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.

To stay in the know regarding construction news, timelines, detour information, maps and resources for the duration of the project visit Huntsville.ca/diggindowntown


Diggin' Downtown - Latest News

April 27, 2022 Update:

(Huntsville ON) Diggin’ Downtown construction is on track to be completed this summer. Starting Friday, April 29, 2022, the Main and Centre Street intersection will be open to 3-way traffic by the end of the day. Curbs, sidewalks and a smooth driving surface are nearing completion in this area, and we’re pleased that this intersection can re-open to ease traffic delays. Construction activities will continue on Main Street from Centre Street to Lorne Street and the road will remain closed for the final stage of infrastructure replacement.

The District and Town of Huntsville are continuously monitoring traffic patterns and adjusting timing at signalized intersections – re-opening the Centre Street intersection to 3-way traffic will keep traffic moving while final work is completed. Please continue to follow posted detours and road markings as construction activities continue around the downtown core.

Effective Friday, April 29, 2022 the following changes will be in effect:

  • The Main Street and Centre Street intersection will be open to 3-way traffic and controlled by stop signs and traffic signals in a red flash
  • Main Street will continue to be closed from Centre Street to Lorne Street
  • One-way traffic continues on Caroline Street and Lorne Street North
  • View the Detour Map at Huntsville.ca/diggindowntown

What’s next?

In the coming weeks, there will be restrictions in the Lorne Street area and traffic delays can be expected while crews continue the replacement of underground water, sewer and storm infrastructure. Stay updated by visiting Huntsville.ca/diggindowntown and following @TownHuntsville on Facebook and Twitter.

About Diggin’ Downtown

Diggin’ Downtown construction started in March 2021 to replace underground water and sewer pipes that deliver critical services to our community - these services are old, and require upgrades before emergencies, and unplanned outages happen.

At the same time, the Town is taking the opportunity to address the sidewalk, landscaping and accessibility features of the area with a Muskoka-inspired streetscape design. The Diggin’ Downtown project is on track to be completed this summer. For project updates and to stay in the know, please visit Huntsville.ca/diggindowntown.





Diggin' Downtown News

March, 2022 Update
Starting March 14, 2022, construction will happen at the Main Street and Centre Street intersection. Main Street from Lorne Street South to West Street will be fully closed to motorists.

November 23, 2021
The District of Muskoka and Town of Huntsville are working closely with the Downtown Huntsville BIA to ensure the success of the 1st Annual Muskoka Market, Huntsville Holiday Edition! Diggin’ Downtown crews will remain on site this week, working to secure downtown for winter and prepare for the BIA’s Annual Muskoka Market, with events and celebrations happening downtown throughout the weekend.

October 25, 2021
Diggin’ Downtown construction will continue through October, and early November. The District of Muskoka and Town of Huntsville are working closely with crews to re-open road access to the downtown core for the winter season. Read our Joint Media Release here.

October 4, 2021
Please be advised the swing bridge in downtown Huntsville will temporarily be reduced to a single lane of traffic on Tuesday, October 5 at 9:00am and will reopen at 3:00pm for work related to Diggin’ Downtown construction. Read our Joint Media Release here.

September 16, 2021
Diggin’ Downtown construction crews are progressing with work downtown and have been preparing the Stage 2 area for new curb and sidewalks this week, September 13 -17, 2021. Crews will be onsite and working in the Brunel Road and West Street area this Saturday, September 18, 2021, during the day for fine grading work within the roadway. Read our Joint Media Release here.

September 10, 2021
The Town of Huntsville and District of Muskoka would like to notify the community that a Diggin’ Downtown construction crew will be onsite on Saturday, September 11 to start preparations for the road and sidewalk base. Read our Joint Media Release here.

August 20, 2021
The underground and aboveground streetscape transformation continues in historic downtown Huntsville. While the Diggin’ Downtown project has experienced setbacks due to aging service connections and continuous heavy rainfall, project partners have established a new construction schedule and added an additional construction crew on-site to minimize delays. Read our Joint Media Release here.

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 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

Project Reminders

Downtown Huntsville remains open for business. Pedestrian access remains open and accessible - there’s plenty of parking and many exciting promotions happening downtown. To stay in the know regarding construction news, timelines, detour information, maps and resources for the duration of the project visit Huntsville.ca/diggindowntown.


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

Have a Diggin' Downtown project question? Ask us here.
Are you a downtown merchant who has questions about impacts? We encourage downtown establishments to reach out to John Miller with Dufferin Construction, who can be seen on site each day, during work activities. Send John an email. You can also send our Project Team an email.












