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$2.2 million University Ave. reconstruction project is 6 weeks behind schedule

The stretch between Erb and Westmount was supposed to reopen on Thursday
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University ave between Erb and Westmount closed for 3 months, Jeff Pickel/570 News

A stretch of University in Waterloo scheduled to reopen on Thursday following months of construction won't be open to traffic until late November. 

The reconstruction project along University Avenue between Erb Street and Westmount Road, in the heart of the University District, is 6 weeks behind schedule.

Peter Linn, the project's manager, said the weather is the main factor in the delay. 

"The project has been delayed for about 6 weeks mainly because of the weather we have had over the last month. All the rain we have has really slowed the contractor down."

The stretch of University was closed July 30 and when the project is completed, University Avenue between Keats Way and Erb will be four lanes wide, have a new sidewalk on the westbound side of the road where none existed before, buffered on road cycling lanes, and an extended left turn lane at the Erb Street intersection. 

The $2.2 million project is funded from the Regional Development Charges Reserve Fund.


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