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 November 27, 2020

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    27 Nov 2020
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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.(External link)

    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.(External link)

    The Region’s contractor Navacon Construction Inc. has temporarily closed King Street to eastbound traffic between Lowther Street and Bishop Street to safely install the watermain and rebuild the road as quickly as possible. One-way traffic in the westbound direction will continue to be permitted during this stage of the work. The Region will provide a signed detour route for eastbound traffic (including heavy trucks) using Eagle Street, Hespeler Road and Bishop Street. View the Detour Map here.

    King Street is tentatively expected to re-open on or around December 11, weather permitting. Crews are working hard to complete the remaining road works and get the street opened.

    Access to businesses and residential properties on both sides of King Street will be maintained within the closure limits, but traffic will only be permitted to travel in the westbound direction.

    Progress Since Last Update:

    • Watermain installation in Stages 3 and 4
    • Storm sewer and sanitary installation in Stage 4
    • Storm sewer and sanitary sewer side street connections.
    • Complete watermain service installation

    Upcoming Work over the next few weeks:

    • Continue road excavation in Stages 3 and 4.
    • The roadway will be prepared for curbs and pavement over the next 2 weeks.
    • Curb is anticipated in Stages 3 and 4 next week.
    • Tree planting in Stage 2

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

    Every reasonable effort is being made during construction to minimize disruption and complete the work efficiently and cost effectively. We thank you for your patience and cooperation.

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

    Starting the road excavation and placement of the road gravel in Stage 3

    Connecting the King Street watermain to the Union Street watermain in Stage 3

    Connecting the King Street watermain to the Dolph Street watermain in Stage 3

    Connecting a new water service in Stage 3 while holding a street light pole



  • Construction Update November 13, 2020

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    13 Nov 2020
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    View the full update here

    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.

    The Region’s contractor Navacon Construction Inc. has temporarily closed King Street to eastbound traffic between Lowther Street and Bishop Street to safely install the watermain and rebuild the road as quickly as possible. One-way traffic in the westbound direction will continue to be permitted during this stage of the work. The Region will provide a signed detour route for eastbound traffic (including heavy trucks) using Eagle Street, Hespeler Road and Bishop Street. View the Detour Map here.

    It is expected that King Street will be re-opened to two-way traffic by the end of November.

    Access to businesses and residential properties on both sides of King Street will be maintained within the closure limits, but traffic will only be permitted to travel in the westbound direction.

    Progress Since Last Update:

    • Watermain installation in Stages 3 and 4.
    • Watermain testing complete.
    • Storm sewer and sanitary installation in Stage 4.

    Upcoming Work over the next few weeks:

    • Continue storm and sanitary sewer side street connections.
    • Continue watermain connections and installation of services.
    • Tree planting in Stage 2

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

    Every reasonable effort is being made during construction to minimize disruption and complete the work efficiently and cost effectively. We thank you for your patience and cooperation.

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

    Installing replacement sanitary and water services in Stage 3

    Installing replacement sanitary and water services in Stage 4

    Paving the parking lane in Stage 3

    Paving the parking lane in Stage 2

    Paving the parking lane in Stage 2

  • Construction Update October 30, 2020

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    30 Oct 2020
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    View the full update here

    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.

    The Region’s contractor Navacon Construction Inc. has temporarily closed King Street to eastbound traffic between Lowther Street and Bishop Street to safely install the watermain and rebuild the road as quickly as possible. One-way traffic in the westbound direction will continue to be permitted during this stage of the work. The Region will provide a signed detour route for eastbound traffic (including heavy trucks) using Eagle Street, Hespeler Road and Bishop Street. View the Detour Map here.

    It is expected that King Street will be re-opened to two-way traffic by the end of November.

    Access to businesses and residential properties on both sides of King Street will be maintained within the closure limits, but traffic will only be permitted to travel in the westbound direction.

    Progress Since Last Update:

    • Watermain installation in Stages 3 and 4.
    • Watermain testing and commissioning for new permanent watermain in Stages 3 and 4.
    • Storm sewer and sanitary installation in Stage 4.
    • Street light base installation on the north side of King Street in Stage 3.

