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Downtown Lindsay Reconstruction

Welcome to the Downtown Lindsay Reconstruction project page. 

Lindsay is undergoing a major reconstruction of the downtown area with construction starting in 2019.
This page will provide you with information on the latest updates and construction details happening during the reconstruction project.

Downtown Lindsay Reconstruction

The municipality is undertaking a design project to reconstruction downtown Lindsay. The project scope will involve a re-design of Lindsay between Victoria Avenue to the west, Lindsay Street to the east, Russell Street to the south and Peel Street to the North. 

What?

The project will address the Downtown Lindsay area, as well as surrounding areas to the main street of Kent.

Russell Street, Lindsay Street and Peel Street, as well as portions of Kent Street West, Cambridge Street, William Street and York Street, within the outlined areas above, will undergo reconstruction work. 

Peel Street and Russell Street will be reconstructed in 2019, with the remainder of work to commence starting in 2020. 

Please see the weekly construction updates section below for information on current work, closures and more information.

Why?

Did you know that the infrastructure in downtown Lindsay is over 100 years old? That means that the underground utilities, such as the storm sewer, sanitary sewer and watermain systems are extremely outdated. Kawartha Lakes has identified the need to replace all underground utilities for the outlined Lindsay project area.

At the same time, the municipality is accessing other possible needs for the area, using the mass and necessary development project as an opportunity to address other aspects, such as the roadwork and streetscape design. 

Project information 

Please click on the heading below for more information on the Downtown Lindsay Reconstruction Project. 

 Project updates - Phase One
Stay up to date on the latest construction updates by selecting the week below. Additionally, you can follow us on social media, subscribe to our newsroom or download our municipal app Pingstreet to receive road closures and information straight to your phone. 

Russell St. Reconstruction
Week of October 7
  • The underground crew will be moved to the block between Cambridge Street South and Victoria Avenue South to begin the storm and sanitary sewer installation at the West end of the block.

Week of September 30
  • The underground crew will continue installing watermain and sewer within the Cambridge Street South and Russell Street intersection.
Week of September 23
  • The underground crew will move to complete the underground works in the Cambridge St. South and Russell St. intersection.
  • There will be ongoing concrete sidewalk installation on Russell St. between William St. South and Lindsay St. South.
  • William St. South and Russell St. Intersection - the intersection, which is currently using a 4-way flash, will be returned to proper operating signals.

  • The underground crew will be installing a large water service across Russell St between William St and Cambridge St. at Canada Post. Some businesses and residences will be affected by the water shut down and notices have been handed out.
  • The underground crew are anticpating to complete the remaining storm sewer installation, earth excavation and granular placement within the block of William Street to Cambridge St.
Week of September 16
  • Once the North lanes are up to a gravel state, the underground crew will switch to the South lane to begin concrete removals and storm sewer installation working from Cambridge St. S. towards William St. S. 
  • Within the block between Lindsay St. S. and William St. S. ongoing sidewalk preparation will continue as well as any further site cleanup. Concrete sidewalk pouring is scheduled for mid week and should be continuous throughout the block for the remainder of the week.
Week of September 9
  •  Sanitary sewer installation between William St. S. and Cambridge St. S. to continue all week.
  • Grading, curb and sidewalk installation to continue all week.
  • Traffic will be restricted between Cambridge St. S. and William St. S. to a single Eastbound lane in the Southern most lane.
  • Traffic will be single lane in each direction between William St. S. and Lindsay St. S. The William St. intersection will most likely remain a four way stop.
Week of September 2
  • Crews will begin to pulverize the asphalt between William St. S. and Cambridge St. S. A single lane of asphalt will be left in the Southern most lane of traffic through this section for Eastbound traffic only for the remainder of the week.

  • The underground crew will be completing the watermain connection at York St. and Russell St.
  • Traffic between Lindsay St. S. and William St. S. will be open to a single lane of traffic in each direction for the week.The William St. intersection will remain a four way stop for the week.

