Diggin' Downtown Huntsville

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We're Diggin' Downtown Huntsville!

Diggin’ Downtown construction began in March 2021 to address underground water and sewage pipes. Replacing the infrastructure also created an opportunity to improve the pedestrian experience with new sidewalks and streetscape elements to provide a more attractive and accessible downtown, including a smooth new driving surface.

  • Diggin' Downtown project is made up of 5 construction stages.
  • We are entering Stage 2 on Wednesday, June 16, 2021.
  • We remain in Stage 2 until further notice.

  • Questions about our Diggin' Downtown project? Ask us a question here.


Visit huntsville.ca/diggindowntown to stay informed with Main Street construction details and detours, parking and access, and more.


Latest News

July 26, 2021
The Town of Huntsville and District of Muskoka would like to advise the community the Diggin’ Downtown construction project will remain in Stage 2 construction until further notice. Read our latest Joint Media Release here.

July 15, 2021
Over the past few weeks, Huntsville has received over two months’ worth of rain, putting our Town's storm sewers to work. This increased rainfall has impacted the Diggin’ Downtown construction project progress. Read our latest Joint Media Release here.

June 11, 2021
Construction for Diggin' Downtown Huntsville will enter Stage 2 on Wednesday, June 16, 2021.
Read our latest Joint Media Release here.

June 7, 2021
Thank you for tuning into our Community Information Session at 6 pm on June 2, 2021.
If you missed it, download a copy of our presentation or watch our recording.

May 25, 2021
Joint News Release:
Huntsville’s Diggin’ Downtown Stage 2 Road Closures Start Early June





Stage 2 (Two)

Pedestrian Access Open Downtown

Stage 2 (Two) - June 16, 2021 - TBD
What's being done?
Work continues under the bridge and crews remain working in the Stage 1 area.
Town hall rampKing Street streetscapingWater & sewer replacement
New sidewalksNew boulevardsStreetscape elements


Stage 2 (Two) - June 16, 2021 - TBD
Pedestrian and Boat Access
Walking access to the downtown core is open - visit our downtown businesses!
Pedestrian crossing is available at the Bridge
Boat traffic can continue to pass under the bridge (max. height restrictions in effect)


Stage 2 (Two) - June 16, 2021 - TBD
Road Closures
Main Street closed from Brunel Road to Centre Street
Active construction zone from Brunel Road to West Street
West Street to Centre Street closed for material storage
King Street closed


Stage 2 (Two) - June 16, 2021 - TBD
Detour
Westbound and Eastbound traffic will detour south to Brunel Rd, Veterans Wy & Centre St
Traffic travelling North or South will be directed between Brunel Rd, Centre St along Veterans Wy
River Street fully closed to vehicular traffic



This project includes:

  • Swing Bridge repairs and rehabilitation
  • New swing bridge driving surface
  • New sanitary system
  • New storm system
  • New and upgraded watermains
  • New traffic signals
  • New traffic lights
  • New pedestrian crossings
  • New sidewalks
  • New landscape features
  • New road alignment and parking configurations
  • New road surface
  • New Town Hall ramp









We're Diggin' Downtown Huntsville!

Diggin’ Downtown construction began in March 2021 to address underground water and sewage pipes. Replacing the infrastructure also created an opportunity to improve the pedestrian experience with new sidewalks and streetscape elements to provide a more attractive and accessible downtown, including a smooth new driving surface.

  • Diggin' Downtown project is made up of 5 construction stages.
  • We are entering Stage 2 on Wednesday, June 16, 2021.
  • We remain in Stage 2 until further notice.

  • Questions about our Diggin' Downtown project? Ask us a question here.


Visit huntsville.ca/diggindowntown to stay informed with Main Street construction details and detours, parking and access, and more.


Latest News

July 26, 2021
The Town of Huntsville and District of Muskoka would like to advise the community the Diggin’ Downtown construction project will remain in Stage 2 construction until further notice. Read our latest Joint Media Release here.

July 15, 2021
Over the past few weeks, Huntsville has received over two months’ worth of rain, putting our Town's storm sewers to work. This increased rainfall has impacted the Diggin’ Downtown construction project progress. Read our latest Joint Media Release here.