    Upcoming Work over the next few weeks:

    • Continue storm and sanitary sewer side street connections.
    • Watermain connections and installation of services.
    • Storm and sanitary sewer service installation will begin in Stage 3 and 4.
    • Landscaping in front of 507 King Street E (Allan Reuter Centre).
    • Tree planting in Stage 2

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

    Every reasonable effort is being made during construction to minimize disruption and complete the work efficiently and cost effectively. We thank you for your patience and cooperation.

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

    Installing a new fire hydrant in Stage 3

    Streetlight pole installation in Stage 3

    Streetlight conduit (grey pipe) installation in Stage 3

    Watermain installation including tee for hydrant and hydrant valve in Stage 4

    Watermain installation in Stage 4

    Watermain installation with bedrock removal in Stage 4

    Watermain installation with bedrock removal in Stage 4

    Installation of watermain swabbing port (to clean and commission new pipes) in Stage 3

    Watermain installation and bedrock removal in Stage 4

    Installation of swabbing port and watermain on Chestnut Street in Stage 4


  • Construction Update October 16, 2020

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    16 Oct 2020
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    Starting on Friday, September 4th, 2020 the Region’s contractor Navacon Construction Inc. temporarily closed King Street to eastbound traffic between Lowther Street and Bishop Street for approximately 8 weeks. One-way traffic in the westbound direction will continue to be permitted during this stage of the work. The Region will provide a signed detour route for eastbound traffic (including heavy trucks) using Eagle Street, Hespeler Road and Bishop Street. View the Detour Map here.

    Access to businesses and residential properties on both sides of King Street will be maintained within the closure limits, but traffic will only be permitted to travel in the westbound direction.

    Progress Since Last Update:

    • Continue watermain installation in Stage 3
    • Some more storm sewer installation in Stage 3
    • Tree removals in Stage 4
    • Start installation of conduit for traffic signal wires in Stage 3

    Upcoming Work over the next few weeks:

    • Permanent watermain installation continues in Stage 3.
    • Landscaping in front of 507 King Street E (Allan Reuter Centre).
    • Watermain, Storm sewer and sanitary sewer installation will begin in Stage 4.
    • Street light bases will be installed on the north side of King Street in Stage 3.
    • Tree planting in Stage 2.

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

    Every reasonable effort is being made during construction to minimize disruption and complete the work efficiently and cost effectively. We thank you for your patience and cooperation.

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

    Installing the new permanent watermain in Stage 3

    Installing a new storm sewer manhole in Stage 3

    Installing the new permanent watermain in Stage 3

    Installing a new fire hydrant in Stage 3

    Installing conduit (grey pipe) for traffic signal wires in Stage 3

  • Construction Update October 2, 2020

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    02 Oct 2020
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    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.

    Starting on Friday, September 4th, 2020 the Region’s contractor Navacon Construction Inc. temporarily closed King Street to eastbound traffic between Lowther Street and Bishop Street for approximately 8 weeks. One-way traffic in the westbound direction will continue to be permitted during this stage of the work. The Region will provide a signed detour route for eastbound traffic (including heavy trucks) using Eagle Street, Hespeler Road and Bishop Street. View the Detour Map here.

    Access to businesses and residential properties on both sides of King Street will be maintained within the closure limits, but traffic will only be permitted to travel in the westbound direction.

    Progress Since Last Update:

    • Asphalt, curb and rail tie removal in Stage 3 and Stage 4 (on the south side of King Street)
    • Temporary watermain has been installed in Stage 4.
    • Start watermain installation in Stage 3

    Upcoming Work over the next few weeks:

    • Permanent watermain installation continues in Stage 3.
    • Landscaping in front of 507 King Street E (Allan Reuter Centre) will be begin.
    • Watermain, storm sewer and sanitary sewer installation will begin in Stage 4.
    • Street light bases will be installed on the north side of King Street in Stage 3.

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

    Every reasonable effort is being made during construction to minimize disruption and complete the work efficiently and cost effectively. We thank you for your patience and cooperation.

