Construction and Road Closures

The Region of Waterloo has many construction projects every year. These include resurfacing, reconstruction, widening, new road construction.  Updates on projects currently underway and future planned works are listed here.

To report a problem or a concern with construction or road closures, call 519-575-4400 (or TTY for the deaf and hard of hearing: 519-575-4608.)

Essential construction, operations and maintenance during COVID-19 Pandemic

In the coming days and weeks, residents will begin to see some essential construction projects resuming or starting. Residents will also see essential maintenance and operations work undertaken by the Region of Waterloo.

This work will be carried out with the health and well being of residents and workers as a priority.

Our community continues to have essential needs, and the Region of Waterloo continues to serve those essential needs.

In April 2020, the Province of Ontario outlined that construction of roads, watermains, sewers and other municipal services is essential to ensure that these services continue to work properly and to continue to meet the needs of the community.

Operations and maintenance of our roadways is also critical to the ongoing daily needs of residents in Waterloo Region. All aspects of roadway maintenance will continue such as traffic signal maintenance and repair, sign replacement and installations, line painting, roadway/surface repairs, street sweeping, general debris pickup, bridge washing, safety device repairs, winter damage repairs, grass cutting, vegetation/tree/foliage maintenance, sewer/ditch maintenance and gravel shoulder maintenance. Much of this work is also required to ensure the Region of Waterloo meets Provincial standards. 

As we move forward with construction projects, and as we undertake operations and maintenance, our approach is consistent with other municipalities. We also continue to communicate on an ongoing basis with our local municipal partners.

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve at a fast pace, we will continue to evaluate and re-assess our approach with the safety of residents and workers as a priority.

For more information on COVID-19 in Waterloo Region please visit: www.regionofwaterloo.ca/COVID19

Construction, Operations and Maintenance during COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions 

Why is the Region proceeding with construction work at this time?

We understand that some residents may have concerns with construction moving forward during the COVID-19 pandemic. On March 23, 2020 the Province included construction activities on a list of essential services.  On April 3, 2020 the Province reduced the list of essential businesses. It maintained that construction of roads, watermains, sewers and other municipal services is essential. These services must continue to work properly to continue to meet essential community 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. This will ensure compliance 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.

We will be providing more specific information for each project to homes and businesses in each construction area by mail, email and on the Region’s website.

Why is the Region proceeding with operations and maintenance at this time?

Operations and maintenance is critical to the ongoing daily needs of our community. Residents continue to have essential needs and the Region of Waterloo provides many of those needs.

While some of this work may not be seen as being essential at the moment, most activities are reliant on others to be completed, for example picking up debris prior to grass mowing operations. In addition, much of this work is also required for the safe operation of our roadways and to ensure the Region of Waterloo continues to meet Provincial standards and local bylaws.

We will continue to provide these services in a manner that is safe for our workers, and safe for the public.

What is being done to ensure workers and members of the public are safe?

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. 

At a minimum, there will be sanitation measures in place, physical separation will be maintained whenever possible and additional personal protective equipment (PPE) will be used, if required. 

Any workers that have symptoms or are otherwise not feeling well will be staying home and following current public health procedures.  Interactions between workers and the public will generally not be required in order for them to perform their activities. 

Where direct communications with the public are necessary, workers will follow policies and procedures that align with current guidelines in place at that time.

All workers are expected to maintain physical distance and use appropriate personal protective equipment if they need to be closer than two metres.

We remind everyone that staying as far away from work areas as possible is always a good idea. With our community’s children home from school during the day we would especially like to remind parents and caregivers that children must avoid playing around the work site. The contractors will be reminding anyone who gets too close to the work area to keep a safe distance away from work areas.

 For construction, will anyone need to access my home or business?

At this time, we do not anticipate that anyone will need to access your home or business in most cases. 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 responsible for the specific project in your area. 

Contact information for the Region’s Project Manager is included on any notices that you receive and is available on the in the Current Construction Projects tab below or by calling the Region at 519-575-4400.

Will emergency vehicles be able to access my home or business during construction? 
Yes. Traffic restrictions and closure requirements will vary on each project.  You will receive information on these requirements in advance from the Region’s project manager if you live or work at a property directly abutting the proposed construction. Each project will have measures in place to maintain emergency access at all times. Emergency Services will be advised in advance of these specific requirements for each project. 
How will my utilities be affected by construction? 

