Southdale Avenue: Kehl Street to Hoffman Street

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As part of the City of Kitchener’s ongoing efforts to provide exceptional service, staff has scheduled road and sewer improvements in your neighbourhood. The reconstruction is being done to replace the older, deteriorated underground services.

The following is a brief list of specific improvements being considered:

  • Upgrade the existing storm sewer, sanitary sewer and water mains as required.
  • Replace existing sanitary and water services from the new mains to the property line.
  • Curb and gutter, and sidewalks will be installed.
  • Upgrade the asphalt roadway.
  • In accordance with council policy staff will explore new sidewalk on Southdale Drive from 12 Southdale Avenue to Kehl Street.

It is anticipated that construction will occur in 2022.

Please read the Information Package for more details about how this construction may affect you.

All residents are also invited to review the Project Information Boards for more information.

Progress and major milestones will be posted on this project page. Subscribe to get project updates by using the Stay Informed 'Subscribe' button.

As part of the City of Kitchener’s ongoing efforts to provide exceptional service, staff has scheduled road and sewer improvements in your neighbourhood. The reconstruction is being done to replace the older, deteriorated underground services.

The following is a brief list of specific improvements being considered:

  • Upgrade the existing storm sewer, sanitary sewer and water mains as required.
  • Replace existing sanitary and water services from the new mains to the property line.
  • Curb and gutter, and sidewalks will be installed.
  • Upgrade the asphalt roadway.
  • In accordance with council policy staff will explore new sidewalk on Southdale Drive from 12 Southdale Avenue to Kehl Street.

It is anticipated that construction will occur in 2022.

Please read the Information Package for more details about how this construction may affect you.

All residents are also invited to review the Project Information Boards for more information.

Progress and major milestones will be posted on this project page. Subscribe to get project updates by using the Stay Informed 'Subscribe' button.

  • Precondition Survey and On-Street parking

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    The City of Kitchener has awarded J-AAR Excavating Limited the contract for reconstruction work on Southdale Avenue (Kehl Street to Hoffman Street). Construction is scheduled to start on/or about mid-June 2022 with an anticipated completion on/or about late-fall 2022.

    As the City Project Manager, I am a key point of contact; my contact information has been provided in the contact list on the next page. A Construction Inspector will be on site daily while the contractor is working. Should you have any questions or concerns while the work is in progress the Construction Inspector can be identified by the white hardhat and can be approached at any time or contacted using the number provided in the contact list on the next page. Should you experience an after-hours emergency, please contact the 24-hour Contact Centre at 519-741-2345.

    The Contractor will start the project with the setup of their temporary watermain and by completing the pre-condition survey.

    Pre-Condition Survey of Structures

    On heavy construction projects, it is the City of Kitchener’s standard practice to offer to inspect any buildings that might be affected by construction activities before construction starts. If during or after construction residents/tenants experience any concerns with their property, the information from the pre-construction survey will prove very helpful in quickly and accurately resolving any claims, should they arise.

    The pre-condition survey will be conducted by dBA Services Inc. and if they haven’t already, they will be contacting you within the next few days to arrange for this survey. This survey includes an inspection of the interior and exterior of each property to document the existing condition prior to construction. In large high rise apartment buildings the ground floor area will be inspected, but the individual apartment units above will not be inspected.

    We appreciate that some tenants/residents may not want a pre-condition survey of their home and we would like to stress that you are under no obligation to do so. Should this be the case, please advise the representative when they call.

    You will likely feel some vibrations during the routine operation of construction equipment; however, studies have shown that these vibrations are much less severe than the vibration level likely 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.

    Should you experience any problems during construction, please contact me immediately and I’ll address or direct your concern to the contractor if needed. If immediate action is needed, such as an issue with your services and City Staff or Representatives are not immediately available, you are welcome to contact the contractor directly.

    Should situations arise during or after this construction project, the following contact information and telephone numbers are provided for your convenience.

    On Street Parking

    During reconstruction, temporary parking permits will be issued to displaced residents to allow on-street parking when needed. The permits will list streets for parking options as you will be permitted to park longer than 3 hours and overnight. Permits are to be displayed on the dash of your vehicle. Ensure that your vehicle is parked in permitted areas only and that you do not interfere with any construction operations. We communicate with the Bylaw Enforcement team to ensure residents displaced by construction are noted, although illegal parking and/or safety related issues will continue to be enforced. If you require parking enforcement, please contact 519-741-2345. If you have any inquiries, please speak to the site inspector for further direction

  • Contractor Intro and Project Update

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    The City of Kitchener has awarded J-AAR Excavating Ltd. with the contract for reconstruction work including road and sewer improvements on Southdale Avenue. These improvements are scheduled to begin, on or about, mid-June 2022, with an estimated completion date on or about December 2022. You will be notified closer to the date construction is scheduled to start on your section of the street.

    The specific improvements scheduled for this street are:

    Upgrade the existing storm sewer, sanitary sewer and water mains.

    • Replace existing sanitary and water services from the new mains to the property line.
    • Curb and gutter, and wider sidewalks will be installed.
    • Upgrade the asphalt roadway.
    • Replace all driveway ramp entrances in concrete.
    • Install and/or replace retaining walls.
    • Construct a multi-use trail.

    These improvements are being done to upgrade the existing, deteriorated underground services and above ground surface features, in order to prevent future system failure. The project will be funded through utility user fees and will not result in a direct charge to the homeowner.

    Presentation materials were shared with the public last year outlining the details of the proposed improvements to these streets. Updated details have been posted for viewing for all members of the public including owners and residents that will be directly affected by the proposed improvements. For more information regarding this project please visit engagewr.ca/roadreconstruction. If you would like to receive updates for this project as they become available, please subscribe and you will be added to the email list for updates on this project.

  • Letter to Residents

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    During the next few weeks, you may observe surveyors undertaking a detailed field survey in your neighbourhood. The survey is being completed in preparation for the reconstruction of the street(s) listed above.

    In order to gather the required details, the survey will include the frontage of your property as well as the street. The purpose of this survey is to locate all existing features (trees, gardens, steps and walkways, etc.) on the plans for preliminary study and final design.

    The surveyors should not interfere with your regular activities, but will identify themselves if you have any questions. The reconstruction is being done to replace the older, deteriorated underground services.

    The following is a brief list of specific improvements being considered:

    • Upgrade the existing storm sewer, sanitary sewer and water mains as required.
    • Replace existing sanitary and water services from the new mains to the property line.
    • Curb and gutter, and sidewalks will be installed.
    • Upgrade the asphalt roadway.
    • In accordance with council policy staff will explore new sidewalk on Southdale Drive from 12 Southdale Avenue to Kehl Street.
Page last updated: 17 Jun 2022, 02:09 PM