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Water Street Infrastructure Project

Since 2015, the City of St. John’s has been planning for a capital project on Water St. between Waldegrave and Prescott St. to replace/rehabilitate 100 year-old underground water and sewer infrastructure and undertake sewer separation. The City has been working with a downtown stakeholder committee to discuss the scope of the work required, the schedule for the project and seek their input.

In December 2016 the City announced there were opportunities to rehabilitate the majority of the water and sewer infrastructure on Water Street using trenchless technologies as a way to mitigate impact on the downtown business community.

While much

Since 2015, the City of St. John’s has been planning for a capital project on Water St. between Waldegrave and Prescott St. to replace/rehabilitate 100 year-old underground water and sewer infrastructure and undertake sewer separation. The City has been working with a downtown stakeholder committee to discuss the scope of the work required, the schedule for the project and seek their input.

In December 2016 the City announced there were opportunities to rehabilitate the majority of the water and sewer infrastructure on Water Street using trenchless technologies as a way to mitigate impact on the downtown business community.

While much of the work can be completed using trenchless technology, traditional open excavation will also be required in places. The work started on April 2nd and will take five years to complete. This page will provide background information and updates, schedules, questions and answers and identify contacts for specific issues. Follow the page or sign up to contribute.

This page is not intended to replace other information such as Public Advisories or Public Notices (e- updates), for day to day updates such as traffic or water interruptions, etc. check the City's website.




  • Water Street Project Nearing Completion

    1 day ago

    The first phase of the five-year project to rehabilitate 100-year-old infrastructure on Water Street is nearing completion with all the underground work on schedule to be complete by June 30. Much of the paving work that is required to complete phase one is weather dependent and some work may continue in July; the City will provide another progress update next week.

    While all underground work is on schedule to be completed by June 30, there is a possibility that paving may continue in to July.

    Once the project is complete, the City will hold a debrief session with...

    The first phase of the five-year project to rehabilitate 100-year-old infrastructure on Water Street is nearing completion with all the underground work on schedule to be complete by June 30. Much of the paving work that is required to complete phase one is weather dependent and some work may continue in July; the City will provide another progress update next week.

    While all underground work is on schedule to be completed by June 30, there is a possibility that paving may continue in to July.

    Once the project is complete, the City will hold a debrief session with business owners and other impacted stakeholders to discuss lessons learned through phase one to ensure we can apply these learnings to the next phases of the project.

    Some of the major work completed to date includes new: sewer lining; manholes; sanitary sewer pipe; storm sewer pipe; catch basins; and, new traffic infrastructure at the intersection of Queen Street and Water Street.


  • Water Street Project Update - April 19, 2018

    2 months ago
    On Tuesday, April 24, construction work will progress to the intersection of Bishop’s Cove/Adelaide Street and Water Street as part of the five-year project to rehabilitate underground infrastructure. Hours of construction are Monday to Saturday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. with phase one expected to be completed by July.
    Traffic and Parking Impacts
    • Bishop’s Cove will be closed to through traffic between Harbour Drive and Water Street for the duration of the project. Access to the parking lots on Bishop’s Cove will be accessible via Harbour Drive.
    • Adelaide Street will also be closed to through traffic between Water...

    On Tuesday, April 24, construction work will progress to the intersection of Bishop’s Cove/Adelaide Street and Water Street as part of the five-year project to rehabilitate underground infrastructure. Hours of construction are Monday to Saturday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. with phase one expected to be completed by July.
    Traffic and Parking Impacts
    • Bishop’s Cove will be closed to through traffic between Harbour Drive and Water Street for the duration of the project. Access to the parking lots on Bishop’s Cove will be accessible via Harbour Drive.
    • Adelaide Street will also be closed to through traffic between Water Street and George Street for the duration of the project. The taxi layby is temporarily moved to George Street.
    • Queen Street will remain closed to through traffic (between George Street and Water Street) as work continues at the intersection of Queen Street and Water Street.
    • Traffic on Water Street will be reduced to one lane at times, with two-way traffic maintained by flagpersons.
    • Parking stalls will be bagged throughout the area to accommodate heavy equipment and maintain traffic flow. Sign up for traffic advisories at stjohns.ca.
    Metrobus
    The bus stop adjacent to 319 Water Street (east of Bishop’s Cove) will be temporarily removed for the remainder of the project.
    Water Street is Open
    Sidewalks will remain open and two-way traffic maintained throughout the project. Although traffic delays may occur, Water Street will remain open and accessible to vehicle and pedestrian traffic for the duration of the work.
    Background and Project Updates
    As with any underground construction project there are many variables that can impact the timeline. The contractor is committed to working as quickly as possible to complete phase one by July 1.

  • Phase 1 starting April 2nd

    3 months ago

    On Monday, April 2, construction will begin at the intersection of Queen Street and Water Street for the first phase of a five-year project to rehabilitate underground infrastructure. During phase one construction will continue in the section of Water Street between Waldegrave Street and Bishop’s Cove. Hours of construction are Monday to Saturday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. with phase one expected to be completed by July 1.

    Traffic and Parking
    Queen Street will be closed to through traffic from George Street to Water Street for at least three to four weeks. Traffic on Water Street will be reduced to...