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

    Temporary watermain connected to house service (black pipe) in Stage 4

    Temporary watermain connected to building service (black pipe) in Stage 4

    Start installing permanent watermain in Stage 3

    Installing new watermain in Stage 3

    Installing new watermain in Stage 3

    Installing new watermain in Stage 3 after removing bedrock

    Installing new watermain in Stage 3 after removing bedrock

    Installing new watermain in Stage 3 after removing bedrock

    Installing new watermain in Stage 3 after removing bedrock

    Installing new watermain in Stage 3

    Upon starting watermain installation, we uncovered an old brick and stone water tunnel

    The inside of the tunnel was mostly dry and still very strong

    Our project archaeologist fully documented the tunnel since we need to remove it to complete the watermain replacement.

  • Construction Update September 18, 2020

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    18 Sep 2020
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    View the full update here

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    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.

    Starting on Friday, September 4th, 2020 the Region’s contractor Navacon Construction Inc. temporarily closed King Street to eastbound traffic between Lowther Street and Bishop Street for approximately 8 weeks. One-way traffic in the westbound direction will continue to be permitted during this stage of the work. The Region will provide a signed detour route for eastbound traffic (including heavy trucks) using Eagle Street, Hespeler Road and Bishop Street. View the Detour Map here.

    Access to businesses and residential properties on both sides of King Street will be maintained within the closure limits, but traffic will only be permitted to travel in the westbound direction.

    Progress Since Last Update:

    • Asphalt, curb and rail tie removal continues in the rest of Stage 3 and Stage 4 (on the south side of King Street)

    Upcoming Work over the next few weeks:

    • Removal of rail-ties and concrete road base continues
    • Temporary watermain work continues in Stage 4.
    • Permanent watermain installation will begin in Stage 3.
    • Storm sewer and sanitary sewer installation will begin in Stage 4.
    • Street light bases will be installed on the north side of King Street in Stage 3

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

    Every reasonable effort is being made during construction to minimize disruption and complete the work efficiently and cost effectively. We thank you for your patience and cooperation.

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

    First layer of asphalt in Stage 3

    Placing the first layer of asphalt in Stage 3

    Preparation for driveway paving

    Placing the first layer of asphalt in Stage 3

    Installing temporary watermain in Stage 4

    Asphalt removal in Stage 3

    Asphalt removal in Stage 3

    Asphalt removal in Stage 4

    Asphalt removal in Stage 4

    Gas relocation in Stage 3

    Removal of streetcar rail ties in Stage 4

    Removal of streetcar rail ties in Stage 4

    Gas relocation in Stage 3

    Removal of streetcar rail ties in Stage 3

    Connection of temporary watermain to a house in Stage 4

  • Construction Update September 4, 2020

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    View the full update here

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    On Friday, September 4th, 2020 (revised date) the Region’s contractor Navacon Construction Inc. will temporarily close King Street to eastbound traffic between Lowther Street and Bishop Street for approximately 8 weeks. One-way traffic in the westbound direction will continue to be permitted during this stage of the work. The Region will provide a signed detour route for eastbound traffic (including heavy trucks) using Eagle Street, Hespeler Road and Bishop Street. View the Detour Map here.

    Access to businesses and residential properties on both sides of King Street will be maintained within the closure limits, but traffic will only be permitted to travel in the westbound direction.

    Progress Since Last Update:

    • General clean up in Stages 1 and 2 is nearly complete.
    • The roadway in Stage 3 has been paved (north side of King Street).
    • Detours and signage have been placed, traffic has been moved to the north side of King Street travelling Westbound only.
    • Temporary watermain works have started in Stage 4 (between Chestnut Street and Bishop Street).

    Upcoming Work over the next few weeks:

    • Asphalt and curb removals are scheduled next week for the rest of Stage 3 and Stage 4 (south side of King Street).
    • Temporary watermain works and connections will ongoing, with sanitary works following in Stage 4 (south side of King Street between Chestnut Street and Bishop Street).
    • Permanent watermain works will also commence in Stage 3 (south side of King Street between Laurel and Chestnut Street)

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

    Every reasonable effort is being made during construction to minimize disruption and complete the work efficiently and cost effectively. We thank you for your patience and cooperation.

