George Street Reconstruction

George Street is located two blocks west of Beckwith Street and is integral in the north/south movement of residents and vehicles within the downtown core. The Town of Smiths Falls will be reconstructing a large portion of George Street over the course of 3 to 4 construction seasons, with Phase 1 beginning in May of 2024. Phase 1 includes 220 linear meters of roadway from Strathcona Street to William Street, intersections included. Reconstruction will include the replacement of all municipal infrastructure within the Town’s road allowance, including watermains, sanitary sewers, services to property line, and the addition of new storm sewer infrastructure. The roadway will be upgraded at this time as well, with new concrete curbs and sidewalks constructed on both sides of the roadway in accordance with Ontario’s accessibility standards.

The Request for Tender was posted on March 21st, 2024, and it is anticipated that a Notice of Award will be issued to the successful bidder by Wednesday, April 24th, 2024. Construction is expected to start on or soon after May 20th 2024.

A project of this scale comes with inherent inconveniences to residents as rock removal and excavation activities will result in noise and restricted traffic movement through the site. The Town would like to thank all residents in advance for their patience as we work to complete these important infrastructure upgrades quickly and efficiently.

Construction Updates

June 20, 2024

Work on George Street is progressing quickly as Campbells Trucking has had a strong compliment of staff on site, allowing them to undertake two operations simultaneously. Work at the northern excavation will continue progressing up George Street North, towards William Street West. Rock removal activities continue for this operation and is required for the installation of new mainline watermain, storm sewer, and sanitary sewer. The crew working at the Strathcona Street intersection on an intricate assembly of new and existing infrastructure is expecting to have the underground work at this intersection complete by the end of June. Once the intersection work is completed, that crew will start mainline watermain and sewer at Main Street West, and progress on George Street South towards Strathcona Street.


Residents can expect much of the same site conditions for the coming weeks. The movement of vehicular traffic will change once workers transition from the Strathcona Street intersection to mainline sewers on George Street.


The Town request that residents in the area surrounding George Street use alternative routes when traveling by vehicle or on foot. Residents who live on George Street, or those needing to pass through the site to get to their destination, should be aware that this is an active construction site which presents many hazards. Please use caution when moving around the area and exercise patience. If you are unsure, please get the attention of a worker for direction before proceeding. Workers will be happy to assist to help you navigate a safe route through the site.

 May 30, 2024

We are excited to announce the commencement of construction on George Street. Crews began by decommissioning the watermain between Strathcona Street and William Street West during the week of May 21st - May 24th.

Campbell's Trucking Ltd has started mobilizing their large equipment to site and will begin rock excavation soon. The removal of rock is necessary for creating trenches for the new separated sewers and will require additional road closures on George Street between William Street West and Strathcona Street. While crews endeavor to minimize disruptions, some dust and noise is anticipated with this type of work. The team will work from 7:00 a.m. until approximately 5:30 p.m. during the week, ensuring safety and efficiency throughout the process.

The Town would like to remind residents that George Street will be an active construction zone from Park Ave to Russell Street West for the duration of the summer, we kindly requests that residents use an alternative route when travelling to and from Murphy Park. 

Frequently Asked Questions 

 Why reconstruct George Street?
 The work planned for George Street is aligned with the Town’s initiative for infrastructure improvements through the expansion of a new storm sewer network, reduction of combined flows in the sanitary sewers , and upgrading of surface features which will be constructed in accordance with Ontario’s accessibility standards. The water and sewer pipes that run beneath George Street have long surpassed their useful life (some of the pipes were installed in the early 20th century) and the surface is deteriorating rapidly. 
 When will construction start? How long will it last?
 Construction on George Street will be commencing on or around May 20th, 2024. The work is expected to take much of the 2024 construction season and wrap up in the fall.
  What can I expect during construction?
 As with any active construction site, you can expect there will be heavy equipment moving around the work zone and occupying much of the street. The work itself will produce noise, as will the construction equipment, however the contractor’s working hours are restricted to ensure they are following the Town’s Noise By-law.
 Will I still be able to park in my driveway or on the street?
 The contractor will be encouraged to maintain access to driveways for as long as reasonably possible, however there will be periods of limited or no vehicular access to individual properties. Residents will be given prior notice before access is restricted to their property and an expected duration of the restricted period. During this time residents are asked to make other parking arrangements, where possible, in support of an expeditious completion of the contract work.
 How will curbside garbage and recycling be handled during construction?
 Curbside waste and recycling pick-ups will generally not change during construction. All property owners will be required to set out materials at the curbside for 7:00 a.m. each morning in order to ensure collection service. The Contractor will round up all curbside materials and take them to a convenient location for collection by the Town’s curbside collection provider. Owners are asked to please label their blue and yellow/black boxes with your civic address number so the Contractor knows how to get them back to you.
 Will there be service interruptions during construction?
 Some temporary interruptions in water and wastewater services will occur throughout construction, however the Town and the Contractor will take all reasonable efforts to keep these impacts to a minimum. Should the contractor require isolation of your municipal services, they will communicate that to affected properties in advance.
Who's Listening?

Samantha Turner

Engineering Technologist

613-283-4124 ext. 1145


Paul McMunn

Director, Public Works & Utilities

Phone: 613-283-4124 ext. 1152


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