Lakeshore Road Reconstruction and Streetscape Project - Navy Street to Allan Street
The town is moving forward with a much needed project to reconstruct Lakeshore Road East and is looking for more public input as it plans the future streetscape for downtown.
On July 25, 2016, Town Council passed a motion directing staff to:
- Recommence a public engagement process this fall with traditional, classical and contemporary furniture options — streetlights, benches, bike rings and bollards.
- Develop options for Lakeshore Road that would provide, in whole or in part, a flexible (curbless) street.
In the meantime, staff are incorporating the garbage/recycling stations as well as the granite pavers and curbs into the streetscape design as presented to the public this past March and June.
Update — Traditional Furniture style chosen for downtown
Following extensive public consultation, Council approved a traditional furniture style for downtown Oakville at the October 3, 2016 meeting. Review the staff report.
In September 2016, the town invited residents to select, in-person or online, a preferred style — traditional, contemporary or classic — for the streetscape furnishings (streetlights, benches, bike rings and bollards) for downtown Oakville as part of the Lakeshore Road East Reconstruction and Streetscape Project. Each style was designed to complement the downtown heritage district.
In total, 1,431 persons participated and 867 (60.5%) preferred traditional; 264 (18.5%) contemporary; and 300 (21%) classic furniture. The Downtown BIA also did its own internal survey of its members which resulted in a preference for the traditional style.
The options for a flexible street will be reported back to Council in early 2017.
Next steps — Selection of specific furniture pieces happening this fall
With a furniture style now chosen, the next step is to select the individual furniture pieces that work best for downtown Oakville. That decision will be part of the next round of public consultation happening later this fall with a preferred suite of traditional furniture pieces going to Council for approval in early 2017.
Staff will also be reporting to Heritage Committee on the traditional furnishing options.
Once finalized, the new streetscape materials and furnishings are expected to be used as part of the Lakeshore Road Reconstruction and Streetscape Project slated to start in 2019, and for other streets in downtown Oakville as they are reconstructed in the future. The new curbs and pavers will be included when the town undertakes to rehabilitate the Lakeshore Road Bridge at Sixteen Mile Creek starting in early 2017, including the roadway approaches between Navy Street and Forsythe Street.