain has been installed, both stage 1 and stage 2 of the project are on the temporary watermain.

    · Start sanitary sewer replacement between Dover Street and Argyle Street

    · Gas main installation between Lowther Street and Church Street is complete


    Upcoming work over the next couple of weeks:

    · Continue sanitary sewer replacement between Dover Street and Argyle Street

    · Start storm sewer replacement at Dover Street, working towards Argyle Street.

    · Union Gas will continue with the replacement of...

    View pictures of the work completed in the last two weeks here.


    Progress since last Update:

    · Temporary watermain has been installed, both stage 1 and stage 2 of the project are on the temporary watermain.

    · Start sanitary sewer replacement between Dover Street and Argyle Street

    · Gas main installation between Lowther Street and Church Street is complete


    Upcoming work over the next couple of weeks:

    · Continue sanitary sewer replacement between Dover Street and Argyle Street

    · Start storm sewer replacement at Dover Street, working towards Argyle Street.

    · Union Gas will continue with the replacement of the gas main, service installations and commissioning on the north side of the street over the next couple weeks between Lowther Street and Westminster Street.

    We want to remind everyone that King Street will remain open to one lane of traffic in each direction for the duration of construction. For safety reasons, on-street parking on King Street will not be permitted within the construction zone.


  • Construction Update May 31, 2019

    5 months ago
    Excavator resized

    Asphalt removals in Stage 1 (King Street between Dover Street and Argyle Street) are complete, and temporary watermain installation is underway.

    Starting next week, crews will be working at the Dover Street intersection to begin the installation of sanitary sewer. In order for this work to be completed safely, traffic at Dover Street on King Street will be reduced to one lane of traffic and flagged during the days, and opened up to two lanes for the evenings.

    The sanitary sewer along this stretch of King Street is very deep. To maintain the space for a lane of traffic and...

    Asphalt removals in Stage 1 (King Street between Dover Street and Argyle Street) are complete, and temporary watermain installation is underway.

    Starting next week, crews will be working at the Dover Street intersection to begin the installation of sanitary sewer. In order for this work to be completed safely, traffic at Dover Street on King Street will be reduced to one lane of traffic and flagged during the days, and opened up to two lanes for the evenings.

    The sanitary sewer along this stretch of King Street is very deep. To maintain the space for a lane of traffic and to ensure the safety of the crew during the sanitary installation, crews will be using a trench box. Trench boxes help maintain the structure and safety of the trench while workers are completing their work. The picture below shows how a trench box is used during the installation of sanitary sewers.

    Progress since last Update:

    · Asphalt removals on the north side of King Street in Stage 1.

    · Temporary watermain installation in Stage 1 is complete.

    · Sanitary sewer replacement in Stage 2 completed between Lowther Street and Argyle Street.

    Upcoming work over the next couple of weeks:

    · Union Gas will be on site replacing the gas main on the north side of the street over the next few weeks between Lowther Street and Westminster Street.

    · Sanitary sewer replacement to start at Dover Street working south toward Argyle Street.

    · Underground sanitary sewer work at Dover Street intersection (this intersection will be reduced to one lane of traffic for approximately 1 week).

    · Sanitary sewer service installation in Stage 2 (between Lowther Street and Argyle Street)

    We want to remind everyone that King Street will remain open to one lane of traffic in each direction for the duration of construction. For safety reasons, on-street parking on King Street will not be permitted within the construction zone.


  • Construction Update May 17, 2019

    5 months ago
    Big digger resized

    Last week, while removing the asphalt, crews unearthed the old street railway ties. The Region’s archaeological consultant ASI measured and documented their location and condition before removal in accordance with Ministry standards and guidelines.

    Progress since last update:

    · Asphalt has been removed on the north side of King Street:

    · Temporary watermain connections are complete

    · Sanitary sewer replacement has started:

    Upcoming work over the next couple of weeks:

    · Union Gas will be on site replacing the gas main on the north side of King Street between Lowther Street and Westminster Street.

    · Sanitary sewer replacement will continue...

    Last week, while removing the asphalt, crews unearthed the old street railway ties. The Region’s archaeological consultant ASI measured and documented their location and condition before removal in accordance with Ministry standards and guidelines.

    Progress since last update:

    · Asphalt has been removed on the north side of King Street:

    · Temporary watermain connections are complete

    · Sanitary sewer replacement has started:

    Upcoming work over the next couple of weeks:

    · Union Gas will be on site replacing the gas main on the north side of King Street between Lowther Street and Westminster Street.

    · Sanitary sewer replacement will continue between Lowther Street and Argyle Street.

    · Crews will begin work in Stage 1 (Dover Street to Argyle Street) including assembly and testing of the temporary watermain, shift traffic lanes to the south side of King Street, asphalt removal on the north side of King Street and possibly start the sanitary sewer replacement at Dover Street

    Please read the Region's notice to owners and tenants about starting work in Stage 1 (Dover Street to Argyle Street) here.

    We want to remind everyone that King Street will remain open to one lane of traffic in each direction for the duration of construction, and on-street parking on King Street will not be permitted within the construction zone. A parking map is available here, identifying the locations of on-street parking and public parking lots surrounding King Street.