East Mill Street Reconstruction

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Project Update from Enbridge Gas - September 23, 2022

Enbridge Gas will be relocating and upgrading the below ground natural gas pipelines starting mid September, construction is anticipated to be completed by mid November. This work will be undertaken by Aecon Utilities under contract to Enbridge and involves digging and boring along the street and neighbouring property to install new gas services. Affected property owners have been notified.

Eastbound Detour Route

This work will be undertaken by Aecon Utilities under contract to Enbridge and involves digging and boring along the street as well as on your property to install new gas services. Every effort will be made to avoid damage to your property and to restore it to pre-construction conditions. The municipality as well as all affected utilities will be contacted to determine the location of any underground services in advance of any digging. In the unlikely event that you experience an outage of your telephone, internet, cable service or other utilities, please advise the contractor’s site supervisor for repairs to be arranged, or call your local telephone or internet/television provider.

The Township is currently in the public consultation and design phase for the reconstruction of East Mill Street in downtown Elora. The reconstruction is planned to encompass three blocks extending from Metcalfe St to Melville St. as highlighted on the map below. This project is driven by the need to replace aging infrastructure in this area.

The East Mill St. reconstruction also provides the opportunity to improve the aesthetics and functionality of the streetscape, improve pedestrian safety, traffic flow, and enhance access to the downtown Elora area.

Project Description

East Mill Street is a Wellington County road, so this is a joint project between the Township of Centre Wellington and Wellington County. The Township of Centre Wellington is leading this project with input from all project stakeholders. The scope of work of this project is anticipated to include:

  • Full replacement of the watermain as well as some storm sewer work and some small areas of minor sanitary sewer work
  • Full replacement of the gas line along East Mill St. from Metcalfe to Melville (to be completed by the gas utility and their contractors).
  • Improvements to the road geometry and alignment for traffic flow
  • Adding traffic calming concrete curb bump outs at intersections to improve sight lines and pedestrian safety
  • Creating a defined entrance and exit to the Elora Mart plaza on the north side of East Mill St. located between Metcalfe St. and Geddes St. and removing the hydro poles in this area
  • Convert the overhead utility lines to be buried underground to open up the views along the first block of East Mill St. between Metcalfe St. to Geddes St.
  • Road grading, asphalt paving, line painting, and new concrete curbs and gutters
  • New concrete sidewalks and creating expanded pedestrian boulevard areas by removing some on street parking
  • Adding new decorative historical style lamp posts along the first block of East Mill St. to match the lamp posts along West Mill St.
  • Landscaping and streetscaping features to enhance the aesthetics of East Mill St.
  • New pedestrian crossing at the intersection of East Mill St. and Melville St. to provide a safe path from Bissel Park on the south side of the road over to the Elora Centre for the Arts on the north side
  • The Township and contractor will maintain public safety while also working with the Elora Business Improvement Area (BIA) and local residents to allow pedestrian access to stores and residences during construction, however there may be limited periodic interruptions to access when work is being done close to entrances
  • The Township will work with the County to develop a vehicle detour route for the construction

Timing of the East Mill Street Project

  • On December 20, 2021, as part of the 2022 Budget process, Council approved advancing the reconstruction of East Mill St. from 2024 to 2023
  • Council approved funds for use in 2022 for public consultation and detailed design of the reconstruction project
  • The gas utility plans to replace the gas main on East Mill St. from Metcalfe St. to Melville St. in fall 2022
  • The majority of the East Mill St. reconstruction is planned for the 2023 construction season, which is typically May to December
  • Some landscaping and final streetscaping could extend into 2024 especially for weather dependent items like plantings and concrete work

Current Work and Next Steps

The Township’s design team has developed the initial preliminary study plan drawing (see below). Township staff and the project designers are consulting with project stakeholders to gather input from all parties and to get feedback on the preliminary study plan. The Township project team will be continuing with consultation and further developing the study plan into detailed design drawings. We anticipate that the design will be finalized for construction tender in early 2023.

Updates will be posted to this webpage as the project progresses.


Project Update from Enbridge Gas - September 23, 2022

Enbridge Gas will be relocating and upgrading the below ground natural gas pipelines starting mid September, construction is anticipated to be completed by mid November. This work will be undertaken by Aecon Utilities under contract to Enbridge and involves digging and boring along the street and neighbouring property to install new gas services. Affected property owners have been notified.

Eastbound Detour Route

This work will be undertaken by Aecon Utilities under contract to Enbridge and involves digging and boring along the street as well as on your property to install new gas services. Every effort will be made to avoid damage to your property and to restore it to pre-construction conditions. The municipality as well as all affected utilities will be contacted to determine the location of any underground services in advance of any digging. In the unlikely event that you experience an outage of your telephone, internet, cable service or other utilities, please advise the contractor’s site supervisor for repairs to be arranged, or call your local telephone or internet/television provider.

The Township is currently in the public consultation and design phase for the reconstruction of East Mill Street in downtown Elora. The reconstruction is planned to encompass three blocks extending from Metcalfe St to Melville St. as highlighted on the map below. This project is driven by the need to replace aging infrastructure in this area.

The East Mill St. reconstruction also provides the opportunity to improve the aesthetics and functionality of the streetscape, improve pedestrian safety, traffic flow, and enhance access to the downtown Elora area.