  • Removal of sidewalk and boulevard to commence on the North side of the block between William St. S. and Cambridge St. S.
  • An additional “enter only” laneway to Valu-Mart will be added off of Kent Street

Week of August 26
  • Continuation of concrete and asphalt removal on the East end of Russell St. and Lindsay St.S.
  • Excavating will continue on water and sanitary services across the South half of Russell St. up to the South property lines.
  • Traffic will remain Eastbound only between William St.S and Russell St. intersection.
  • William St.S and Russell St. intersection will continue to be a four-way stop while electrical work is being done.
  • Pedestrian traffic will continue to be moved to the North side of Russell St. between Lindsay St. and William St. as the South sidewalk will remain closed.
Week of August 19
  • Concrete and asphalt removal on the East end of Russell St. and Lindsay St.S.
  • Excavating will begin on water and sanitary services across the South half of Russell St. to the South property lines.
  • Electrical work on William St. S and Russell St. intersection. The intersection will be a four-way stop while electrical work is taking place.
  • Russell St. will remain to be single-lane traffic, Eastbound only between William St. and Russell St.
  • York St. will remain open.
  • Pedestrian traffic will be moved to the North side of Russell St. between Lindsay St. and William St. as the South sidewalk will be closed.
Week of August 12
  • The underground crew will be just east of the William St. S. intersection to hook up the sanitary sewer.
  • Traffic will be eastbound only on Russell St. between William St. S. and Lindsay St. S.
  • Access to residents and businesses will remain available and Coco will have dedicated traffic staff on site to assist with deliveries etc.
  • Crews will catch up with trench backfill on Russell St. up to the William St. S. intersection.

  • Coco paving will set up the traffic control to close a portion of the William St. S. intersection for the work within it. Throughout the week, no through traffic will be allowed Southbound through Russell St. from William St. S.

  • Access to residents and businesses between Kent St. and Russell St. will be available from Kent St. eastbound traffic along Russell St. from Cambridge St. S. through William St. S. towards Lindsay St. S. will remain a single lane.

  • Crews will begin to remove asphalt, curb and sidewalk areas where applicable. Crews will also begin installing storm sewer infrastructure.
Week of August 5
  • The underground crew will continue to install watermain and sewer heading West from York St. towards William St. S.

  • Russell St. between William St. S. and Lindsay St. S. will remain a single Eastbound lane.

  • Underground crews may begin to move into the William St. S intersection to begin storm sewer removal work.
  • Businesses on William St. S will be accessible from Kent St., however no through traffic at Russell St. will be allowed. Dedicated traffic staff will be on site to assist.
Week of July 29
  • The underground crew will continue to install watermain and sanitary sewer heading West from Lindsay St. S. towards William St. S.
  • Traffic will be down to one lane Eastbound between William St. S. and Lindsay St. S. 
Week of July 22
 
  • The underground crew will continue with sewer installation at Lindsay St. S heading West. Some temporary water may be hooked up on Monday.
  • Traffic between William St. S. and Lindsay St. S. will be down to one lane eastbound all week.
  • Cut and cap water works will proceed at Lindsay St. S. and Russell St.
  • The underground crew will continue installing watermain and sewer heading from Lindsay St. S. towards York St.

Week of July 15
  • Crews will mobilize on Russell St. to begin setting up traffic control as well as begin laying out the temporary potable water system.

  • Crews will perform watermain cut and cap. Localized water outages will be experienced and Coco will notify all users that will be affected.
  • Russell St. between Lindsay St. S. and William St. S. will be closed to all through traffic however a single Eastbound lane will remain open and businesses and residents will have access from William St. S. at all times.

  • Coco will have a specific traffic foreman on site to assist businesses with deliveries throughout the week.

  • Pulverizing of the existing asphalt between Lindsay St. S. and William St. S. to take place
  • Begin the watermain and sanitary sewer installation at Lindsay St. S. heading West towards William St. S.

Week of July 8
  • Crews are beginning to mobilize on Russell St. this week, between Lindsay St. S., and William St. 
  • Temporary water will be started on both sides of the street.
  • Watermains will begin to be cut at William St.

Peel St. Reconstruction
Week of October 7
  • Ongoing landscaping and cleanup for the week.
Week of September 30
  • Ongoing landscaping and cleanup for the entire week.
Week of September 23
  • Ongoing landscaping and general clean- up will continue. 
  • Peel St. will remain open to both eastbound and westbound traffic.
Week of September 16
  • Ongoing Landscape works throughout the week.
  • Peel St. will remain open to traffic in both directions.
Week of September 9
  • Interlock brick installation to continue.
  • Ongoing landscaping including sod placement if weather permits.

Week of September 2
  • Ongoing landscape work as well as general cleanup and adjustments.

  • Anticipate the beginning of the interlocking brick installation to commence at some point during the week.

  • Peel St. will be open to traffic in both directions.

