Water Street Infrastructure Project

The second phase of the Water Street project is completed.

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

The second phase of the Water Street project is completed.

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 project will take five years to complete. This page will provide background information and updates on each phase, 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.




  • Traffic & Parking Interruption Water Street

    30 days ago

    As part of the Water Street Infrastructure Rehabilitation Project, there is some additional sewer investigation required. We expect the work to take place 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 23 and Tuesday, Sept. 24.

    To complete this work there will be rolling traffic interruptions and temporary loss of parking spaces.

    The work will be completed by accessing manholes on Water Street from Queen Street to Prescott Street. There will be temporary loss of parking spaces at each manhole location for approximately 1-2 hours.

    For safety reasons traffic will be stopped intermittently by flagpersons.


    As part of the Water Street Infrastructure Rehabilitation Project, there is some additional sewer investigation required. We expect the work to take place 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 23 and Tuesday, Sept. 24.

    To complete this work there will be rolling traffic interruptions and temporary loss of parking spaces.

    The work will be completed by accessing manholes on Water Street from Queen Street to Prescott Street. There will be temporary loss of parking spaces at each manhole location for approximately 1-2 hours.

    For safety reasons traffic will be stopped intermittently by flagpersons.


  • Water Street Traffic and Parking Update

    3 months ago
    CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.

    With the completion of the Water Street Construction project, traffic between Bishop’s Cove and Ayre’s Cove will return to two-way traffic on Wednesday, July 3 at 7:30 a.m.

    Parking meters in the section of Water Street from Bishop’s Cove to Beck’s Cove have been removed during the sidewalk replacement. The City is temporarily installing signs to indicate a 2-hour timed parking restriction in this section of Water Street.

    Timed parking zones are a short-term measure to encourage parking turnover. The City anticipates new parking meters and/or pay-stations will be installed this fall as part of a five-year Paid Parking Management Strategy.

    The section of Water Street from Bishop’s Cove to Beck’s Cove will be equipped with signs to indicate to motorists that they are parking in a section with a time limit, see map.

    The fine for parking longer than the timed parking restriction is $100. Enforcement for the 2-hour parking restriction will begin Thursday, July 4.


    With the completion of the Water Street Construction project, traffic between Bishop’s Cove and Ayre’s Cove will return to two-way traffic on Wednesday, July 3 at 7:30 a.m.

    Parking meters in the section of Water Street from Bishop’s Cove to Beck’s Cove have been removed during the sidewalk replacement. The City is temporarily installing signs to indicate a 2-hour timed parking restriction in this section of Water Street.

    Timed parking zones are a short-term measure to encourage parking turnover. The City anticipates new parking meters and/or pay-stations will be installed this fall as part of a five-year Paid Parking Management Strategy.

    The section of Water Street from Bishop’s Cove to Beck’s Cove will be equipped with signs to indicate to motorists that they are parking in a section with a time limit, see map.

    The fine for parking longer than the timed parking restriction is $100. Enforcement for the 2-hour parking restriction will begin Thursday, July 4.


  • #LoveDowntown Contest May 6 to July 12, 2019

    3 months ago
    CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.
    Sign on water

    Downtown St. John’s customers and lovers are invited to participate in a new contest while the project is underway. It’s easy to participate and support downtown businesses. Check out the details here.

    Downtown St. John’s customers and lovers are invited to participate in a new contest while the project is underway. It’s easy to participate and support downtown businesses. Check out the details here.
  • Water Street Project Near Completion

    about 2 months ago
    CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.

    The second phase of the Water Street project has progressed well this spring and is on schedule to be completed on time. The final layer of asphalt and minor concrete work, which is weather dependent, is scheduled to be completed by June 30.

    Downtown St. John’s, which represents the businesses in the area, have been promoting the importance of downtown during the project and encouraging people to show their support on social media with the #lovedowntown contest. Every week, a gift card for a business in the construction zone is awarded to a participant of the contest. The contest continues...

    The second phase of the Water Street project has progressed well this spring and is on schedule to be completed on time. The final layer of asphalt and minor concrete work, which is weather dependent, is scheduled to be completed by June 30.