All utilities in the Region of Waterloo have essential staff available should any emergency situation arise that causes a disruption to service.

Some projects involving watermain construction may require a temporary above-ground watermain to be installed.  Temporary service will be provided through an exterior connection.  Short term interruptions to your water service will be required to complete connections to the temporary and new watermains. You will be notified in advance of any planned water disruption with information on the anticipated duration, procedures to be followed, and contact information in case you have any concerns.

 
Will there be noise during construction?
We understand that many people are currently home with their families and also may be working from home. As with all construction activity, please anticipate some noise and vibrations. The contractor is generally permitted to work between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.   from Monday to Saturday. 
What if a member of my household or business has any specific needs during construction?
If someone in your home or business has physical disabilities or special needs to access your property, please contact the Regional project manager responsible for the project.  We will help ensure access is maintained where and when possible. 

 

List and map of road closures

A list of Waterloo Region road closure information

An up-to-date map including road closure information for the Region of Waterloo and the cities of Cambridge, Kitchener and Waterloo. Road Closures Map

Current construction projects

The projects and schedules are based on the program approved by Regional Council. The type, location or timing of these works may change or may not occur at all. These changes may occur before the start of the works or as the works are being carried out.

Typical practice with reconstructing roads is to pave to base course asphalt, with surface course asphalt placed on the road the following year. 

Cambridge 
Check the list to see what Regional roads in your area are under construction.

Name

Type of Work

Contact

Avenue Road, Franklin Boulevard to Hespeler Road Watermain Replacement

Padraig Keating 

226-752-7029

Dundas Street (Reg. Rd. 8), Shade Street to Briercrest Ave Road Reconstruction

Greg Proctor

519-575-4729

Dundas Street (Reg. Rd. 8), Shade Street to Hespeler Road  Road Reconstruction

Greg Proctor

519-575-4729

Fountain Street (Reg. Rd. 17), King Street (Reg. Rd. 8) to Highway 401 Road reconstruction

Jason Lane

519-575-4757

x3752

Hespeler Road Delta Parkettes  

Saman Ajamzadeh 519-575-4457

Townline Road, Saginaw Pkwy., to Coulthard Blvd

Illumination and Signalization at Saginaw Parkway Saman Ajamzadeh 519-575-4457
Kitchener
Check the list to see what Regional roads in your area are under construction.

Name

Type of Work

Contact

Fairway Road (Reg. Rd. 53), Wilson Avenue to Fairview Park Mall Entrance

Sidewalk installation Saman Ajamzadeh 519-575-4457

Fischer-Hallman Road, Bleams Road to Plains Road, Kitchener

 

Justin Armstrong

519-575-4757

x 3164

Fischer-Hallman Road, Bleams Road to Strasburg Creek

Roundabout

Justin Armstrong

519-575-4757

x 3164

Fischer-Hallman Road, Strasburg Creek Roundabout

Dave Hallman

226-750-4143

Gage Avenue to King Street (Reg. Rd. 15)

Transit Hub Trail

Eric Saunderson 519-575-4746

Highland Road, Fischer-Hallman to Ira Needles Boulevard

Reconstruction

Jim Ellerman

519-575-4400 x3757

Highway 7/8 Cycling & Pedestrian Bridge, Strasburg Road / Chandler Drive to Avalon Place

Construction

Andrew Doman 

519-575-4757 x 3183

Ion Access Improvements, Courtland Avenue at Hillmount Street and Courtland Avenue at Shelby Drive

  Matthew O'Neil 519-575-4400 x3462

Ira Needles Boulevard at Victoria Street South

Storm Pond 0070-002 Clean Out and Restoration

Steve Yonemitsu

519-575-4400 X3141

Joseph Street to King Street West, Kitchener

Multi-Use Trail

Steve Yonemitsu

519-575-4400 X3141

King Street, from Freeport Bridge to Freeport Hospital Entrance

Multi-Use Path Saman Ajamzadeh 519-575-4457

Lackner Boulevard (Reg. Rd. 54) MUT, Ottawa Street N to Victoria Street N

Multi-Use Trail

Saman Ajamzadeh 519-575-4457

Ottawa Street, Fischer-Hallman to Alpine

Reconstruction

Jason Guan 

519-575-4400 x3202

Ottawa St South (Reg. Rd. 4), Fischer-Hallman Rd to International Place

Reconstruction with installation of Multi Use Trail Jeff Nyenhuis

519-575-4735

Ottawa Street, Nottingham to Nyberg and Weber Street, Sheldon to Borden

Reconstruction

Greg Proctor

519-575-4729

River Road Extension, King Street to Manitou Drive

   