June 11, 2021
Construction for Diggin' Downtown Huntsville will enter Stage 2 on Wednesday, June 16, 2021.
Read our latest Joint Media Release here.

June 7, 2021
Thank you for tuning into our Community Information Session at 6 pm on June 2, 2021.
If you missed it, download a copy of our presentation or watch our recording.

May 25, 2021
Joint News Release:
Huntsville’s Diggin’ Downtown Stage 2 Road Closures Start Early June





Stage 2 (Two)

Pedestrian Access Open Downtown

Stage 2 (Two) - June 16, 2021 - TBD
What's being done?
Work continues under the bridge and crews remain working in the Stage 1 area.
Town hall rampKing Street streetscapingWater & sewer replacement
New sidewalksNew boulevardsStreetscape elements


Stage 2 (Two) - June 16, 2021 - TBD
Pedestrian and Boat Access
Walking access to the downtown core is open - visit our downtown businesses!
Pedestrian crossing is available at the Bridge
Boat traffic can continue to pass under the bridge (max. height restrictions in effect)


Stage 2 (Two) - June 16, 2021 - TBD
Road Closures
Main Street closed from Brunel Road to Centre Street
Active construction zone from Brunel Road to West Street
West Street to Centre Street closed for material storage
King Street closed


Stage 2 (Two) - June 16, 2021 - TBD
Detour
Westbound and Eastbound traffic will detour south to Brunel Rd, Veterans Wy & Centre St
Traffic travelling North or South will be directed between Brunel Rd, Centre St along Veterans Wy
River Street fully closed to vehicular traffic



This project includes:

  • Swing Bridge repairs and rehabilitation
  • New swing bridge driving surface
  • New sanitary system
  • New storm system
  • New and upgraded watermains
  • New traffic signals
  • New traffic lights
  • New pedestrian crossings
  • New sidewalks
  • New landscape features
  • New road alignment and parking configurations
  • New road surface
  • New Town Hall ramp
  • Huntsville’s Diggin’ Downtown Stage 2 Road Closures Start Early June

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    JOINT MEDIA RELEASE - May 25, 2021

    Huntsville’s Diggin’ Downtown Stage 2 Road Closures Start Early June

    The Diggin’ Downtown Huntsville project is getting ready to enter Stage 2 of construction in the upcoming weeks. Main Street will be closed to traffic from Brunel Road to Centre Street including King Street, for Stage 2 work.

    Upgrades and repairs to the driving surface on the swing bridge are almost done. In early June, the bridge will be open to traffic and pedestrian access will remain open at all times. Repair work will continue on the underside of the swing bridge and sidewalk railings, but will not impact vehicular traffic over the bridge. Access to River Street will be closed until the bridge work is completed as this road surface will be used as a storage area for bridge equipment.

    Some Stage 1 restoration work may continue during this time to allow crews to finalize sidewalk work including tree planting, installing the Brunel traffic signals and lamp posts. Staff are working with partners and vendors who continue to experience material and supply chain delays due to the pandemic – however they are optimistic this will not impact the schedule for opening the roadway to vehicular traffic.

    Community Information Session
    The Town of Huntsville and District of Muskoka will be hosting a Community Information Session via Zoom on Wednesday, June 2 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. to provide the community with updates on the project. Those interested in attending the session or submitting questions in advance, are encouraged to visit Huntsville.ca to register. Zoom meeting invitation details will be sent to registrants prior to the session. The session will be recorded and available on online for viewing at any time.

    Stage 2 - What’s Happening
    Starting early June:

    • Underground water and sewer infrastructure replacement on Main Street in the area from Brunel to West Street
    • New sidewalks, boulevards and parking spaces with streetscaping elements
    • King Street streetscaping
    • Town Hall ramp

    Stage 2 - Road Closures and Detour Routes
    Starting early June:

    • Main Street closed from Brunel to Centre Street.
    • Active construction zone from Brunel to West Street
    • Passive construction zone from West to Centre Street (Section closed for material storage)
    • King Street closed
    • Westbound and eastbound traffic will be directed south of the construction area onto Brunel Road, Veterans Way and Centre Street
    • Traffic travelling north or south will be directed between Brunel Road and Centre Street, along Veterans Way
    • River Street will remain closed to vehicular traffic with pedestrian access available to the sidewalks
    • Pedestrian crossing will be available at the bridge

    Diggin' Downtown construction began in March 2021 to address aging underground water and sewage infrastructure. Replacing the infrastructure also created an opportunity to improve the pedestrian experience with new sidewalks and streetscape elements to provide a more attractive and accessible downtown, including a smooth new driving surface.

