Post on : July 14, 2023
Water Street Construction Project 2023:
July 11, 2023 UPDATE:
Water Street Infrastructure Project is now Complete.
Phase five of the Water Street Infrastructure project is now complete. As of 6 p.m. July 11, two-way traffic will resume on Prescott Street
The final phase of the Water Street Infrastructure project, currently underway at Prescott Street and Job’s Cove, is scheduled to be completed by the second week of July. This is slightly behind the originally estimated June 30 completion date due to unforeseen underground infrastructure challenges.
Base course asphalt is scheduled to be in place Thursday, June 29 with most of the concrete work completed by Friday, June 30. Concrete work is weather dependent however the goal is to have as much complete as possible prior to July 1. Access will always be maintained, including full accessibly for wheelchair, strollers, etc.
The contractor will not be on site during the Canada Day long weekend. They will return to site July 4 to complete the remaining concrete, landscaping and road work, finishing with the surface course asphalt during the first and second weeks of July.
The road closure at Duckworth Street and Prescott Street will remain in place until the surface course asphalt is placed, with traffic able to proceed along Water Street to Harbour Drive. Current barricades on Water Street at Prescott Street will remain in place for the duration of the Pedestrian Mall. The final days of work are not expected to impact business access or the Pedestrian Mall.
All businesses are open within this area during construction.
The City apologizes for any inconvenience caused, appreciates the cooperation of the local business community and looks forward to finalizing this major project in the downtown core.
Underground Construction Starts on Prescott Street
Underground infrastructure installation will be completed at the Waldegrave and Water Street intersection in the coming days, and underground work at Prescott Street and Job’s Cove is starting on Mon. May 8. A road closure at the Prescott Street and Duckworth Street intersection is required to facilitate this phase of work. Signage and flag persons will be in place.
Waldegrave Street intersection
Waldegrave Street will reopen to traffic on Mon. May 8, with some surface work ongoing, and minor delays expected. The intersection surface will be gravel until the asphalt plants are opened towards the end of May. Temporary Metrobus stops and routes remain in place and will be updated on the Metrobus website when they return to normal.
The final phase of the Water Street Infrastructure Improvement project that began on March 27, is progressing on schedule, with the underground infrastructure installation nearing completion at the Waldegrave Street intersection, and underground work scheduled to begin next week at the intersection of Prescott Street and Job’s Cove.
Waldegrave Street intersection
As weather permits, crews will be working to reinstate the road surface at the Waldegrave Street intersection during the coming weeks. Traffic lanes will be opened as the work progresses and the intersection controlled by flags persons. The intersection surface will be gravel until the asphalt plants are opened towards the end of May. A further announcement on the complete reopening of Waldegrave Street will be made as soon as it is safe to do so.
Temporary Metrobus stops and routes will remain in place until the Waldegrave Intersection it is fully reopened. Details for these temporary routes and stops are available on the Metrobus website.
Prescott Street/Job’s Cove Intersection
On Mon. May 1, work will begin in the intersection along Prescott Street/Job’s Cove just south of Water Street. Traffic will be maintained while this work is ongoing, and no detours will be required at this time. Lane reductions will be controlled by flag persons. An announcement will be made when detours are required for the Prescott Street intersection.
The city apologizes for the inconvenience caused by this construction project, which is scheduled to be completed by June 30, 2023.
This project will proceed in phases. For the first stage, there will be significant traffic delays and detours in the following areas:
- Waldegrave Street heading south from the New Gower Street/ Barter’s Hill intersection (near the Delta Hotel) to Water Street will be closed to through traffic. Local access only will be provided along Waldegrave Street. Motorists will have to find another route to access Water Street or Harbour Drive during this time.
- All traffic heading east along Water Street at the Waldegrave Street intersection will be required to use Harbour Drive as no access through the intersection will be permitted.
- Access to Waldegrave Street heading north from Harbour Drive will also be closed. However, access to Water Street West and Water Street East from Harbour Drive will be maintained.
Metrobus stops and routes will be affected during this work. Details for the temporary routes and stops will be available on the Metrobus website.
The city apologizes for the inconvenience caused. We will make an announcement as soon as these detours can be removed.
Stay up to date on all aspects of the Water Street Construction project here: https://www.engagestjohns.ca/water-street-infrastructure-project