East Mill Street Reconstruction

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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.


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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Page last updated: 25 Apr 2022, 04:05 PM