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Waverley Underpass Detour Set to Open

September 18, 2017

As the seasons change, so does the construction phase on the Waverley Underpass project.

Much progress has been made on the necessary groundwork for this landmark project in our ward. One of the most tasks throughout the multi-year construction phase is to ensure that you, the people that live and work  in the area, are still able to get where you need to go – with minimal disruption.

To achieve this, work has been done to create an effective detour around the main construction area.

The initial work on the road and rail detour, intersection improvements and the reconstruction of Waverley Avenue between Taylor and Grant are nearly done. However, to complete the final work on the detour, there will be a temporary weekend closure of the project area, beginning on Friday, Sept. 29 and running until Monday, Oct. 2.

Starting at 5:30 p.m. on Friday to 6:00 a.m. on Monday, all roads, sidewalks and active transportation pathways will be closed within these boundaries:

  • Waverley Street between Wilkes Avenue/Hurst Way and Mathers Avenue
  • Taylor Avenue between Cambridge Street and east of the western Reh-Fit Centre parking lot access

Property owners will have access via alternative routes and access points.

Immediately following this weekend closure, traffic will begin operating on the new detour road. Cyclists and pedestrians will be able to access the new detour active transportation path.

As part of the new detour, some turning movements will be restricted for traffic including:

  • Eastbound Taylor at Waverley (detour) must turn right
  • Northbound Waverley (detour) at Taylor, no left turn
  • Southbound Waverley at Taylor, no left turn

While, at times, this may change your usual route, I have also heard from you that you are concerned about cut-through traffic on our residential streets. This detour is designed to direct general traffic to a specific route, decreasing the possibility of vehicles speeding past our houses and vulnerable community members, such as children and seniors.

Over the next year, this detour will allow for construction crews to work on the rail bridge, Wilkes/Waverley and Taylor/Waverley intersection improvements, the widening of Hurst Way and Taylor Avenue as well as the pump house.

My office and I will continue to monitor the project and work to lessen its impact on the community but please call us at 204-986-3256 if you encounter any problems.

I want to thank you for your commitment to the Waverley Underpass over the years and for your understanding through the coming months as we see more exciting progress made on this incredible infrastructure investment in our neighbourhood.