May 18, 2022 media release update regarding detour changes and Lorne Street restrictions starting May 24 – May 30. Lorne Street will be closed from Minerva St West to Caroline Street West. Main Street West between Yonge Street and Lorne Street will be available to local traffic only. Flaggers will be onsite to minimize disruptions and keep traffic moving. Delays should be expected during peak times, especially before and after-school hours. Detours have been a normal part of navigating downtown Huntsville this spring and we appreciate the patience, understanding and support our community continues to provide downtown businesses and construction crews.

What you need to know

  • The Diggin’ Downtown project will consist of a total of 5 construction stages with the first 4 stages of construction
  • Construction began March 2021. See all construction stages, road closures and detours
  • The project team anticipates the Diggin’ Downtown project is approximately 4 to 6 weeks behind schedule. Understanding and recognizing the impacts that these delays bring, the Town of Huntsville and District of Muskoka are working closely with Dufferin Construction crews to expedite progress. 
  • During construction downtown, all businesses are open, following COVID-19 protocols
  • Sidewalks remain open and provide accessible entry to businesses downtown throughout the construction project
  • Read through questions and answers on the FAQ page

Waste collection in the construction zone

During construction all waste and recycling services will be maintained per your regular collection day schedule. Place your waste at your regular location before 7:00 am and crews will collect the material as normal. Please remember, garbage is collected bi-weekly, recycling is collected every week. For questions or concerns about waste management, please visit www.muskokarecycles.ca or email the District’s waste management team.

Try the District's new online collection calendar to search by your address to confirm your next collection day.

Deliveries in the construction zone

We will work closely with businesses in the construction area to ensure deliveries are accommodated.  

  • Deliveries will be coordinated between the contractor, the BIA and our downtown businesses. 
  • If you have questions or concerns about deliveries specific to your location, please contact John Miller, Dufferin Construction at john.miller@ca.crh.com or 705-795-2042. We’re here to help!
  • View the Alternate Truck Route map below:

alternate truck route map

Parking for employees

The Town of Huntsville and Downtown Huntsville BIA are encouraging all downtown employees to park on side streets and public lots outside of the downtown core. Parking will be at premium during construction and we all want to ensure that customers and visitors have access to parking spaces.

Parking lots have been secured to support staff parking and they are in the following locations:

  • Huntsville Curling Club
  • Huntsville Legion
  • Canada Summit Centre

The BIA will also be working on an Employee Incentive Program to encourage staff to park further from the Downtown Core. More information about this program will be updated in the coming weeks.

Diggin' Downtown marketing resources

Visit the diggin' downtown marketing resources page for print materials: logos and social media imagery, as well as business strategies and considerations.

Community Improvement Plan

Thinking of making building renovations or improvements during Construction? The Town of Huntsville has updated its Community Improvement Plan (CIP) that has program and funding opportunities available to those businesses to location building improvements and or enhancements. Information available on financial programs and incentives.

BIA

The Downtown Huntsville BIA will be running several joint business promotions and events during the construction period. Sign up for the BIA newsletter to get the latest promotions and event notices.

Get in touch with the Downtown Huntsville BIA by email huntsvillebia@bellnet.ca or by phone at 705-789-1400. 

Questions

If you have a question about this project, please continue to monitor:

Residents and businesses within the construction area can ask questions or share concerns:

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