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Businesses in Uptown Waterloo want brakes put on road work

Last Updated Sep 12, 2017 at 6:24 am EDT

Uptown Councillor Melissa Durrell addresses local business owners at a news conference on Monday, September 11, 2017. They want a construction project put on hold for at least a year. Photo: Kayla Kreutzberg - 570 NEWS.

Some businesses in Uptown Waterloo are upset about another major construction project.

Work on the Uptown Streetscape Improvement project started in April. It includes the replacement of sewers, watermains, new sidewalks and segregated bike lanes on King Street.

Crews are currently set up between Erb and Bridgeport, but the project will also include construction, north of Bridgeport as well.

It’s expected to wrap up by November, with a second phase of the project scheduled for 2019.

A number of businesses spoke out at a news conference on Monday afternoon.

“I just don’t understand how we’ve gone 175 per cent over the original deadline. Who approved that? Who made the executive decision, to say that was okay?” said Jennifer Freitas, president of Truth Beauty.

“It has been an absolute nightmare since it started.” added another business owner.

They want the Uptown project to be put on hold for one year.

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This project was supposed to be done in more than two stages and they threw that plan out the window on day 2. Portions of King which were originally supposed to be finished by July are still obviously months away from completion.

As a resident of Regina st, the detour traffic is unbearable. I often have to wait for a bus to stop and create a break in traffic or depend on the kindness of strangers so that I can exit my driveway.

The workers have a habit of starting well in advance of when the city’s by-laws say they should, so I haven’t been able to have a window open overnight all summer. The construction site beside my house is less noisy!

September 11, 2017 at 1:22 pm

Just stop already! KW has construction exhaustion.
All non mandatory construction should cease until at least the Spring.

To a point, the downtown shops should suck it up, like everyone/everywhere else. However, we have gone way past that point. Way past!

I question, more and more, the “wisdom” of our city/regional planners. Is there no common sense?

September 12, 2017 at 8:27 am