Week of August 26
  •  Landscape work will continue to take place.
Week of August 19
 
  • Preparation of driveways and parking lots for asphalt.
  • Landscape work will begin.
  • Peel St. will be open both directions for local traffic.
  • Area clean up will take place throughout the week.
Week of August 12
  • Driveway and Parking lot preparation for asphalt. This includes continuing to raise manhole covers and valves flush with asphalt grade for access through the winter.
  • Crews will clean up edges of concrete with granular material or topsoil where applicable.
  • Traffic will be open on Peel St. in both directions.
  • As the road will have an asphalt surface we ask motorists to please drive with caution as workers will still be in place on the road as well as on the curb and sidewalk continuing to perform duties.
  • Paving crews will be back on site to pave in driveways and parking lots where required.
Week of August 5
  • Concrete will continue to be poured along the sidewalks
  • Peel St. will be open to local traffic however driveways and sidewalks may be temporarily closed in specific areas while the concrete is being poured. 
  • Crews will be working on adding gravel to the roadway, raising manhole lids and preparing for asphalt.
  • Asphalt will begin to be paved between William St. N. and Victoria Ave N.
Week of July 29
  • Concrete and grading crew will continue to construct the curb and gutter followed by the sidewalk.
  • Peel St. will be open to local traffic however driveways and sidewalks will continue to be temporarily closed in specified areas to allow the concrete to cure.
  • Temporary water shut down will occur later in the week due to a water valve relocation. Notices to affected residents and businesses will be handed out.

Week of July 22
  • Peel St. Concrete Curb, Gutter and Sidewalk crew should be on site all week to begin pouring the concrete works.

  • Peel St. will be open to local traffic however driveways and sidewalk will be temporarily closed in notified areas for the concrete to cure once poured.

Week of July 15
  • Grading will be continued for curbs and sidewalks as well as further site cleanup
  • Please note the road will be in a gravel state with no curb or concrete sidewalk so reduced speeds and extra caution by motorists would be recommended.
Week of July 8
  • Crews are continuing to install underground infrastructure, with watermain hook-ups occurring from Cambridge St. to Victoria throughout the rest of the week.
  • Peel St. from William St. to Cambridge will be open to local traffic as it has for the last few weeks. Peel St. from Victoria to Cambridge will remain closed to local traffic only as we still have water hookups to do in that area.

  • Traffic will have access to all businesses and residents via Victoria Ave. or Cambridge St.  at any time.

Week of July 1
 
  • The underground crew at Victoria Ave. N.  and Peel St. will complete the watermain and sewer installation in that intersection.
  • The surface works crew will continue to complete the concrete removals and install under drain throughout Peel St.
  • Peel St. will be open to local traffic between William St. N. and Cambridge St. N.
  • Peel St. will be closed to all but local traffic between Cambridge St. N. and Victoria Ave. N. Traffic should plan to enter this end of Peel St. if required from Cambridge St. N.
  • Both crews will work on finalizing removals, installing under drain and removing excess spoil and gravel piles off site throughout Peel St. A small crew will be on site between William St. and Cambridge St. to work on the sanitary service linings.

Week of June 24
  • The underground crew will continue to head West between Cambridge St. N. and Victoria Ave. N. installing sanitary sewer, watermain and storm sewer. It is anticipated to have the majority of the underground installed up to the edge of Victoria Ave. N. by weeks end.
  • The surface works crew will continue to remove concrete curb and sidewalk, construction sub drains and assist with water service connections mainly between William St. N. and Cambridge St. N.

  • An additional crew will be on site at William St. N. to complete a watermain connection on the South side of Peel St.

  • Peel St. will be closed Cambridge St. N. and Victoria Ave. N. The Cambridge St. N. and Peel St. Intersection will be closed during the day for worker and public safety, however opened at night for North/South traffic. Local traffic will have access to residents and businesses via Victoria Ave. N. or Cambridge St. N. depending on the time of day and construction activity.

  • Peel St. between William St. N. and Cambridge St. N. will be open to traffic however it needs to be noted that no through traffic at Cambridge St. will be allowed during the day only at night.

Week of June 17, 2019
  • The new watermain has been fully installed on Peel Street from Cambridge Street to William Street.  A Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks certified company will be starting to test the watermain to make sure it meets all safe drinking water standards.  Once successful results are received, properties will be connected to the new watermain.