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

    Curb being placed in Stage 3

    Road curb being placed in Stage 3

    Large water service being installed in Stage 3

    New parking lane curb in Stage 3

    Forms for new lid on old manhole in Stage 3

    New manhole lids poured in Stage 3

    Conduit install for traffic signals in Stage 3

    Fine grading road in Stage 3

    Trench drain and curb installed in Stage 2

    Start assembling temporary watermain in Stage 4

    Fine grading the road in Stage 3

  • Construction Update August 21, 2020

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    21 Aug 2020
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    View the full update here

    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.

    On Monday, August 31, 2020 (note the revised date) the Region’s contractor Navacon Construction Inc. will temporarily close King Street to eastbound traffic between Lowther Street and Bishop Street for approximately 8 weeks. One-way traffic in the westbound direction will continue to be permitted during this stage of the work. The Region will provide a signed detour for eastbound traffic (including heavy trucks) using Eagle Street, Hespeler Road and Bishop Street. View the Detour Map here.

    Access to businesses and residential properties on both sides of King Street will be maintained within the closure limits, but traffic will only be permitted to travel in the westbound direction.

    Progress Since Last Update:

    • General clean up in Stages 1 and 2 is nearly complete.
    • The north side of King Street in Stage 3 has been prepared and curbs have been placed.
    • Sewer connections on side streets in Stage 3 are complete.

    Upcoming Work over the next few weeks:

    • Paving is scheduled next week for the first half of Stage 3 (north side of King Street).
    • Traffic will be flipped to the north side of the street and removals (asphalt, curb, rail ties) for the south side of King Street in Stage 3 (between Laurel Street and Montrose Street) will begin.

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

    Every reasonable effort is being made during construction to minimize disruption and complete the work efficiently and cost effectively. We thank you for your patience and cooperation.

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

    Road excavation in Stage 3

    Topsoil placed in Stage 1

    Connect sanitary sewer service in Stage 3

    Connect catch basin in Stage 3

    Install sleeves for water services in Stage 3

    Place road gravel in Stage 3

    Ready for sod in Stage 1

    Topsoil placed in Stage 1

    Ready for curb in Stage 3

    Connect catch basin in Stage 3

    Cutting old manhole for adjustment in Stage 3

    Cut manholes ready for new tops in Stage 3

    Pouring new curb in Stage 3

    New curb in Stage 3

    New planters filled in Stage 1

  • Notice of Traffic Change on August 31, 2020 (revised date)

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    14 Aug 2020
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    Notice dated August 14th, 2020 (updated August 20th, 2020)

    Construction of King Street is progressing well. Stages 1 and 2 (Dover Street to Laurel Street) are nearing completion. Our contractor has almost completed the first half of Stage 3 (Laurel Street to Montrose Street).

    Throughout the project, road reconstruction has included the removal of the abandoned streetcar rail ties which are embedded in concrete and buried beneath the existing asphalt. Once Stage 3 work began, exposure of the rail ties revealed that their location, combined with the narrow road corridor in the section between Laurel Street and Bishop Street, would not allow for their safe removal while maintaining two-way traffic as planned.

    Alternate scenarios for maintaining traffic in two directions have been explored, but the required temporary works associated with these options would extend the project timeline, pushing more work into 2021, and delaying completion by several months. After careful consideration, the project team has determined that it is necessary to temporarily close one lane of traffic to allow the work to proceed safely while maintaining the current schedule.

    On Monday, August 31st, 2020 (revised date) the Region’s contractor Navacon Construction Inc. will temporarily close King Street to eastbound traffic between Lowther Street and Bishop Street for approximately 8 weeks. One-way traffic in the westbound direction will continue to be permitted during this stage of the work. The Region will provide a signed detour for eastbound traffic (including heavy trucks) using Eagle Street, Hespeler Road and Bishop Street. A map of the detour route is shown below and in the photos on the project main page.

    Access to businesses and residential properties on both sides of King Street will be maintained within the closure limits, but traffic will only be permitted to travel in the westbound direction.

    During this partial closure, Navacon will also begin work on Stage 4 (Montrose Street to Bishop Street) in an effort to accelerate the completion of that stage.

    Every reasonable effort is being made during construction to minimize disruption and complete the work efficiently and cost effectively. We thank you for your patience and cooperation.

    View the full update here to see the Detour Map

  • Construction Update August 7, 2020

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    06 Aug 2020
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    View the full update here

    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