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Road Construction Project, EN1294

Blake Street Watermain Replacement

The watermain will be rehabilitated by installing a new watermain on Blake Street, from Puget Street to Penetanguishene Road.

Road Closure: Intersection of Blake & Johnson

From 7am August 9 to 7pm August 13, there will be a full road closure at the intersection of Blake Street and Johnson Street for construction works related to this project. No through traffic. Detour routes in effect:

  • Blake Street - Shanty Bay Road - Crestwood Drive - Penetanguishene Road - Blake Street
  • Johnson Street – Steel Street – Penetanguishene Road – Crestwood Drive – Johnson Street

About the Project

The City compared the cost of relining the watermain and replacing the watermain between Puget Street and Penetanguishene Road. After completing a cost analysis of both scenarios, it was determined the City would have better value replacing, as opposed to relining the watermain. Another factor that influenced the decision was the future need for a larger diameter watermain. 

The work includes replacement of approximately 970 m of watermain as well as the replacement of existing water services, watermain line valves and fire hydrants.


Estimated Start:May 2021
Estimated Completion:December 2021

Affected Services

Hydro, Telephone, Cable TV, and Gas services should not be affected by the construction, barring any unforeseen circumstances.

Water Services

Some temporary interruptions in the water service will occur when the temporary water system is installed.  You will receive notices of the interruptions at least a day before they are scheduled to occur.

Curbside Collection

On the normal curbside collection day, place all garbage, organics, recyclables and yard waste materials at the front of your property as usual.  The City’s waste pickup contractor is anticipated to have limited access through the construction site.  If the City’s waste pickup contractor does not have access, the construction contractor will remove these items and take them to outside of the construction zone, for pickup by the City’s waste pickup contractor.

Your garbage cans, organics bin and recycling boxes will be returned to your property later that day.  Please mark your address on all of your containers.

It is very important that you take your refuse and recyclable items to the front of your property by 7:00 a.m., otherwise these items might not be picked up.


The contractor is required to conduct his work in a safe manner, including working in the middle of the roadway with through traffic.  We ask that you take extra caution during the construction period to ensure everyone’s safety.

Emergency Services

Access for emergency vehicles will be maintained at all times.

Access to Properties

All reasonable efforts will be made to maintain vehicle access to driveways.  However, there may be some temporary interruptions to access during construction while construction vehicles maneuver.  Access will be restored as quickly as possible.

The Contractor will provide prior notice of any imminent access restrictions to the businesses and residents.
Pedestrian access to all homes and businesses will be maintained during construction

Traffic Impacts

The contractor will use traffic control measures to permit through traffic through the construction site.  Typically this will include using traffic cones to steer drivers around the contractor’s vehicles, which will frequently be parked in the centre of the roadway where sanitary maintenance structures (manholes) are.  Occasionally, flag persons will be required to assist with traffic control.


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