Project Description

East Mill Street is a Wellington County road, so this is a joint project between the Township of Centre Wellington and Wellington County. The Township of Centre Wellington is leading this project with input from all project stakeholders. The scope of work of this project is anticipated to include:

  • Full replacement of the watermain as well as some storm sewer work and some small areas of minor sanitary sewer work
  • Full replacement of the gas line along East Mill St. from Metcalfe to Melville (to be completed by the gas utility and their contractors).
  • Improvements to the road geometry and alignment for traffic flow
  • Adding traffic calming concrete curb bump outs at intersections to improve sight lines and pedestrian safety
  • Creating a defined entrance and exit to the Elora Mart plaza on the north side of East Mill St. located between Metcalfe St. and Geddes St. and removing the hydro poles in this area
  • Convert the overhead utility lines to be buried underground to open up the views along the first block of East Mill St. between Metcalfe St. to Geddes St.
  • Road grading, asphalt paving, line painting, and new concrete curbs and gutters
  • New concrete sidewalks and creating expanded pedestrian boulevard areas by removing some on street parking
  • Adding new decorative historical style lamp posts along the first block of East Mill St. to match the lamp posts along West Mill St.
  • Landscaping and streetscaping features to enhance the aesthetics of East Mill St.
  • New pedestrian crossing at the intersection of East Mill St. and Melville St. to provide a safe path from Bissel Park on the south side of the road over to the Elora Centre for the Arts on the north side
  • The Township and contractor will maintain public safety while also working with the Elora Business Improvement Area (BIA) and local residents to allow pedestrian access to stores and residences during construction, however there may be limited periodic interruptions to access when work is being done close to entrances
  • The Township will work with the County to develop a vehicle detour route for the construction

Timing of the East Mill Street Project

  • On December 20, 2021, as part of the 2022 Budget process, Council approved advancing the reconstruction of East Mill St. from 2024 to 2023
  • Council approved funds for use in 2022 for public consultation and detailed design of the reconstruction project
  • The gas utility plans to replace the gas main on East Mill St. from Metcalfe St. to Melville St. in fall 2022
  • The majority of the East Mill St. reconstruction is planned for the 2023 construction season, which is typically May to December
  • Some landscaping and final streetscaping could extend into 2024 especially for weather dependent items like plantings and concrete work

Current Work and Next Steps

The Township’s design team has developed the initial preliminary study plan drawing (see below). Township staff and the project designers are consulting with project stakeholders to gather input from all parties and to get feedback on the preliminary study plan. The Township project team will be continuing with consultation and further developing the study plan into detailed design drawings. We anticipate that the design will be finalized for construction tender in early 2023.

Updates will be posted to this webpage as the project progresses.


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If you have a question or comment about the East Mill Street reconstruction, please share your comments here and we will respond accordingly!

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    The Elora BIA requested the township make lower Geddes one way north - from East Mill to at least church or preferably Metcalfe. This would do several things: It would remove the danger of southbound cars on Geddes trying to turn on to east Mill (that intersection has no sight lines and is hugely dangerous) AND this would allow the marking of dozens of additionally marked angle parking along lower Geddes, increasing the overall parking availability in the under-serviced downtown core. The reconstruction of east Mill is the perfect time to execute this plan as well. What is the status of this project in conjunction to the east Mill redvelopment?

    Fred Gordon asked 3 months ago

    Hi there. The East Mill Street Reconstruction project does not include modifications to Geddes St. at this time.  Thank you.

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    Please let me know what the township is planning with pedestrian safety and access-ability? Many people walk from the Elora Market in Bissel park through East mill.

    Lisa MacDonald asked 4 months ago

    I encourage you to review our FAQ section where we outline pedestrian safety and accessibility through the improvements that we are outlining.  Thank you!

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    1- If the gas main are being replaced in the fall of 2022, how long of a project is it and are we to expect this contraction going into Starlight Shopping and Christmas? The business along East Mill need to know the timelines well in advance so they can plan ahead. We as the East Mill Committee, and many of the residents feel strongly about adding mature trees to the street. What are our chances of getting those approved. There are many different ways to deal with the roots.

    Renate Karger asked 4 months ago

    Hi Renate, a more detailed response can be found in our FAQ document.  The majority of the reconstruction of East Mill St. is planned to be done during the 2023 construction season between May to December. 

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    Has there been any consideration for a bike lane, even if only in one direction? Especially with the new pathways map at ECFTA. The municipality and county should be leading the way in creating safe active transportation infrastructure.

    MK asked 4 months ago

    Hi there.  Please review our FAQ document on the right hand side of the page, it will outline how improvements will be made to the safety of pedestrians and cyclists.  Thank you!

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    I am a business owner along East Mill Street within this reconstruction. What is being done to improve the safety for cyclists? There has been a great uptick in cyclists in the last few years that is only going to keep growing with the increased prevalence of e-bikes as a way to reduce our carbon footprints. There needs to be more done to slow traffic. Slower traffic = safer streets for cyclists/pedestrians. There needs to be a raised crosswalk where Geddes meets East Mill Street as well as other calming measures. Planting semi-mature trees along this stretch will also help slow traffic/keep drivers more engaged. Trees are also going to be important for providing shade in our downtown as the summers will continue to become hotter with climate change. Our town is a tourist town and every weekend there are hundreds of tourists walking around. If we don't reconstruct with pedestrians/cyclists as our number one priority we are not recognizing the DNA of our town and doing a disservice to both the locals and everyone who visits our beautiful Elora. By not adding additional calming measures our town is saying that vehicles matter more than pedestrians.

    James Harrison asked 4 months ago

    Hi James.  Please review our FAQ document on the right hand side of the page, it will outline how improvements will be made to the safety of pedestrians and cyclists.  Thank you!

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