Jason Lane

519-575-4757 x3752

Weber Street (Reg. Rd. 8), Borden Avenue to Queen Street Reconstruction Ken Brisbois

519-575-4606

Waterloo
Check the list to see what Regional roads in your area are under construction.
NameType of WorkContact

Erbsville Road at Wideman Road

Sidewalk Installation Saman Ajamzadeh 519-575-4457

King Street North (Reg. Rd. 15) University Avenue to ION tracks south of Erb Street

Reconstruction, Cycling Lanes, and Sidewalks Eric Saunderson 519-575-4746 

Northfield Drive (Reg. Rd. 22) Bridge Street to University Avenue

Reconstruction & Widening

Michelle Pinto

519-575-4400 x3637

 

Weber Street (Regional Road No. 8), Waterloo Forwell Creek Road to Blythwood Road, and Dutton Drive to Parkside Drive

 

Full Reconstruction

Jason Guan 519-575-4400 x3302

Farmer's Market Spur Line Trail, Northfield Drive West to Farmer's Market Road, City of Waterloo and Township of Woolwich

Multi-use Trail and Drainage Improvements

Michelle Pinto 519-575-4400 x3637

North Dumfries
Check the list to see what Regional roads in your area are under construction.

Name

Type of Work

Contact

Wellesley
Check the list to see what Regional roads in your area are under construction.

Name

Type of Work

Contact

Herrgott Road at Conestoga River & Ament Line at Boomer Creek

Bridge Rehabilitation

Ken Brisbois

519-575-4606

Kressler Road, from Lobsinger Line to Arthur Road

Resurfacing, watermain replacement and proposed sidewalk

 Jason Guan 519-575-4757 X3302

Line 86 (Wallenstein) Upgrades, from 300m west of Hergott Road to 100m east of Listowel Road

Reconstruction

Larry Van Wyck

519-575-4529

Wilmot
Check the list to see what Regional roads in your area are under construction.

Name

Type of Work

Contact

Notre Dame Drive Reconstruction, 0.4km South of Erb's Road to St. Anne Avenue North

Reconstruction

Jeff Nyenhuis

519-575-4735

Snyder's Road Reconstruction, Foundry Street to Gingerich Road

Reconstruction

Ken Brisbois

519-575-4606

Woolwich

Check the list to see what Regional roads in your area are under construction.

Name

Type of Work

Contact

Arthur Street, Sandy Hill Road to Floradale Road

Resurfacing

Larry Van Wyck

519-575-4529

Church Street East, Arthur Street to Duke Street

Reconstruction

Boris Latkovic

226-750-8328

Floradale Road, Line 86 at Floradale Rd

Intersection Improvements

Saman Ajamzadeh 519-575-4457

Kressler Road, from Lobsinger Line to Arthur Road

Resurfacing, watermain replacement and proposed sidewalk

  Jason Guan 519-575-4757 X3302

Sawmill Road (Reg. Rd. 17), River Street to Snyders Flats Road 

Reconstruction with installation of sidewalks and bike lanes Jason Lane

519-575-4757 x3752

West Montrose Covered Bridge

Reconstruction Shawn Buckley 519-575-4093

Farmer's Market Spur Line Trail, Northfield Drive West to Farmer's Market Road, City of Waterloo and Township of Woolwich

Multi-use Trail and Drainage Improvements Michelle Pinto 519-575-4400 x3637

Future construction projects

The projects are based on the 10-Year Capital Program approved by Regional Council. These works may change or may not occur at all.
 Cambridge
Check the list to see what is planned for upcoming construction on a Regional road in your area.

