Sierra Infrastructure Inc.
Jacob Runnalls, Project Manager
[email protected]

G. Douglas Vallee Limited
Greg Smith, P.Eng
(519) 410-0633
Email: [email protected]

Norfolk County
Adam Cave, Project Manager
(519) 420-8792
Email: [email protected]

After-hours emergency:  1-877-298-5888

Project Construction Budget – $2,795,000

Awarded Tender Amount – $3,166,855.35

Anticipated Start Date – May 25, 2021

Estimated Completion Date – December 10, 2021

Monthly updates will be completed and posted during the project.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the work being completed, please reach out to the appropriate individual listed above.

Covid-19 Status

Norfolk County has declared that the James Street Reconstruction Project is an essential project.  Work is proceeding under this declaration.  The contractor will be required to provide a Covid-19 Health and Safety Policy for completing this work under current recommended guidelines.  This includes social distancing both with other crew members and the public who may approach the job site.  We respectfully request that this social distancing be reciprocated by the public towards the crew members on site.

Notifications will be delivered as required to front doors and interaction will be avoided unless circumstances dictate that verbal notification is required.  In those instances, social distancing of at least 2.0m will be maintained.


Project Scope

James Street – Church Street to Argyle Ave

      • Replacement of sanitary sewer and services to property line
      • Replacement of watermain and services to property line
      • New storm sewer
      • Installation of new sidewalk on the east and west side of James street to replace existing sidewalk
      • New concrete curb and gutter
      • New asphalt road surface


Construction Schedule

The project has been awarded to Sierra Infrastructure Inc.  Construction is scheduled to start on May 25, 2021 and continue through to December 2021.


Information for Homeowners

Traffic Control

The reconstruction of James Street is challenging from a traffic control perspective.  There is no viable detour route.  Therefore, the project has been specified that contractor must keep one lane northbound and one lane southbound open during most of the construction window.  These lanes will shift many times to allow for the construction of the works. There will be times when the nature of the construction requires that one of these lanes be closed for short durations.

To maintain the flow of traffic through the work area, left turns across oncoming traffic will be prohibited.  This includes left turns from adjoining streets onto James Street.  Access from James Street to properties and adjoining streets will be maintained but will be by right turns only.

There is currently no on street parking along James Street.  Temporary on street parking on James will not be allowed during construction.

Driveway Access

The contractor is required to maintain access to all properties during construction.  There will be occasions when you may experience some delays, lack of service and inconvenience. Every effort will be made by the contractor to minimize these occurrences as well as communicate when they are to occur.

Sanitary Sewer Servicing

The replacement of the sanitary sewer is being completed as part of this project.  All sanitary services will be replaced from the main sewer to one metre past your property lines as part of this project.  You should experience no interruptions with your sanitary sewer during the project.

Watermain Servicing

The replacement of the watermain is being completed as part of the project. Your existing water service will be connected at the property line to a new service from the watermain.  The contractor and our site inspector will notify you of any interruptions to your water supply that will be required to complete this work.

Any disruption during the connection of your water service to the new permanent system should be minimal.  There may need to be interruptions of longer duration to allow for the main line connections of the new system to the existing system.  You will be notified in advance of these interruptions and provided with some indication of the anticipated duration.

Storm Sewer Servicing

A new storm sewer is being completed as part of this project to provide drainage for the new roadway.  Storm services to each property will not be provided by this system.

Garbage and Recycling

The Contractor is required to maintain the pickup of garbage bags, garbage containers and recycling boxes left at the curbside from abutting residential or commercial properties within the limits of construction.

This may include the picking up of bags, containers and recycling boxes and placing them at a location convenient for pick up by County contractor.  If this is required, empty garbage containers and recycling boxes shall be returned to the respective property owners on the same day.

Please clearly mark all containers and recycling boxes with your address so that they may be returned to the correct location.   All regularly scheduled garbage and recycling pickups shall be maintained regardless of whether the Contractor is working on that day.

Lawn Sprinkler Systems

We ask that if you have underground lawn sprinkler systems, that you please mark the locations of sprinkler heads adjacent the road and/or sidewalk.

Tree Removals

With every construction project comes the removal of some trees for various reasons. Some are at the end of their life span, while others have water and sanitary services within the root areas that would be damaged by construction. Trees deemed to present a hazard or are in conflict with construction activities will be removed as part of this project. Norfolk County will evaluate the potential for appropriate tree planting opportunities after construction is complete.

Progress Updates

May 17, 2021 – Anticipated construction start date is May 25, 2021.  This date is subject to delays based on weather conditions.



Tender drawings


Location map

Progress Updates

June 14, 2021 – The installation of the sanitary sewer is currently ongoing.  A speed reduction is in place throughout the construction zone to 30 km/h.

September, 2021 – Construction is progressing well.  Storm and sanitary servicing is complete with watermain replacement and road building forecasted over the next couple of months.

November 19, 2021 – All underground work has been completed and crews are working on preparing for curb and asphalt..  Base asphalt is scheduled within the two-week outlook.  Surface asphalt will be placed in the spring of 2022 along with the completion of any outstanding restoration.  Temporary line markings will be completed prior to winter shut down.  The pedestrian crossing will be installed and commissioned early in December 2021.