City temporarily closing part of Willis Way to motor vehicles

Posted On Thursday July 02, 2020

The City of Waterloo will temporarily close part of Willis Way, from the Rainbow crosswalk to Caroline Street, to motorized vehicles and enable a people-friendly space. 

The two-month closure, which will begin July 8, is supported by the Uptown BIA. It is also aligned with the city’s Active Transportation focus. Picnic tables will be added for passive use for people and for anyone who may purchase take out at one of the many great Uptown eateries. 

“With the province now in phase two of the recovery plan, it's important that people feel they can safely distance while supporting our great uptown businesses. I encourage everyone to keep shopping and dining with local businesses. They are the lifeblood of our community,” said Ward 7 Councillor Tenille Bonoguore. 

People taking advantage of the space are reminded to stay well and safe. “While we hope people will come to uptown, people still need to observe physical distancing and if at all possible, to wear a mask,” added Mayor Dave Jaworsky. 

Council had originally considered permitting the closure to extend to King Street, however to ensure accessible parking spaces remain on Willis Way the closure could only go to the crosswalk – otherwise the accessible spaces would have to be in the parking lots. In addition, the grade of the road does not lend itself to potentially having tents, tables, etc. and some businesses in that part of the street need to be able to receive daytime deliveries.



Media contact:

Tony Iavarone
Director, Corporate Communications
City of Waterloo