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Uptown Streetscape Improvement

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The city, in collaboration with the Region of Waterloo, is initiating a streetscape improvement project for King Street North in our uptown core from Central Street to just south of Erb Street. This project has several objectives:

  • To make King Street more accessible for all modes of transportation, including pedestrians
  • To create a streetscape environment that offers a safe, lively, accessible and attractive place to work, live, shop, learn and play
  • To co-ordinate streetscape design elements and improve the quality of business and economic life in uptown Waterloo

Work being done includes the replacement of underground infrastructure (stormwater, sanitary sewers, watermain and underground utilities), reconstruction of the roadway to two lanes with segregated bike lanes on King Street and wider sidewalks, adding new pedestrian-centric street lights, trees, landscaping and street furniture.

Construction update - March, 2018

The bike lanes and streetscaping work not completed in December, 2017 is scheduled to be completed by early June, 2018 with work scheduled (weather permitting) to begin mid-April, 2018. One-way traffic will be maintained along King Street during the construction period with work beginning on the west side of King Street at the Bridgeport intersection. This work will consist of:

  • sand removal;
  • concrete bike lane replacement; and
  • streetscaping and landscaping. 

Once the work is complete on the west side of King Street at the Bridgeport intersection, the remaining bike lanes and landscaping work will be completed on the east side of this street.   

Public engagement

Feb. 28, 2018 UpTown BIA annual general meeting - The Region of Waterloo presented information to the membership providing more information on the King Street work north of Bridgeport Road (stage 3) and other projects planned in uptown Waterloo, including the completion of bike lanes.  

April 13, 2017 meeting with the UpTown BIA -  The City of Waterloo, in conjunction with the Region of Waterloo, hosted an information meeting with local businesses to share timelines and construction details. The following documents pertain to this meeting:

  • Public information package delivered to area residents, businesses and individuals who attended previous information centres on this subject  This notice included details and timing of the construction.
  • Presentation boards used at the meeting with information about the final design, scheduling and a review of how vehicular and pedestrian traffic will be impacted during construction.  

Jan. 31, 2017 public information centre - The City of  Waterloo, in conjunction with the Region of Waterloo, hosted a public information centre to share final design details for the proposed improvements to King Street and the construction timing of the project. In addition, traffic flow plans during construction were shared. The following documents pertain to this information centre:

Please note: The City of Waterloo strives to make all of its services accessible to all, including this website. Some of the documents on this page were prepared by a third-party consultant and may be inaccessible in their current format. If you would like any of these documents in an alternate format, please contact the project manager using the information at the top of this page.

Additional information

Should you have any questions or concerns about this project, please contact Eric Saunderson, senior project manager, Region of Waterloo, 519-575-4746 or