  • The underground crew will be working at the intersection of Cambridge St. N. installing sanitary, watermain and storm sewer heading West towards Victoria Ave. N.
  • Peel St. will be closed to all but local traffic from Cambridge St. N. to Victoria Ave. N. including the Cambridge St. N. and Peel St. intersection. Any traffic trying to access the residents and businesses are encouraged to do so by way of Victoria Ave. N.
  • The surface works crew will be removing curb and sidewalk between William St. N. and Cambridge St. N. as well as installing curb drain.
Week of June 10, 2019
  • Construction time delayed due to rain events that occurred during the week of June 3.
  • The new watermain has been fully installed from Cambridge Street to Peel Street.  A Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks certified company will be starting to test the watermain to make sure it meets all safe drinking water standards.  Once successful results are received, properties will be connected to the new watermain.
  • Once the underground work is completed between William and Cambridge Street, traffic will be able to access driveways and parking lots via William Street.
  • The underground crew will begin installing sanitary sewer and watermain starting at the Cambridge St. N. and Peel St. intersection and heading West towards Victoria Ave. N.
  • Peel St. from Cambridge St. N. to Victoria Ave N. (including the Peel St. and Cambridge St. N. intersection) will be closed to all but local traffic at this time. Local traffic is advised to enter Peel St. from Victoria Ave. N. if possible.
 Week of June 3, 2019
  • Crews will be continuing to install sanitary/storm sewer and watermain heading East from Cambridge St. N. towards William St. N. The crew will be in the Eastern end of Peel St. near William St. N. for most of the week.
  • Peel St. will remain closed from Cambridge St. N. to William St. N. (including the Cambridge St. N. and Peel St. intersection).
  • Local traffic will have access to businesses and residents on Peel St. from either Cambridge St N. or William St. N. With the crew becoming ever closer to William St it is advised that the majority of the traffic come in from Cambridge St. whenever possible.
Week of May 27, 2019  
  • Anticipate the heavy underground work to be nearing completion between Cambridge St. N. and William St. N. by the end of this week. Crews potentially could be looking to start with the sewer and watermain work between Cambridge St. N and Victoria Ave. N. (starting at Cambridge) early the week of June 3 to 7. Confirmation update to follow next week.

  • Construction Crews will continue to install Sewer and Watermain Heading East on Peel St. from Cambridge St. to William St. N.

  • Peel St. will continue to remain closed to all but local traffic between Cambridge St. and William St. N.

 Week of May 20, 2019
  • Crews continuing to install sanitary/storm sewers and watermain heading east from Cambridge St. N. to William St. N.

  • Crews will be approximately in the middle of the block for most of the week.
    Peel St. will be closed from Cambridge St. N to William St. N. (including the Cambridge St. N. and Peel St. Intersection)

  • Local traffic will have access to businesses and residents on Peel St. from either Cambridge St. N. or William St. N.

 Week of May 13, 2019
  •  Continue to Install Sewer and Watermain on Peel St. heading East from Cambridge St. to William St. N

  • Peel St. between Cambridge St. to William St. N (including the Cambridge St./Peel St. intersection) will be closed.

  • Businesses and residents will have local access on Peel St. from either William St. N or Cambridge St.

  • Construction crews will continue to install Sewer and Watermain heading East on Peel St. from Cambridge St. to William St. N.

  • Peel St. will continue to remain closed to all but local traffic Between Cambridge St. and William St. N.

Week of May 6, 2019 
  • Continue to install watermain at William and Peel St. 
  • Traffic on William will remain open with two lanes (one in each direction)
  • Begin sewer excavation in Cambridge and Peel St. intersection (heading East). Cambridge and Peel St. intersection will be closed
  • Continue heading East with sewer excavation
  • Coco Paving will have a dedicated supervisor on site during all working hours to assist and inform pedestrians and motorists of on-going routes and parking changes.
 Week of April 29, 2019
  • Peel St. from William St. N. to Cambridge St. N. will be closed for sanitary sewer/watermain installation and road excavation. This will include the intersection of Cambridge St. N. and Peel St. A Peel St will temporarily no longer be a through St. however local traffic will still have access to residents and businesses from the West or East at any time.
  • Coco Paving will have a dedicated supervisor on site during all working hours to assist and inform pedestrians and motorists of on-going routes and parking changes.
  • Russell St. will be open to traffic however local flagging/lane shifting may be present.
Week of April 22, 2019
  • Mobilize to pulverize existing asphalt on Peel St. from William St. N to Victoria Ave. N.
  • Road will be open, traffic will be controlled.
  • Road base will be graded, rolled and dust controlled following directly behind the pulverizing machine.
  • Temporary potable water system to be pressure tested, loaded, chlorinated for test samples.
  • Vacuum excavate areas of watermain connections
  • Continue to layout temporary potable water system Cambridge St. N to Victoria Ave. N
  •  Cut into and cap existing watermain on the North West Side of Cambridge St. and Peel St. This will affect water supply to some residents and businesses.
  • Coco Paving will hand out notices of water supply outages a minimum of 48 hours ahead for the scheduled shut down to all affected businesses and residents.
  • This cut and cap will provide potable water feed to the temporary water system from Cambridge St. to Victoria Ave.
  • Continue to locate or determine all existing live sanitary sewer services for proposed connections to the new sewer. 
 Week of April 17, 2019
  • Continue mobilization/set up further construction signage and construction markers
  • Local traffic control/Excavate test holes for Soil Sampling Procedures
  • Local traffic control/vacuum excavate various utilities for surveying purposes
  • Begin layout and construction of temporary potable water system
 Project background 
Project phases

At the September 24 Council meeting, engineering staff brought forward a report requesting modifications of the current Downtown Lindsay Reconstruction project.

