Water Street Infrastructure Project

On Monday, April 1, 2019 construction began on Water Street between Bishop’s Cove and Ayre’s Cove for the second phase of a five-year project to rehabilitate underground infrastructure (details in News Feed).


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.




On Monday, April 1, 2019 construction began on Water Street between Bishop’s Cove and Ayre’s Cove for the second phase of a five-year project to rehabilitate underground infrastructure (details in News Feed).


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.




  • #LoveDowntown Contest May 6 to July 12, 2019

    about 1 month ago
    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.
  • Temporary Detour Water Street

    3 months ago

    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.


    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

    3 months ago
    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 businesses on each side of the road within the construction zone. The signs mirror the existing #LoveDowntown and new #IDigWater twitter campaigns.



    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

    3 months ago

    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

    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

    8 months ago

    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

    11 months ago

    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.

  • Water Street Construction - Phase One Debrief Tuesday, July 10th

    12 months ago

    All underground work for the first phase of the five-year project to rehabilitate infrastructure on Water Street will be completed this week. The temporary watermain will be removed from businesses and all curb, gutter and the first layer of asphalt in place by Saturday, June 30.

    The final layer of asphalt, and some small sections of sidewalk at both Bishop’s Cove and Queen Street intersections will be completed after the Canada Day long weekend. Any unfinished areas will be made safe for pedestrians during the weekend and completed during the first week of July.

    The City recognizes that this project...

    All underground work for the first phase of the five-year project to rehabilitate infrastructure on Water Street will be completed this week. The temporary watermain will be removed from businesses and all curb, gutter and the first layer of asphalt in place by Saturday, June 30.

    The final layer of asphalt, and some small sections of sidewalk at both Bishop’s Cove and Queen Street intersections will be completed after the Canada Day long weekend. Any unfinished areas will be made safe for pedestrians during the weekend and completed during the first week of July.

    The City recognizes that this project has been challenging for everyone. As communicated at the beginning of the project, a debrief session is planned for phase one. Water Street businesses, property owners and employees are invited to attend. Members of City Council, City staff, and the engineering consultant will be there.

    Water Street Construction - Phase One Debrief

    Tuesday, July 10

    11 a.m. to noon

    Foran Greene Room

    Fourth floor, City Hall

    The debrief will focus on what worked well during phase one, what was challenging, and what can be improved for phase two, starting in 2019.


  • Water Street Project Nearing Completion

    12 months 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

    about 1 year 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.