    Downtown St. John’s, which represents the businesses in the area, have been promoting the importance of downtown during the project and encouraging people to show their support on social media with the #lovedowntown contest. Every week, a gift card for a business in the construction zone is awarded to a participant of the contest. The contest continues until July 12.

    Water Street businesses, property owners and employees of downtown businesses are invited to attend a debrief session on Monday, July 29 from 11 a.m. to noon in the Foran/Greene Room, City Hall. Information shared will be considered during planning for Phase III in 2020.

    A Water Street Stakeholder Committee including organizational representatives from all business sectors in the downtown have been actively engaged in planning, providing advice and guidance throughout the project.


  • Temporary Detour Water Street

    about 2 months ago
    CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.
    Location:
    Water Street from Bishop’s Cove to Ayre’s Cove

    Start Date:
    Monday, April 1, 2019 - 7:00 am to Saturday, June 29, 2019 - 6:00 pm

    On Monday, April 1, construction will begin on Water Street between Bishop’s Cove and Ayre’s Cove for the second phase of a five-year project to rehabilitate underground infrastructure.

    Hours of construction are Monday to Saturday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

    Traffic

    A section of Water Street between Bishop’s Cove and Ayre’s Cove will be converted to a one-way street heading eastbound. Westbound traffic will be...

    Location:
    Water Street from Bishop’s Cove to Ayre’s Cove

    Start Date:
    Monday, April 1, 2019 - 7:00 am to Saturday, June 29, 2019 - 6:00 pm

    On Monday, April 1, construction will begin on Water Street between Bishop’s Cove and Ayre’s Cove for the second phase of a five-year project to rehabilitate underground infrastructure.

    Hours of construction are Monday to Saturday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

    Traffic

    A section of Water Street between Bishop’s Cove and Ayre’s Cove will be converted to a one-way street heading eastbound. Westbound traffic will be temporarily detoured to Harbour Drive for the duration of the project. Beck’s Cove will be closed, and access given to local traffic only. See attached map.

    Parking

    To facilitate the construction work, several parking meters will be bagged throughout the work zone indicating no parking at those metered spaces.

    Metrobus

    Two Metrobus stops will be affected with a Water Street detour in place – details are available on the Metrobus website.


  • Open for business, just follow the signs

    about 2 months ago
    CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.
    Sign on water

    You’ll notice some new colourful signs on Water Street as Phase II of the Water Street Infrastructure project begins on Monday, April 1st.

    During the Phase I debrief there was a recognition of the need to focus on better pedestrian signage for Phase II. A Signage Committee was struck to work on the design and installation with a goal of letting everyone know that downtown is open for business and to guide people through construction.

    Aside from the signs on street light poles placed outside the construction zone entry points, there will be entry signage (sandwich style) which lists the...

    You’ll notice some new colourful signs on Water Street as Phase II of the Water Street Infrastructure project begins on Monday, April 1st.

    During the Phase I debrief there was a recognition of the need to focus on better pedestrian signage for Phase II. A Signage Committee was struck to work on the design and installation with a goal of letting everyone know that downtown is open for business and to guide people through construction.

    Aside from the signs on street light poles placed outside the construction zone entry points, there will be entry signage (sandwich style) which lists the businesses on each side of the road within the construction zone. The signs mirror the existing #LoveDowntown and new #IDigWater twitter campaigns.



  • Metrobus - Water Street detour scheduled

    4 months ago
    CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.

    Due to Water Street construction Metrobus is advising passengers of the following:

    There will be two bus stops affected:

    STOP ID: 2180 - Water Street - # 240 (Credit Union) will be moved back by the BMO building. This is just before the buses will turn down Ayres Cove.

    STOP ID: 2185 - Water Street - # 294 (Yellowbelly Brewery) will be moved to Harbour Drive opposite Jack Astors restaurant.


    Construction can, at times, cause delays in service, but the issues will be minimized.


    Due to Water Street construction Metrobus is advising passengers of the following:

    There will be two bus stops affected:

    STOP ID: 2180 - Water Street - # 240 (Credit Union) will be moved back by the BMO building. This is just before the buses will turn down Ayres Cove.