    The project consists of five stages in total. Stages 1 to 4 are planned in 2021, with Stage 5 wrapping up all construction activities in the spring of 2022. Accessibility will be maintained downtown Huntsville during construction. All businesses will remain open following COVID-19 protocols.

    To stay in the know regarding construction news, timelines, detour information, maps and resources for the duration of the project visit Huntsville.ca/diggindowntown. Residents, businesses and visitors are encouraged to ask questions on EngageMuskoka.ca.

    Diggin’ Downtown, Huntsville’s Streetscape project is funded in part by the Federal Gas Tax Fund. The Town of Huntsville is using $606,952 of Federal Gas Tax Funds for the Main Street Project.

  • Water Outage Notice

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    Water Outage Notice – Planned Water Interruption for Stage 1 Properties

    Issued April 20, 2021: There is a planned temporary shut down of water service to the properties in the Stage 1 construction zone during the week of April 26, 2021, so that upgrades to the service connections can be made.

    Crews will be in contact with property owners directly and will give 48 hours notice before the water is turned off. Thank you for your cooperation and patience. Please connect with John Miller at John.Miller@ca.crh.com if you have concerns or questions. A copy of the notice can be found
    here.

  • Construction Update: April 7, 2021

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    Joint Media Release Date: April 7, 2021

    (HUNTSVILLE, ON) Huntsville’s Diggin’ Downtown is underway and crews have been busy working on Stage 1 of the Main Street construction from the swing bridge to West Street over the past month. Together, the Town of Huntsville, District of Muskoka and Huntsville BIA are continually working to ensure open communication with residents and businesses during construction.

    Tell Us How We’re Doing – Surveys Open until April 16, 2021

    We want to know how we’re doing with communication overall and signage on the detour routes so far. Our community is encouraged to share their thoughts and feedback on what is working well and what could use improvement as Stage 1 construction continues. Please visit engagemuskoka.ca and complete our Community Survey or Business Survey and tell us how we’re doing so far.

    What’s Happening
    Last week, we removed concrete, replaced bridge expansion joints and placed scaffolding in preparation for painting the swing bridge, installed catch basins and started the removal and replacement of sanitary sewers on River Street. This week and next, we’re concentrating on continuing the sanitary sewer installation on River Street and preparing the south side of the swing bridge for painting.

    Intersection Timing Update
    Work to improve the traffic signals and advance turning movements at the intersection of West Rd. and Centre St. has started this week and is expected to be completed by the end of next week. OPP will be at the intersection on April 8 at 9 a.m. to direct traffic while the traffic lights are upgraded and the signal replacement is completed. There will be increased delays in the area. We ask residents to be patient as we work to get this new hardware installed and operating correctly.

    Parking / Business and Pedestrian Access Open
    Parking remains available at the River Mill and High Street public parking lots as well as at the RBC parking lot and throughout side streets in downtown Huntsville. Residents are encouraged to plan their downtown trip in advance and discover parking available closest to their favourite shop, service or restaurant by using the interactive parking map on Huntsville.ca. Pedestrian access remains open across the bridge and throughout downtown. Businesses remain open and access will remain available throughout all construction stages.

    For more information please visit Huntsville.ca/diggindowntown

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  • Construction Update: March 9, 2021

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    JOINT RELEASE - Read the update on our website.

    (Huntsville, ON) We’re getting ready to start Diggin’ Downtown Huntsville with road closures for construction starting this week.

