The Great Excavate

In Downtown Smiths Falls

Phrase 1 – May 2019 – November 2019



What is The Great Excavate?

The Great Excavate is a reconstruction project that replaces the aging infrastructure under Beckwith Street and adds new surface treatments on top. The project also includes streetscape improvements. The work is being done in a controlled, planned and deliberate way with ongoing communication with the Downtown Business Association (DBA) and other stakeholders in order to minimize the impact of the project as much as possible.

What streets will be a part of this project?

In Phase 1 Beckwith St. from Chambers Street to Russell Street under construction. A small section of each of the intersecting streets will all be impacted. Those streets would be Chambers St., Main St., William St. and Russell St.

What kind of work is involved?

There will be total reconstruction of the majority of the underground infrastructure (sewer, water, gas, electrical) and the replacement of all surface treatments (new roadway, sidewalks, curbs, planters, trees, streetlights, benches, garbage/recycling cans, bike racks etc.) in the construction zone.

What is the timeline for the project?

Phrase 1 of the construction is scheduled to begin in early May 2019 and is expected to last until November 2019.

Will businesses in the reconstruction area remain open?

Absolutely! Businesses will remain open and accessible and eager to serve you during the project!

Businesses are open – but how do I get to them?

Navigating your way around couldn’t be easier. Just look for friendly greeters once you enter the construction zone. These people are located at key points to assist you with getting to exactly where you want to go. The zone itself will be well marked with signage and arrows pointing your way to your favourite shops and restaurants.

How will the reconstruction affect traffic downtown?

At various times during the reconstruction project, detours will be established for vehicular traffic. Please check back here for information about detours. 

Will I still be able to park on the street downtown?

Except for the immediate reconstruction zone, all on-street parking downtown will be open as usual. And, don’t forget that there are plenty of parking spaces in the parking lots on Market St. and Main St. W. near the construction zone.

Who to contact if you have question?

Susan Richards, Co-ordinator Downtown Business Association – email:  phone: 613.283.4124 ext 1114
Troy Dunlop, Director of Public Works & Utilities  – email: phone: 613.283.4124 ext 3305

Information for Downtown Property Owners, Business Owners and Staff

2019 / 2020

Spring / Summer / Fall

Beckwith St. Downtown Smiths Falls

Coming Soon!

 “The Great Excavate, Survive & Thrive Information Session for Downtown Businesses”  was held on Tuesday, July 24, 2018. Lots of great information was shared by town staff and other BIAs who have gone through construction in their downtown. Below find a wrap report of the session by the DBA and Chamber, the slide deck of presentation by Troy Dunlop, Director of Public Works & Utilities on the project and a great video from Napanee BIA on how they survived their construction.