    STOP ID: 2185 - Water Street - # 294 (Yellowbelly Brewery) will be moved to Harbour Drive opposite Jack Astors restaurant.


    Construction can, at times, cause delays in service, but the issues will be minimized.


  • Water Street Project Phase II to start in April: Information Sessions Planned

    4 months ago
    CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.

    The second phase of a five-year construction project to rehabilitate water and sewer infrastructure on Water Street will begin in early April between Bishop’s Cove and Ayre’s Cove and is anticipated to be completed by the end of June.

    Two drop-in information sessions are scheduled for businesses, residents and property owners:

    Tuesday, March 19 from 6 to 8 p.m.

    Thursday, March 21 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

    Foran/Greene Room, Fourth floor, City Hall

    The sessions will provide an opportunity for the public to learn more about what will be happening on site...

    The second phase of a five-year construction project to rehabilitate water and sewer infrastructure on Water Street will begin in early April between Bishop’s Cove and Ayre’s Cove and is anticipated to be completed by the end of June.

    Two drop-in information sessions are scheduled for businesses, residents and property owners:

    Tuesday, March 19 from 6 to 8 p.m.

    Thursday, March 21 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

    Foran/Greene Room, Fourth floor, City Hall

    The sessions will provide an opportunity for the public to learn more about what will be happening on site and to connect directly with City staff, the project consultant, a dedicated business liaison and members of City Council regarding questions and concerns they may have.

    The intersection of Water Street and George Street/Beck’s Cove will see the bulk of the underground work and significant heavy equipment will be operating in the area. Parking meters will be bagged throughout the work zone to help maintain safe access for motor vehicles and pedestrians.

    Since planning for the project began in 2015, the City has been working closely with a downtown stakeholder committee. Based on feedback from the business community during the first phase of the project in 2018, a plan is in place to improve signage for pedestrians during the next phase.

    While some of the project can be completed using trenchless technology, traditional open excavation will also be required in places.


  • Planning for Water Street Project - Phase Two

    4 months ago
    CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.

    The City of St. John’s is planning for the next phase of the Water Street infrastructure project, set to continue in spring 2019. The next phase of work will be between Bishop’s Cove and Ayre’s Cove. City staff are currently preparing documentation to pre-qualify contractors.

    Last year the City completed the first phase of the project, from Queen Street to Adelaide Street, by early July and held a debrief with business owners and organizations. The "What we Heard" document is available here.

    Property owners, business owners, managers and those living in the area, especially those who are in the...

    The City of St. John’s is planning for the next phase of the Water Street infrastructure project, set to continue in spring 2019. The next phase of work will be between Bishop’s Cove and Ayre’s Cove. City staff are currently preparing documentation to pre-qualify contractors.

    Last year the City completed the first phase of the project, from Queen Street to Adelaide Street, by early July and held a debrief with business owners and organizations. The "What we Heard" document is available here.

    Property owners, business owners, managers and those living in the area, especially those who are in the next section (from Bishop’s Cove to Ayre’s Cove) are encouraged to attend the session.

    Water Street Infrastructure Project – Phase Two
    Drop in Information Session
    Friday, Nov. 16
    10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
    Rocket Room, Rocket Bakery
    272 Water Street

    Please RSVP by email to engage@stjohns.ca

    The City will hold another information session for businesses prior to work commencing in the Spring. Updates and information will also be made available on this page.


  • What we Heard from Phase 1 Debrief Session

    about 2 months ago
    CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.

    On July 10 the City hosted a debrief session with the business community to discuss Phase 1 of the Water Street Infrastructure Project. At the session, the city shared what had worked well and what was challenging and provided those in attendance with an opportunity to provide their input as well. Notes from the session can be found in the document library.

    On July 10 the City hosted a debrief session with the business community to discuss Phase 1 of the Water Street Infrastructure Project. At the session, the city shared what had worked well and what was challenging and provided those in attendance with an opportunity to provide their input as well. Notes from the session can be found in the document library.