Name of Project

Contact

Ainslie Street and Park Hill Road

Andrew Doman 

519-575-4757 x 3183

East Boundary Road, City of Cambridge, Township of North Dumfries, Township of Puslinch

Justin Armstrong

519-575-4757 x3164

Fountain Street, Maple Grove Road to Fairway Road

Rafael Sandoval

RSandoval@regionofwaterloo.ca

Maple Grove Road (Hespeler to Vondrau)

Justin Armstrong

519-575-4757 x3164

Myers Road, Water Street to Branchton Road

Michelle Pinto

519-575-4757 x 3637

 Kitchener
Check the list to see what is planned for upcoming construction on a Regional road in your area.

Name of Project

Contact

Bleams Road, Strasburg Road to Fischer-Hallman Road

Saman Ajamzadeh 519-575-4557

Bleams Road (RR56) West of Fischer-Hallman Road to Trussler Road

Greg Proctor

519-575-4729

King Street and Sportsworld Drive, Highway 401 to Freeport Bridge and King Street to Sportsworld Crossing Road

Peter Linn

519-575-4757 x3773

Lancaster Street, Wellington Street to Bridgeport Road

Peter Linn

519-575-4757 x3773

New Dundee Road Roundabout at Robert Ferrie Drive

Saman Ajamzadeh 519-575-4557

Westmount Road (Highland Road to Glasgow Street) and Victoria Street (Fischer-Hallman Road to Lawrence Avenue) 

Eric Saunderson

519-575-4746

Westmount Road (RR50), Glasgow Street to Erb Street (RR9)

 Larry Van Wyck

519-575-4729

Waterloo
Check the list to see what is planned for upcoming construction on a Regional road in your area.

Name of Project

Contact

Bridge Street, University Avenue to Woolwich Street

Peter Linn

519-575-4757 x3773

Bridgeport Road/Caroline Street (Reg. Rd. 9), King Street (Reg. Rd. 15) to Erb Street (Reg. Rd. 9)

 

Erb Street, Ira Needles Boulevard to Wilmot Line

William Gilbert

519-575-4603 

Fischer-Hallman Road, Columbia Street West to Westmount Road North

Justin Armstrong

519-575-4757 x3164

University Avenue, Albert Street to Weber Street

Andrew Doman 519-575-4757 x 3183 

Weber Street, Blythwood Road to Northfield Drive

Jason Guan 519-575-4400 x3302

Westmount Road (RR50), Glasgow Street to Erb Street (RR9)

Larry Van Wyck

519-575-4529

North Dumfries
Check the list to see what is planned for upcoming construction on a Regional road in your area.

Name of Project

Contact

East Boundary Road, City of Cambridge, Township of North Dumfries, Township of Puslinch

Justin Armstrong

519-575-4757 x3164

Roseville Road Reconstruction, 0.6km West of Fischer-Hallman Road to 0.4km East of Fischer-Hallman Road

Jeff Nyenhuis

519-575-4735

Wellesley
Check the list to see what is planned for upcoming construction on a Regional road in your area.

Name of Project

Contact

Wilmot
Check the list to see what is planned for upcoming construction on a Regional road in your area.

Name of Project

Contact

Cedar Creek Road and Trussler Road Roundabout

Jeff Nyenhuis

519-575-4735

Woolwich
Check the list to see what is planned for upcoming construction on a Regional road in your area.

Name of Project

Contact

Church Street East , Arthur Street to 120m East of Spruce Lane

Boris Latkovic

519-575-4400

x4457

Floradale Road & Line 86 Roundabout

Jeff Nyenhuis

519-575-4735

Sawmill Road and Ebycrest Road Roundabout

Jeff Nyenhuis

519-575-4735

West Montrose Covered Bridge Rehabilitation

Michelle Pinto

519-575-4400  x3637

 

Scheifele Bridge Superstructure Replacement, Northfield Drive at Conestogo River 

Ken Brisbois

519-575-4606

Tips to reduce delays during construction
  • Avoid rush hour travel - Travel before or after the rush to and from work if you can, or take alternate routes and save non-essential travel for the less busy times. This will help reduce traffic trying to squeeze through reduced lanes in construction zones.
  • Carpool - Even if you need your car during the day, you can find a carpool buddy who does not. You will not only help reduce traffic, you can also save money on gas and parking costs too. Visit gotravelwise.ca and sign up to find a carpool buddy.
  • Take transit - Go to grt.ca and check out schedules for Grand River Transit routes.

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