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

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    On your two electronic signs -one at west rd & center and the other on Main St in the west end of town,you are saying "Bridge Closed" Which bridge are you referring to...the one on center st or the one on main st. ???? I would suggest that you name the Bridge so that any visitor can determine well in advance what path they need to take to get to their designation. Thanks

    Redwood asked 4 months ago

    Thank you for your feedback. We are looking into this.

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    Where can one view the final design plan; namely, the landscape/streetscape drawings and associated notes?

    Steven asked 5 months ago

    Final technical drawings can be accessed at this link: https://www.engagemuskoka.ca/8026/widgets/51002/documents/51384

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    Will there be a noticeable Police presence along the designated detour route? Traffic in this area is hazardous as it is.

    Res 1 asked 5 months ago

    The District has many partners involved to ensure both the construction zone and detour route remain safe. Speed limits and road safety laws will be enforced by the OPP. We will continue to monitor and modify traffic timings to accommodate busier times of the day, to reduce disruption as much as possible. It’s expected traffic volumes in the affected area will be considerably busier especially during morning and after school pick-up times, however, safety remains our top priority and we encourage our community to contact us immediately if there are specific concerns we can address.

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    I see listed in improvements new Sanitary system as well as new storm system. It is my understanding that your new planning director subscribes to storm water and sanitary systems being combined if anyone is doing new construction. Does this mean that these two systems will be combined on Main Street thus eliminating storm water mitigation from getting into the Muskoka River

    John K. Davis asked 5 months ago

    Separate sanitary and storm sewerage lines will be installed. Combined sewers can cause serious water pollution problems during combined sewer overflow events when combined sewage and surface runoff flows exceed the capacity of receiving sewage pump stations and/or the sewage treatment plant.
    Currently, separate sanitary and storm sewers exist. In the case of the Main Street project, these separate sewer systems will each be independently replaced and will remain separate. Roof leaders, foundation drains etc. found connected to the sanitary sewer will be connected to the storm sewer to reduce loading on the sewage pump stations and sewage treatment plant.