Diggin' Downtown Huntsville

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We're diggin' the Main Street of Huntsville! We are in Stage 1 and Stage 2 areas of construction.

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This project is now underway to replace water and sewer infrastructure in Huntsville’s downtown.
At the same time, we have the opportunity to make the pedestrian experience much better - a new driving surface, sidewalks and streetscape elements will provide our businesses with a more attractive and accessible downtown.

  • Diggin' Downtown project is made up of 5 construction stages.
  • Stages 1 to 4 will span an estimated 8 months this year.
  • Stage 5 (final stage) planned for spring, 2022.

Planned water outage - the week of April 26, 2021, for Stage 1 properties. Read the Notice here.

  • Read our latest media release and construction update - April 14, 2021
  • Watch the Huntsville BIA's latest construction update - April 19, 2021


Current Road Closures - Map

  • Active construction on Main Street from the Muskoka River Bridge to Brunel Rd
  • Active construction on the Muskoka River Swing Bridge
  • Active construction on River Street from High Street to Main Street
  • Main Street from Brunel Road to West Street closed to store material
  • Pedestrian access over the bridge and throughout downtown OPEN in all Stages





Current 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




Diggin' Downtown Huntsville - Downloads

Streetscape 2019 Design Brief

Contract Engineering DrawingsStage 1 MapStage 1 - 5 Maps


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








We're diggin' the Main Street of Huntsville! We are in Stage 1 and Stage 2 areas of construction.

Follow this project at the top right of this page and get important construction updates to your email.

This project is now underway to replace water and sewer infrastructure in Huntsville’s downtown.
At the same time, we have the opportunity to make the pedestrian experience much better - a new driving surface, sidewalks and streetscape elements will provide our businesses with a more attractive and accessible downtown.

  • Diggin' Downtown project is made up of 5 construction stages.
  • Stages 1 to 4 will span an estimated 8 months this year.
  • Stage 5 (final stage) planned for spring, 2022.

Planned water outage - the week of April 26, 2021, for Stage 1 properties. Read the Notice here.

  • Read our latest media release and construction update - April 14, 2021
  • Watch the Huntsville BIA's latest construction update - April 19, 2021


Current Road Closures - Map

  • Active construction on Main Street from the Muskoka River Bridge to Brunel Rd
  • Active construction on the Muskoka River Swing Bridge
  • Active construction on River Street from High Street to Main Street
  • Main Street from Brunel Road to West Street closed to store material
  • Pedestrian access over the bridge and throughout downtown OPEN in all Stages





Current 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




Diggin' Downtown Huntsville - Downloads

Streetscape 2019 Design Brief

Contract Engineering DrawingsStage 1 MapStage 1 - 5 Maps


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

Diggin' Downtown - Construction Questions

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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 about 2 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 2 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 3 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 3 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.