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Sidewalk construction works

New Sidewalk Construction

New Sidewalk Construction work involves the installation of sidewalks in existing areas in Town. These projects often have many obstacles as Town boulevards are occupied with various types of utilities, unfavourable sidewalk grades, ditches, driveways and trees. The scope of work varies depending on the project site however a combination of excavation, fill and a limited amount of Town tree replacements is often required.

In general, residents may expect the following construction phasing:

  1. Site Preparation – the project will begin with site preparation such as trimming vegetation on the Town boulevard and potential removals of Town trees. Notices for any site preparation work are sent out to residents ahead of construction to notify the public.

  2. Excavation & Filling – where existing grades aren’t favourable for sidewalks, a combination of excavation & filling is required within the Town boulevard. Along the span of the sidewalk length, shallow excavation is required for install the new granular base and for thickness of the new sidewalk. In general, the proposed sidewalk is installed to be flush with the surrounding boulevard.
    Once excavation is complete, the granular base is installed and compacted for the new sidewalk. The installation of wooden formwork follows immediately after.

  3. Concrete Pouring – at this stage, the contractor is able to pour concrete into the wooden formwork and complete any other concrete work that may be required. The formwork will stay in place for 2 to 4 days while the concrete cures. Where work takes place across driveways, the work will be phased to allow narrowed vehicular access into your driveway while the concrete formwork is in place.

  4. Restoration – with the concrete works complete, it is time for final restoration.This will include the replacement of topsoil/sod and final clean-up of the job site.

  5. Warranty Period – should any deficiencies happen after construction is complete, the contractor is responsible for warranty work typically for 1 to 2 years. Town staff monitor the performance of work during this time period and should residents have any concerns please notify us during this time period to investigate.

New Sidewalk 
Example of New Sidewalk Construction (During Construction)

Sidewalk Replacement

Sidewalk Replacement work involves the replacement of miscellaneous sidewalk bays across Town. These bays are typically identified through the Town’s yearly sidewalk inspection program. The scope of this work includes sidewalk bays that are damaged, heaved or that have settled. On average 1 to 3 sidewalk bays may be replaced per location, however more may be necessary depending on the existing conditions. Minor damage or visual aesthetics do not warrant the replacement of a sidewalk bay.

In general, residents may expect the following construction phasing:

  1. Removal of Sidewalk Bay(s) – the project begins with the removal and disposal of the identified sidewalk bay(s). Once removed, wooden formwork is installed immediately after.

  2. Concrete Pouring – at this stage, the contractor is able to pour concrete into the wooden formwork and complete any other concrete work that may be required. The formwork will stay in place for 2 to 4 days while the concrete cures. Where work takes place across driveways, the work will be phased to allow narrowed vehicular access into your driveway while the concrete formwork is in place.

  3. Restoration – with the concrete works complete, it is time for final restoration. This will include the replacement of topsoil/sod and final clean-up of the job site.

  4. Warranty Period – should any deficiencies happen after construction is complete, the contractor is responsible for warranty work typically for 1 to 2 years. Town staff monitor the performance of work during this time period and should residents have any concerns please notify us during this time period to investigate.

Side walk replacement
Example of Sidewalk Replacement (Post Construction)


Frequently Asked Questions

To learn more about sidewalk construction works in Town, click here to view our sidewalk construction FAQs.