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.

To stay in the know regarding construction news, timelines, detour information, maps and resources for the duration of the project visit Huntsville.ca/diggindowntown


Diggin' Downtown - Latest News

April 27, 2022 Update:

(Huntsville ON) Diggin’ Downtown construction is on track to be completed this summer. Starting Friday, April 29, 2022, the Main and Centre Street intersection will be open to 3-way traffic by the end of the day. Curbs, sidewalks and a smooth driving surface are nearing completion in this area, and we’re pleased that this intersection can re-open to ease traffic delays. Construction activities will continue on Main Street from Centre Street to Lorne Street and the road will remain closed for the final stage of infrastructure replacement.

The District and Town of Huntsville are continuously monitoring traffic patterns and adjusting timing at signalized intersections – re-opening the Centre Street intersection to 3-way traffic will keep traffic moving while final work is completed. Please continue to follow posted detours and road markings as construction activities continue around the downtown core.

Effective Friday, April 29, 2022 the following changes will be in effect:

  • The Main Street and Centre Street intersection will be open to 3-way traffic and controlled by stop signs and traffic signals in a red flash
  • Main Street will continue to be closed from Centre Street to Lorne Street
  • One-way traffic continues on Caroline Street and Lorne Street North
  • View the Detour Map at Huntsville.ca/diggindowntown

What’s next?

In the coming weeks, there will be restrictions in the Lorne Street area and traffic delays can be expected while crews continue the replacement of underground water, sewer and storm infrastructure. Stay updated by visiting Huntsville.ca/diggindowntown and following @TownHuntsville on Facebook and Twitter.

About Diggin’ Downtown

Diggin’ Downtown construction started in March 2021 to replace underground water and sewer pipes that deliver critical services to our community - these services are old, and require upgrades before emergencies, and unplanned outages happen.

At the same time, the Town is taking the opportunity to address the sidewalk, landscaping and accessibility features of the area with a Muskoka-inspired streetscape design. The Diggin’ Downtown project is on track to be completed this summer. For project updates and to stay in the know, please visit Huntsville.ca/diggindowntown.





Diggin' Downtown News

March, 2022 Update
Starting March 14, 2022, construction will happen at the Main Street and Centre Street intersection. Main Street from Lorne Street South to West Street will be fully closed to motorists.

November 23, 2021
The District of Muskoka and Town of Huntsville are working closely with the Downtown Huntsville BIA to ensure the success of the 1st Annual Muskoka Market, Huntsville Holiday Edition! Diggin’ Downtown crews will remain on site this week, working to secure downtown for winter and prepare for the BIA’s Annual Muskoka Market, with events and celebrations happening downtown throughout the weekend.

October 25, 2021
Diggin’ Downtown construction will continue through October, and early November. The District of Muskoka and Town of Huntsville are working closely with crews to re-open road access to the downtown core for the winter season. Read our Joint Media Release here.

October 4, 2021
Please be advised the swing bridge in downtown Huntsville will temporarily be reduced to a single lane of traffic on Tuesday, October 5 at 9:00am and will reopen at 3:00pm for work related to Diggin’ Downtown construction. Read our Joint Media Release here.

September 16, 2021
Diggin’ Downtown construction crews are progressing with work downtown and have been preparing the Stage 2 area for new curb and sidewalks this week, September 13 -17, 2021. Crews will be onsite and working in the Brunel Road and West Street area this Saturday, September 18, 2021, during the day for fine grading work within the roadway. Read our Joint Media Release here.

September 10, 2021
The Town of Huntsville and District of Muskoka would like to notify the community that a Diggin’ Downtown construction crew will be onsite on Saturday, September 11 to start preparations for the road and sidewalk base. Read our Joint Media Release here.

August 20, 2021
The underground and aboveground streetscape transformation continues in historic downtown Huntsville. While the Diggin’ Downtown project has experienced setbacks due to aging service connections and continuous heavy rainfall, project partners have established a new construction schedule and added an additional construction crew on-site to minimize delays. Read our Joint Media Release here.

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 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

Project Reminders

Downtown Huntsville remains open for business. Pedestrian access remains open and accessible - there’s plenty of parking and many exciting promotions happening downtown. To stay in the know regarding construction news, timelines, detour information, maps and resources for the duration of the project visit Huntsville.ca/diggindowntown.


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

Have a Diggin' Downtown project question? Ask us here.
Are you a downtown merchant who has questions about impacts? We encourage downtown establishments to reach out to John Miller with Dufferin Construction, who can be seen on site each day, during work activities. Send John an email. You can also send our Project Team an email.

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