Duckworth Street Improvements & Grove Street East Watermain

Project Type
Road Construction
In Progress
Estimated Completion
Spring 2025

This three-phase project reconstructs Duckworth Street from Bell Farm Road to St. Vincent Street and also includes a new watermain on Grove Street from Duckworth Street to Nelson Street.

The Duckworth Street work includes new watermain, sewer replacements, and right-of-way improvements including, new sidewalks, new pavement, intersection upgrades, and road widening for bicycle lanes. The Grove Street work includes new watermain, pavement and bicycle lanes.

This project was initiated in 2014 as a Class environmental assessment study to evaluate alternatives for implementing bike lanes and improved active transportation on Duckworth Street. The results of the EA were carried through into detailed design, which also included replacement of aging underground infrastructure and other infrastructure improvements.

Project Updates

May 21, 2024

Bernick Drive at the Duckworth Street intersection will be closed starting Thursday, May 23 for approximately four weeks. The closure is of the east half of the intersection only; the west side (i.e. Rose Street) will be open. Traffic will not be able to travel east/west through the intersection. 

A detour will be in place, which generally includes Sylvia, Grove, Duckworth, and Rose. Transit impacts will be posted at

View Road Closure Map

Project Features

Due to the poor condition of Duckworth Street pavement, construction was split into three phases.


Construction for phase 2 (Duckworth Street, Bell Farm Road to St. Vincent Street) commenced together with phase 3 (Grove Street East watermain). The majority of the work for phases 2 and 3 will be under construction in 2023 and 2024. The project is on track to be substantially complete by the end of 2024. The final paving of top lift asphalt will be completed in Spring 2025. 

Construction for phase 1 (Duckworth Street, Melrose Avenue to St. Vincent Street) was completed in 2019. The above schedule applies to phases 2 and 3.
Detail Design Complete:Fall 2021
Property Acquisition:2021–2022
Utility Relocations:2021–2022
Anticipated Construction:2023–2025

Impacted Services

Vehicle entry to properties within the construction limits will be available. At times, direct access to driveways will be interrupted for watermain/sewer work, sidewalk/curb replacements, and driveway repairs.

Water and wastewater services will be interrupted for short periods of time while connecting to the new mains. Notice of the service interruptions will be provided in advance.

Hydro, telephone, cable TV, and gas services should not be affected by the construction, barring any unforeseen circumstances.  

Traffic Impacts

The contractor will use traffic control measures to partially and fully close Duckworth Street and Grove Street at various locations, as construction progresses. Further notice will be provided surrounding closure dates. Resident, business and emergency access will be maintained throughout construction. Signed detour routes will be in place to direct motorists around the closure. Transit impacts and bus detours will be posted at