Joint Media Release: Diggin’ Downtown Enters Final Stage of Construction

Posted On Friday June 17, 2022

(Huntsville ON) The Town of Huntsville and District of Muskoka are pleased to announce Diggin’ Downtown road closures and detours will lift by end of day Friday, June 17, 2022 and Caroline Street will be reopened to two-way traffic, as construction enters the fifth and final stage of the project.

“We are pleased that all underground infrastructure has been installed and property owners in the downtown core are successfully operating on new connections,” says Mark Misko, Director of Engineering and Transportation for the District of Muskoka. “As we enter the final stage of construction, crews will be working to make finishing touches on above-ground work and completing the final lift of asphalt in the next few weeks.” 

While traffic resumes on Main Street from Lorne Street to the bridge, construction crews will be present in the downtown core over the next several weeks to complete Stage 5 requirements. Sidewalk and curb work, streetscaping elements and preparation for the final lift of asphalt will be achieved throughout June and July. Motorists are advised temporary lane closures may be in place from time to time as crews address this work, even after the asphalt is completed.  

What to expect in Stage Five of Construction:

  • Final streetscape elements installed
  • Sidewalks and curbs completed
  • Preparation for final asphalt
  • Overnight closure of Main Street from the bridge to Lorne Street for final lift of asphalt
  • Quality assurance review

Final Lift of Asphalt:

To complete the final lift of asphalt, a full road closure of Main Street from the bridge to Lorne Street is required to achieve a smooth driving surface downtown. To mitigate the disruption to traffic and impact on the downtown core, Huntsville Council approved exemptions to the noise bylaw so the work can be completed in the evening hours starting at 7:00pm and over-night until 7:00am. It is anticipated that crews will need 1 or 2 nights to complete paving activities. The exact schedule and dates for this closure will be communicated with advance notice, as construction crews plan for and work around weather forecasts. 

The Town of Huntsville and District of Muskoka would like to thank the community for their patience, understanding, and cooperation during this construction project.

For more information please visit huntsville.ca/diggindowntown

 

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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.

 

For More Information Contact:

 

GENERAL MEDIA INQUIRIES:

Denise Corry,

Chief Administrative Officer
(705) 789-1751 x2356

cao@huntsville.ca

 

CONSTRUCTION TECHNICAL:

Tarmo Uukkivi

Director of Operations and Protective Services

Town of Huntsville

(705) 789-1751 ext 3823

tarmo.Uukkivi@huntsville.ca

 

Mark Misko

Director, Engineering & Transportation

District of Muskoka

(705) 645-6764 x 4225

mark.misko@muskoka.on.ca