Diggin' Downtown - Construction Updates

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We're diggin' the Main Street of Huntsville in 2021 to address aging underground water and sewage infrastructure.

Road closures, detour routes and traffic congestion will have an impact on day-to-day routine and business operations. We're committed to reducing impacts and keeping you updated.

We hosted a Community Information Session via zoom on February 18, 2021 at 6pm. View a recording of our Session:

Link to recording:https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/jPw2JWaFs6K1tkbqrzs-r-shPillqOMZhChF4JMBdYIKszlE5_qzVt8qTEIf_xEZ.FYyhIZhsaXTq4hYJ
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The District of Muskoka and Town of Huntsville have been planning and consulting on the downtown revitalization of Main Street from Lorne Street to the Swing Bridge for several years. Working alongside the District and Town, the Huntsville BIA is a critical extension of the project team. Together as partners, we’re committed to supporting impacted businesses by providing information updates, tools and resources, notices and consultation opportunities throughout the project.




Construction Update










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

Follow this project (at the top right of this page) to stay updated on construction updates and Stage progress.

We're diggin' the Main Street of Huntsville in 2021 to address aging underground water and sewage infrastructure.

Road closures, detour routes and traffic congestion will have an impact on day-to-day routine and business operations. We're committed to reducing impacts and keeping you updated.

We hosted a Community Information Session via zoom on February 18, 2021 at 6pm. View a recording of our Session:

Link to recording:https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/jPw2JWaFs6K1tkbqrzs-r-shPillqOMZhChF4JMBdYIKszlE5_qzVt8qTEIf_xEZ.FYyhIZhsaXTq4hYJ
Password+T#eQ3&6


The District of Muskoka and Town of Huntsville have been planning and consulting on the downtown revitalization of Main Street from Lorne Street to the Swing Bridge for several years. Working alongside the District and Town, the Huntsville BIA is a critical extension of the project team. Together as partners, we’re committed to supporting impacted businesses by providing information updates, tools and resources, notices and consultation opportunities throughout the project.




Construction Update










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

Follow this project (at the top right of this page) to stay updated on construction updates and Stage progress.

Do you have questions about our Diggin' Downtown construction project in Huntsville? 

We have a project team here to support you. Please submit your question and we'll have someone get in touch with you.

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