Union Street East reconstruction

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Union Street East reconstruction from King Street to Moore Avenue

Welcome to the project page for the planned reconstruction of Union Street East between King Street South and Moore Avenue South (tentatively scheduled for 2021). The City intends to completely reconstruct this section of Union Street to replace the aged watermain, sewers, and road structure. This is also an opportunity to improve Union Street for pedestrians and cyclists. The city has retained the engineering firm of WalterFedy to assist with the planning and design of this project.

Details on the current stage of this project are in the News feed: right now, we are presenting the initial design options for this project for your feedback. Please take the time to view our Presentation video for details, and read through the Alternatives below. We want to know what you think, so please give us your thoughts through our survey, or ask us a question.


Welcome to the project page for the planned reconstruction of Union Street East between King Street South and Moore Avenue South (tentatively scheduled for 2021). The City intends to completely reconstruct this section of Union Street to replace the aged watermain, sewers, and road structure. This is also an opportunity to improve Union Street for pedestrians and cyclists. The city has retained the engineering firm of WalterFedy to assist with the planning and design of this project.

Details on the current stage of this project are in the News feed: right now, we are presenting the initial design options for this project for your feedback. Please take the time to view our Presentation video for details, and read through the Alternatives below. We want to know what you think, so please give us your thoughts through our survey, or ask us a question.


Please ask us your questions about the design alternatives, and we will provide answers as soon as we can. Please try to keep your questions as short as possible, and focused on the alternative presented. (This project will include an opportunity to ask questions about the actual construction process in the future, once the final design has been selected).

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    Why can't the hydro lines be buried? It would make the neighborhood more pleasant..

    JanK asked about 2 months ago

    Burying overhead hydro and utilities is extremely costly. As such, the Council-approved budget for the project does not include funds for burying of overhead utilities, only relocation where required for the implementation of the preferred design alternative. For context, the City had given consideration to burying the overhead hydro on Albert Street when new cycling infrastructure was implemented between Bridgeport Road and Erb Street, but decided against it as it would have nearly doubled the cost of the project.

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    Why is there no pedestrian island or light near Union and Willow? The distance between the one at the rail path and the one at Herbert leaves crossing the street for those on foot a challenge.

    dnlrbchd asked 3 months ago

    A new pedestrian refuge island at Herbert was preferred as it provides better connectivity with adjacent side streets and allows for the existing left-turn lane to be maintained. Installation of new islands at both streets would be unwarranted as there is just over 100 metres between the two locations.

    New traffic signals are the responsibility of the Region of Waterloo and are not being considered as part of this project.

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    The City has designated speed limits of 40 kph around schools. This should be done on John E and Allen E around Elizabeth Ziegler School, especially since there will be increased traffic on both b/c of the construction.

    Terry Olson Stewart asked 2 months ago

    Speeds around school zones on surrounding streets are outside the scope of this project, but we will forward your feedback to our Transportation team.

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    I would greatly value a pedestrian crossing at Mary or Herbert Street. There are many children who walk to school and have to cross Union, which is currently very unsafe. A pedestrian crossing is very important to consider in this design.

    KG asked 2 months ago

    Union Street Design Alternative 2 includes a pedestrian refuge island at Herbert Street. 

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    Since the street will be dug up, have you contacted any service providers about laying optical fiber? I live one street over on John East and I'm told there's no fiber in the area by Bell.

    Terry Olson Stewart asked 2 months ago

    Coordination with third-party utilities takes place during the preliminary and detailed design phases of all road reconstruction projects; however, improvements such as installing new optical fiber are completed at the sole discretion of the utility agencies. As of November 2019, Bell had indicated that they do not have plans for improvements within the project limits.

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    Is the current yellow line or center of the roadway accurate to these design alternatives. Or could the center be adjusted at the time of the project.

    Mike K asked 2 months ago

    While the centreline may shift slightly in some locations during detailed design, it is unlikely that the alignment of the road will significantly change from these design alternatives to the final design.

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    What would be the speed limit on this stretch of Union after construction is completed?

    Good asked 3 months ago

    The speed limit will remain at 50km/h.

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    Is there a formula by which the City follows for determining property acquisition costs?

    Good asked 3 months ago

    The City does not have a mathematical formula for determining property values.  Property under consideration for acquisition will be appraised by a local property appraiser using local information which will serve as the basis for negotiation with each impacted property owner.  

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    Will new locations of hydro poles be illustrated on plans for public to see and engage in?

    Good asked 3 months ago

    The new hydro pole locations will be determined in conjunction with Waterloo North Hydro during the detailed design phase, but the general intent is to locate all new poles within the boulevard space between the back of curb and front edge of sidewalk. Hydro agencies typically do not proceed with their own designs until the road design is nearly complete, so it is unlikely that plans illustrating the new pole locations will be available during public consultation.

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    are there any drawings so we can get somekind of visual

    lawrence wiedemann asked 2 months ago
    Technical drawings for the design alternatives are included in the Project Library section.