Downtown road surface repairs to begin May 2024

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aerial view of downtown near Market Hall facing north

Peterborough, ON – Several downtown streets will receive much needed road surface repairs as repaving work begins in May 2024. The scope of work includes the replacement of frames, covers and grates, curb replacement in select locations, as well as milling, surface paving and pavement markings.

Milling and surface paving work on George Street and Water Street will be performed during evening and overnight hours to minimize disruption to traffic and businesses.

Structure adjustments and select curb and gutter replacements will be completed during daytime working hours in smaller segments where possible, to reduce disruption for businesses and traffic. Milling and surface paving operations will be completed by entire segments respective to each operation to minimize associated disruptions as less duration is required during these operations. It is anticipated that adjacent properties will only experience direct disruption for about four to six days, depending on operational sequencing, weather, or other unforeseen issues.

The City of Peterborough is coordinating with the contractor to minimize impacts on events planned in the downtown for the summer season.

“Repaving downtown roads is a much-needed improvement in the heart of our city. On behalf of the City and Council, I thank the downtown residents and businesses for their patience while this work is completed. I encourage everyone to visit our excellent local restaurants, cafés and businesses downtown this summer,” said Mayor Jeff Leal.

Access to all businesses will remain open during the construction period. Pedestrian access will be maintained.

The work is being done by IPAC Paving Limited on behalf of the City, with work scheduled to be completed by fall 2025. Further information will be posted regarding the scheduling of the temporary lane reductions and closures as it comes available.

In 2024, sections of the following streets will be periodically reduced to a single lane of traffic during repaving operations:

  • George Street between Hunter Street and Sherbrooke Street
  • Water Street between Simcoe Street and Brock Street
  • Sheridan Street from Hunter Street to the north limit
  • Brock Street from Water Street to the east limit

Short-term road closures will be in place on the following roads during milling and surface paving operations in 2024, with detour routes posted:

  • Brock Street from George Street to Water Street
  • Simcoe Street between George Street and Water Street
  • King Street between George Street and Water Street

Some on-street parking will be affected on certain blocks as operations move through segments of the downtown. Reduction of on-street parking on any block is expected to last four to six days in any given location. For information on parking garages and surface lots available in the downtown, please visit

Peterborough Utilities will also be conducting water main relining concurrently on other streets in the surrounding area in 2024.

Schedules may change due to delays or inclement weather. Residents and businesses in the area are encouraged to subscribe to the project page for updates on the timelines for specific road closures, lane reductions and additional road surface repair locations to be completed in 2025 at