Iron Horse Trail

Suburbs

Iron Horse Trail improvements are underway in select parts of the trail. These improvements are being made based on your feedback to improve the functionality for all travellers. Stay up to date on this project and upcoming detours by subscribing to this page.

Major updates to the trail include:

  • Wider, re-paved surfaces;
  • Larger roadway crossing;
  • Pedestrian lighting;
  • Line painting;
  • Trestle bridge replacement;
  • and site furnishings including seating and garbage.

Learn more about the Iron Horse Trail Improvement Strategy.

Read Kitchener’s Multi-use Pathways and Trails Master Plan.

Check out our video to see what's in store for the trail.


Current closures

The following sections of the Iron Horse Trail will be closed for improvements.

The Trestle Bridge near Victoria Park is closed for bridge replacement. Colder than expected temperatures in December led to a delay in completing the bridge. Concrete has been poured and is in the process of curing. In winter conditions, this step and subsequent work is expected to be complete in time for the bridge to open by the end of January.

Latest updates
 2019
Installation of Transit Hub Trail 
The Region of Waterloo will be constructing the Transit Hub Trail which connects directly into the Iron Horse Trail at Gage Avenue. The new trail will go through Raddatz Park and Cherry Park. Commuters using the Iron Horse Trail may experience temporary closures. Construction will begin in the fall of 2019 and detour signs will be posted. For more information, please contact the Region of Waterloo
Crossing improvements - Victoria Street and West Avenue 
New pedestrian refuge crossing islands are being installed on Victoria Street and West Avenue. Construction will begin in the spring of 2020. 
Lighting installation - Victoria Street to Glasgow Street
Lighting is being installed along the Iron Horse Trail between Victoria Street and Glasgow Street. 
Trestle bridge replacement
Replacement of the trestle bridge will begin in September 2019 with expected completion in November 2019. During construction the trail will be closed from West Avenue to the train tracks in Victoria Park. Detour signs will be posted. 
Glasgow Street (Kitchener) to John Street (Waterloo)
The Region of Waterloo will be doing work on the Iron Horse Trail beginning in September. During construction the trail will be closed from Glasgow Street in Kitchener to John Street in Waterloo. For more information, please contact the Region of Waterloo
South section - Queen Street to Ottawa Street

The trail between Queen Street and Ottawa Street has been reconstructed and paved. This section is currently open for public use.

 

North section - Victoria Street to John Street
Section 1:  Victoria Street to Glasgow Street

Improvements will continue on the trail between Victoria Street to Glasgow Street in 2019. These improvements will feature:

  • pedestrian lighting;
  • drainage improvements near Cherry Street;
  • site furnishings including benches and garbage between Gage Street and Glasgow Street;
  • and pollinator garden plantings between Gage Street and Glasgow Street

Section 2: Glasgow Street to John Street

The Region of Waterloo will be upgrading the water supply system under the Iron Horse Trail between Glasgow Street and John St. For more information about this project refer to the William Street – Strange Street water supply upgrade project 

Work will begin this summer with completion fall 2019. When complete, this section will feature:

  • wider, re-paved surfaces;
  • larger roadway crossing;
  • pedestrian lighting;
  • line painting;
  • and site furnishings including seating and garbage.

 

 2018
 
 Central section
 

The Iron Horse Trail central section is currently under construction with full completion by October 2018.

Work will begin in the summer of 2018 to improve the section of the trail that runs between Victoria Street and Queen Street, past Victoria Park. When complete, this section will feature:

  • Wider, re-paved surfaces;
  • Larger roadway crossing;
  • Wayfinding and identification signage;
  • Henry Sturm Greenway parkette design;
  • Victoria Park parking lot and entrance improvements.

Section 1:

Glasgow Street to Victoria Street

  • Trail has been reconstructed and paved. This section is currently open for public use.
  • There will be some temporary closures in the future for the completion of concrete work, site furnishings and landscaping.

Section 2:

Victoria Street South to Queen Street South

  • Trail has been reconstructed and paved. This section is currently open for public use.
  • There will be some temporary closures in the future for the completion of concrete work, site furnishings and landscaping.
 Additional Resources

Review the concept plans for our trail improvements:

 

The concrete deck has been poured and will need to cure for 7 days before we can pour the curbs. The curbs will then be poured and those too will need to cure for 7 days. Curing time in winter conditions is 7 days. If all goes well the bridge should be open for use around Jan 27th.

 

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