Iron Horse Trail’s Central Area to be upgraded beginning Spring 2018

Upgrades to the central portion of the Iron Horse Trail will begin this spring, improving safety and making it easier for more people to take advantage of this vital transit corridor.

Kitchener council approved $1.7 million in upgrades for 2.1 kilometres of the trail from Glasgow Street to Queen Street, including:

  • wider, repaved surfaces;
  • safer roadway crossings;
  • way-finding and identification signage;
  • a new parkette near the Henry Sturm Greenway;
  • upgrades to the Victoria Park parking lot and entrance;
  • new lighting.

Not included in the project at this time is the replacement of the wood trestle bridge in this stretch of the trail, which continues to be in good condition and will continue to be evaluated as part of an overall bridge condition assessment program.

The Region of Waterloo is providing $600,000 in public transit infrastructure funding to support the installation of lighting on the trail. The central section of the Iron Horse Trail will be fully completed in 2019.  

Compass Kitchener gives City strong marks for achieving commitments in its strategic plan

Compass Kitchener delivered the city’s annual report card tonight, giving strong marks for the achieving commitments in areas of priority identified by the community. Compass Kitchener is a 12-member committee of volunteers who advise council as members of the community. The areas evaluated in the Citizen Report Card include: open government, strong and resilient economy, safe and thriving neighbourhoods, sustainable environment and infrastructure and effective and efficient city services.

For more information on the 2018 Citizens’ Report Card, read the full media release here, or visit the Citizen Report Card page on the city’s website here.