    River Street will be fully closed starting Wednesday, March 10 to allow crews to move machinery into the construction zone. Full Stage 1 road closures and detours start the morning of Friday, March 12, 2021 and will continue until the end of May 2021. Dufferin Construction crews will begin to install fencing along the Main Street to secure the Stage 1 construction zone, impacting some parking spaces.

    The Diggin’ Downtown project is made up of 5 construction stages. Stages 1-4 will span an estimated 8 months this year, with the fifth and final stage in the spring of 2022 to wrap up all construction activities. All downtown businesses will remain open during construction, and pedestrian and business access will be maintained throughout all project stages.

    Stage 1 restrictions will be in place until the end of May and will concentrate on work to the Muskoka River Swing Bridge, and underground water and sewer replacement along Main Street to Brunel and River Street.

    Stage 1 – Road Closures – Friday, March 12, 2021 to End of May, 2021

    • Active construction will take place on Main Street from the Muskoka River Swing Bridge to Brunel Road
    • Active construction will take place on the Muskoka River Swing Bridge
    • Active construction will take place on River Street from High Street to Main Street
    • Main Street from Brunel Road to West Street will be used for the storage of construction material purposes only, and will be closed to traffic

    Stage 1 - Detour Routes

    • Westbound and eastbound traffic will detour north of the construction area – Chaffey Street and West Road and Centre Street
    • Traffic travelling north or south will be directed between Brunel Road and Centre Street, along Veterans Way

    The Town of Huntsville in coordination with partners have created the website page Huntsville.ca/diggindowntown to be the community’s source for construction news, timelines, detour information, maps and resources to assist residents, businesses and organizations for the duration of the project.

    The Town of Huntsville and the District of Muskoka will continue to keep the community informed regarding the construction project at Huntsville.ca/diggindowntown and EngageMuskoka.ca and through all project partner social media accounts.

    Diggin’ Downtown, Huntsville’s Streetscape project is funded in part by the Federal Gas Tax Fund. The Town of Huntsville is using $606,952 of Federal Gas Tax Funds for the Main Street Project.

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  • Construction Update: February 9, 2021

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    February 9, 2021: Diggin' Downtown - Construction Update

    The “Diggin’ Downtown” project will commence March 1, 2021, to address aging underground water and sewage infrastructure. Directional signage and equipment will be moved onsite with the anticipated road closure on Main Street from the Muskoka River Swing Bridge to West Street. The Diggin’ Downtown project will consist of a total of 5 Stages with the first 4 Stages of construction spanning an estimated 8 months this year and a final Stage to wrap up all construction activities in the spring of 2022.

    Stage 1 restrictions will be in place from March until the end of May and will concentrate on work to the Muskoka River Swing Bridge, and underground water and sewer replacement along Main Street and River Street.

    Stage 1 – Road Closures - Map

    • Active construction will take place on Main Street from the Muskoka River Swing Bridge to Brunel Road
    • Active construction will take place on the Muskoka River Swing Bridge
    • Active construction will take place on River Street from High Street to Main Street
    • Main Street from Brunel Road to West Street will be used for the storage of construction material purposes only, and will be closed to traffic

    Stage 1 - Detour Routes - Map

    • Westbound and eastbound traffic will detour north of the construction area – Chaffey Street and West Road and Centre Street
    • Traffic travelling north or south will be directed between Brunel Road and Centre Street, along Veterans Way

    What's Being Done in Stage 1

    • Muskoka River Swing Bridge upgrades, bridge rehabilitation and repairs, new bridge driving surface
    • Underground water and sewer infrastructure replacement on Main Street from the Muskoka River Swing Bridge to Brunel
    • Underground water and sewer infrastructure replacement on River Street from High Street to Main Street
    • New sidewalks, boulevards and parking spaces with streetscaping elements

    During construction downtown, all businesses will remain open. Pedestrian and business access will be maintained throughout all project stages.

    The project includes, but isn’t limited to:

    • Swing Bridge repairs and rehabilitation
    • New swing bridge driving surface
    • New sanitary system
    • New storm system
    • New and upgraded watermains
    • New traffic signals
    • New traffic lights
    • New pedestrian crossings
    • New sidewalks
    • New landscape features
    • New road alignment and parking configurations
    • New road surface
    • New Town Hall ramp