Water Street Infrastructure Project

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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.




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.




  • Project complete for 2021

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    The fourth phase of the Water Street Infrastructure Improvement Project from Clift’s-Baird’s Cove to Job’s Cove/Prescott Street is complete a few days ahead of schedule.

    As of 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 24, two-way traffic will resume on this section of Water Street.

    The City would like to thank the public and the business community for their patience during construction.

    The final phase of the project is scheduled to start in spring 2022.

  • Phase IV (2021) Kick off Information Session

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    The next phase of the Water Street construction project is set to start in early April 2021, between Clift’s Baird’s Cove and Job's Cove. Property owners, business owners, employees, and people who live in the area are encouraged to sign up to attend a virtual information session to learn details about the next phase of work.

    Tuesday, March 23, 2021

    10 to 11 a.m.

    To register click here.

    City staff, representatives from the engineering consultant, the City’s designated business liaison for the Water Street project and Downtown St. John’s staff will be there to answer questions and review the 2021 project plan.

    For an outline of the scope of work for 2021, check out the document library.

  • Phase IV 2021 information session upcoming

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    The City is planning for the next phase of the Water Street infrastructure project, set to start in spring 2021. The work will be undertaken between Clift’s Baird’s Cove and Job’s Cove.

    Property owners, business owners, employees, and people who live in the area are encouraged to attend a virtual information session and learn about the next phase of work.

    Register to attend a virtual information session on Thursday, Nov. 26 from 10 to 11 a.m.

    City staff, representatives from the engineering consultant CBCL, and the City’s designated business liaison for the Water Street Project will be available during the session. Unable to attend? Speak with a project representative by calling 576-3286 or email mwhite@stjohns.ca.

  • Phase III complete

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    Phase III of the Water Street Construction project between Ayre’s Cove and Clift’s Baird’s Cove is complete. Two-way traffic resumes on Water Street by 10 a.m. today, Monday, June 29.

    Residents and business owners looking to provide feedback on this phase of the construction can e-mail engage@stjohns.ca. Feedback should consider both what worked well during this phase and what was challenging. As in previous years, the city will consider all feedback as it plans for Phase IV.


  • Water Street Construction project set to start April 6 2020

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    The Water Street construction project between Ayre’s Cove and Clift’s Baird’s Cove will proceed as scheduled from April to June 2020, with a start date of April 6.

    Occupational Health and Safety measures will be implemented based on the latest guidelines recommended for COVID-19.

    Property owners and business owners in the construction area can contact the Water Street Business Liaison with questions or concerns.

    A traffic detour will begin on Monday, April 6 and section of Water Street (Bishop’s Cove to Clift’s Baird’s Cove) will be converted to one-way for eastbound traffic, see attached map
  • Phase III kick off information session

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    The next phase of the Water Street construction project is set to start in early April 2020, between Ayre’s Cove and Clift’s Baird’s Cove. Property owners, business owners, employees and people who live in the area are encouraged to drop-in at their convenience to learn details about the next phase of work.

    A drop-in information session is scheduled:

    Thursday, March 12, 2020

    10 a.m. to noon

    Atlantic Place Atrium

    215 Water Street

    City staff, representatives from the engineering consultant, the City’s designated business liaison for the Water Street project and Downtown St. John’s staff will be there to answer questions and review the 2020 project plan.

    For an outline of the scope of work for 2020, click here.

  • Water Street Project Phase III Information Session

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    CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.

    The City is planning for the next phase of the Water Street infrastructure project, set to start in spring 2020. The next phase of work will be between Ayre’s Cove and Clift’s Baird’s Cove. A public drop-in information session is scheduled:

    Wednesday, Nov. 20

    10 a.m. to noon

    Rocket Room, Rocket Bakery

    272 Water Street

    City staff, members of council, representatives from the engineering consultant CBCL and the City’s designated business liaison for the Water Street Project will be in attendance.

    Water street property owners, business owners and employees are encouraged to attend and lean about the impacts of the next phase of work.
  • Traffic & Parking Interruption Water Street

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    CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.

    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

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    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.


  • #LoveDowntown Contest May 6 to July 12, 2019

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    CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.
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    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.
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