The report outlined an update to the recommended phases of the project. The project will be completed in four main phases, with phase one currently under construction. The intent of the updated phases is to minimize the construction occurring on Kent Street during the summer months while also allowing for a flexible schedule to meet realistic timelines for a project of this size and capacity.

See below for an updated map on the Downtown Lindsay Reconstruction Project phases.

Phases for the Downtown Lindsay Reconstruction projectPhase 1 of the project, currently under construction, includes Peel Street from Victoria Avenue to William Street, and Russell Street from Lindsay Street to Victoria Avenue.

Phase 2 of the Downtown Reconstruction includes Kent Street from William to Lindsay Street, and Lindsay Street from Russell to Kent Street E. Phase 2 work is to be constructed between March and November of 2020, ensuring that Kent St is not reconstructed during the busy summer months (July and August).

Phase 3 includes Kent Street from Victoria to William Street, Cambridge Street from Peel Street to Russell Street Phase 3 work is to be constructed between March and November 2021 ensuring that Kent St is not reconstructed during the busy summer months (July and August).

Phase 4 includes William Street from Peel Street to Russell Street, York Street from Peel Street to Russell Street and Peel Street from William Street to York Street. Work is to be constructed between March and November 2022.

 Public meetings
 

The first Public Open House was held on May 31, 2018 at the Academy Theatre in Lindsay.

Please see below for materials presented at the first Downtown Lindsay Reconstruction Public Open House on May 31, 2018.


May 31, 2018
Public meeting #1 


Please be advised that the presentation and display boards available for download are not in an accessible format. If you require assistance, please contact the City's Engineering and Corporate Assets department by calling 705-324-9411 extension 2117 or email lpeimann@kawarthalakes.ca.

The second Public Open House was held on March 7, 2019 at the Victoria Park Armoury from 6pm to 8pm. The information centre presented the proposed streetscape plans, building on previously completed planning and design studies and incorporate the feedback of Public Open House 1 and additional input from the Stakeholder Groups Working Meeting, which included the Lindsay Downtown BIA, Downtown Revitalization Working Group, Heritage Committee and Accessibility Committee.


March 7, 2019 
Public meeting #2

 

 Project FAQs
 
How long is the reconstruction going to last?
Reconstruction began on Peel Street in April of 2019. Russell Street, along with Peel, are anticipated to be completed in 2019. The remainder of the project phases will be carried out until 2022.
What exactly is being replaced?
  • Watermains and water services
  • Sanitary Sewers and sanitary services
  • Sections of storm sewer where needed
  • Sidewalks, curbs, asphalt
Are businesses still open during the reconstruction?
 Yes, all businesses will remain open during the different phases of reconstruction. Should any businesses have any questions or concerns regarding operations during the reconstruction, please reach out to:

Carlie Arbour
Economic Development Officer- Community
705-324-9411 extension 1396
carbour@kawarthalakes.ca

Where do I park during the reconstruction?
All municipal parking lots will remain open during the reconstruction project, as well as parking along designated streets not affected by the road closures. A digital map of all municipal parking in the downtown Lindsay area is available online.

For more information on restrictions, hours of operation and parking permits, please visit our Parking page.
How do I find out when roads are closed?
To stay up to date on road closures and construction information, please subscribe to our "Construction Updates and Road Closures" category through our newsroom.
Are you hosting any more public meetings?
 The public information centres have all been completed for the reconstruction project. If there are any questions regarding the construction, please contact the Project Lead team below. For media inquiries, please contact our Communications division.
 Project lead 
Paul Turner, P.Eng.

CIMA
55 King Street East
Bowmanville, Ontario  L1C 1N4
Phone : 905-697-4464 extension 6902
Email: paul.turner@cima.ca


Juan Rojas, P.Eng.
City of Kawartha Lakes
12 Peel Street, Box 9000 
Lindsay, ON K9V 5R8
Phone : 705-324-9411 extension 1151
Email: jrojas@kawarthalakes.ca

 

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