Roads and Sidewalks

Suburbs

Whether we realize or not, local roads and sidewalks play a key role in our daily lives. From ensuring a smooth drive, ride or walk to and from either work or school, to providing safe, clearly defined paths for drivers, cyclists and pedestrians - our roads and sidewalks keep us moving the right way.

Stay up to date on the latest plans for our roads and sidewalks, and learn how you can help us keep them in good shape, with the following information:

Roads

Maintaining and upgrading Kitchener's roads is essential to sustaining our transportation system. While some roads in the city are maintained by the Region of Waterloo, Kitchener is responsible for maintaining 980 "two-lane" kilometres of roads throughout the city. Every year, we upgrade our roads network, work that usually takes place in the spring and summer months. Road work and maintenance may require closures and detours, which will be clearly defined for drivers.

School-zone speed limits
The City of Kitchener has a 40-km speed limit, 24 hours a day, in front of all elementary schools. This speed limit is enforced by Waterloo Region Police Services in school areas.
Sidewalks
 
Sidewalk repair program
The City of Kitchener's annual sidewalk program inspects about 1,100 kilometres of city sidewalks for trip hazards so all of our residents can enjoy a pedestrian-friendly environment. Each year, more than 2,800 new sidewalk defects are identified - usually due to frost heave or tree root growth. Trip hazards are marked with orange paint, and are recorded in a database for repair.
Winter maintenance for sidewalks
In Kitchener, property owners are responsible for removing snow and ice from the sidewalks along their property. The city maintains about 200 kilometres of sidewalks across the city. In 2015, council directed staff to explore other winter sidewalk maintenance models - the final report of the review conducted in 2016.

The city is currently conducting a pilot on maintaining trails year-round; service levels for trail winter maintenance may change as a result. A report on this review is expected in 2018.

Sidewalk infill
The city's pedestrian charter supports a city that encourages walking. Our definition of pedestrian includes those who use mobility devices. To confirm this commitment to pedestrian-friendly public space, the city implemented a sidewalk policy to ensure sidewalks are installed as part of road reconstruction projects. 
 Noise Exemptions
 
 Current Noise Exemptions in Effect

 

 Overnight Works on Hwy. 85 from Rail Corridor north of Victoria Street to near Frederick Street

Thurber Engineering Ltd. has been retained on behalf of the Ontario Ministry of Transportation to undertake a geotechnical investigation as part of the design process for the New Highway 7 at Highway 85 in Kitchener. 

In an attempt to minimize dayime traffic disruptions in the area, the drilling required will take place overnight between the hours of 9PM to 7AM and will occur based on the schedule below. To assist with communication to residents regarding the schedule, any updates to letter dated January 7, 2019 distributed to affected residents will be posted here.

  • Section 1 (Highway 85 at Wellington Street) - Expected January 31, 2019 to February 5, 2019
  • Section 2 (Highway 7/85 at Frederick Street) - Expected February 6, 2019 to February 17, 2019
  • Section 3 (Highway 7/85 south of Frederick Street) - Expected February 18, 2019 to February 22, 2019
  • Section 4 (Highway 85 at Rail Corridor north of Victoria St) - Expected February 25, 2019 to April 5, 2019

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the overnight work associated with the geotechnical investigation, please contact Nancy Berg at (905) 829 8666 extension 246.

MTO Highway 85 Noise Exemption Schedule Map

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