    On Monday, April 2, construction will begin at the intersection of Queen Street and Water Street for the first phase of a five-year project to rehabilitate underground infrastructure. During phase one construction will continue in the section of Water Street between Waldegrave Street and Bishop’s Cove. Hours of construction are Monday to Saturday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. with phase one expected to be completed by July 1.

    Traffic and Parking
    Queen Street will be closed to through traffic from George Street to Water Street for at least three to four weeks. Traffic on Water Street will be reduced to one lane at times, with two-way traffic maintained by flagpersons. Thirteen parking stalls will be bagged in the area to accommodate heavy equipment and to maintain traffic flow. Sign up for traffic advisories at stjohns.ca.

    Water Street is Open
    Sidewalks will remain open and two-way traffic maintained throughout the project. Although traffic delays may occur, Water Street will remain open and accessible to vehicle and pedestrian traffic for the duration of the project.

    Project Updates
    As with any underground construction project there are many variables that can impact the timeline. The contractor is committed to working as quickly as possible to complete phase one by July 1.

    This page is not intended to replace other information such as Public Advisories or Public Notices (e- updates), for day to day updates such as traffic or water interruptions, etc. check the City's website


  • Phase 1 of Water Street Infrastrcuture Project set to start April 2018

    3 months ago

    March 5, 2018 News Release

    On Monday, March 5, City Council awarded the tender for the first phase of the five-year project to rehabilitate water and sewer infrastructure on Water Street. Work is set to begin between Waldegrave Street and Bishop’s Cove in early April.

    "At the request of the downtown business community, and to minimize disruption, the bulk of the underground and excavation work is scheduled to be completed before the heaviest peak of tourist season in July and August," said Mayor Danny Breen. "To meet this aggressive timeline the tender includes penalties and incentives to ensure the work...

    March 5, 2018 News Release

    On Monday, March 5, City Council awarded the tender for the first phase of the five-year project to rehabilitate water and sewer infrastructure on Water Street. Work is set to begin between Waldegrave Street and Bishop’s Cove in early April.

    "At the request of the downtown business community, and to minimize disruption, the bulk of the underground and excavation work is scheduled to be completed before the heaviest peak of tourist season in July and August," said Mayor Danny Breen. "To meet this aggressive timeline the tender includes penalties and incentives to ensure the work is completed as quickly and efficiently as possible."

    While some the infrastructure rehabilitation will be completed using trenchless technology, excavation will also be required. The intersections of Water Street and Queen Street, and Water Street and Bishop’s Cove will see significant heavy equipment in order to access the underground infrastructure.

    "We are hosting two, informal, drop-in style information sessions for area business and property owners to connect directly with City staff, the project consultant, the contractor, and members of City Council," said Councillor Dave Lane. "These sessions continue our ongoing dialogue with the downtown community to ensure that they are up to date on the project plan."

    Water Street Businesses and Property Owners

    Drop-in Information Sessions

    Foran/Greene Room, Fourth floor, City Hall

     Tuesday, March 20 from 7 to 9 p.m.

     Thursday, March 22 from 9 to 11 a.m.

    Pedestrian and motor vehicle access will be maintained in the construction areas however delays are expected. Motorists may be subject to detours for safety reasons.


  • Planning Underway for Water Street Infrastructure Project in 2018

    7 months ago

    Following discussions with utility providers and an assessment of the use of trenchless technology to address the aging water and sewer infrastructure along Water Street, the City of St. John’s is now prepared to move forward with plans for a rehabilitation program, beginning in 2018. 

    The first phase of the five-year project will occur on the west end of Water Street between Queen Street and Bishop’s Cove. City engineering staff are currently working with CBCL Limited to pre-qualify contractors in December and award the contract in early 2018 to facilitate work being able to start in early spring....

    Following discussions with utility providers and an assessment of the use of trenchless technology to address the aging water and sewer infrastructure along Water Street, the City of St. John’s is now prepared to move forward with plans for a rehabilitation program, beginning in 2018. 

    The first phase of the five-year project will occur on the west end of Water Street between Queen Street and Bishop’s Cove. City engineering staff are currently working with CBCL Limited to pre-qualify contractors in December and award the contract in early 2018 to facilitate work being able to start in early spring.  

    “The goal is to have the major work completed before the peak of each tourist season to minimize disruption,” explained Councillor Dave Lane. “This is in response to feedback we have received from the Downtown Stakeholder Committee and others in the past two years as we have prepared for this complicated and extensive project.” 

    In 2015, the City of St. John’s started work to prepare for the replacement of the water and sewer infrastructure along Water Street. It was expected the project would start in 2016 and run for three to five years. While the project is necessary, there were many concerns expressed about the impact of such a significant tear up. So, in the fall of 2015 the City established a Downtown Stakeholder Committee to share and discuss information related to the project and seek input from them. Ultimately, a recommendation to delay the project was made and in December 2016 the City announced opportunities to rehabilitate the majority of the water and sewer infrastructure on Water Street using trenchless technologies.  

    “While the use of trenchless technology will minimize the need for extensive tear-ups along this busy and important street, traditional open excavation will also be required,” said Councillor Lane. “Our goal is to minimize the impacts, ensuring that vehicle and pedestrian access are maintained to the extent possible throughout the project’s complete timeline.” 

    The City will communicate extensively in the preparation and construction phases, using its website and this engagement page to share project information and updates.