Lakeshore Road Reconstruction and Streetscape Project - Navy Street to Allan Street

Image of Lakeshore Road concept.

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.

What's happened so far - Previous public consultation

Following extensive public consultation through the Downtown Transportation and Streetscape Study (DTS), a contemporary theme was chosen in 2015 over traditional and classical, to complement the historic buildings in the streetscape yet remain a reflection of the current time. Desire to maximize a flexible (curbless) design of the Lakeshore Road East configuration was also discussed at these meetings as a topic for consideration.

The public meetings were held on March 1 and June 15, 2016 to get feedback on contemporary design palettes.

Comments were also collected online from February 24 to April 1, 2016.

Review the material that was presented at public meeting #1 (pdf, 15.8 MB)

Review a copy of the Lakeshore Road Reconstruction and Streetscape Consultation Summary (pdf, 4.3 MB)

When specific contemporary furniture pieces were presented to the public this past March and June 2016 there was significant concern and opposition about the theme choice. Council passed a motion directing staff to recommence a public engagement process this fall to gather more public input on the three style options — traditional, contemporary and classic.

In September 2016, the town held a number of public engagement opportunities to find out what style — traditional, contemporary or classic — you would like to see used for the streetlights, benches, bike rings and bollards in downtown Oakville. Check out the photo gallery for each style.

Voting in person

In an effort to connect with residents from across town, staff were at several high-traffic events/locations on the dates listed. Photos of each furniture style were on display for review and then residents voted on the style they liked best.

  • Saturday, September 10, 9 a.m.–noon, Downtown Oakville Farmers’ Market, George Street  
  • Wednesday, September 14, 6-8 p.m., Sixteen Mile Sports Complex, 3070 Neyagawa Boulevard
  • Thursday September 15, 6-8 p.m., Iroquois Ridge Community Centre, 1051 Glenashton Drive
  • Saturday, September 17, 9 a.m.–noon, Downtown Oakville Farmers’ Market, George Street  
  • Tuesday, September 20, 6-8 p.m., Town Hall, Oakville/Trafalgar Room, 1225 Trafalgar Road
  • Wednesday, September 21, 6-8 p.m., Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre, 2302 Bridge Road
  • Thursday, September 22, 6-8 p.m., Glen Abbey Community Centre, 1415 Third Line

Voting online

An online photo library and voting option was available from September 8 to 23. Each style of furniture — traditional, contemporary and classic — had a series of photos as examples representing each style. Residents had the opportunity to review the images to get a sense of each style and voted on the one they liked best. 


The Downtown Oakville Heritage Conservation District (DOHCD) Plan identified the current mixture of designs, materials and colours in downtown as visually cluttered. The DOHCD Plan identified the opportunity for a new design of street furnishings, allowing for improvements, so long as it is cohesive, supports the pedestrian environment and does not compete with the historic material of the district.

With Lakeshore Road East (Navy Street to Allan Street) coming to the end of its lifespan and needing a major reconstruction, the town undertook extensive research and public consultation to identify broader opportunities to improve traffic, beautify streets and improve pedestrian/cycle ways in the downtown.

Downtown Transportation and Streetscape Study (DTS)

The Downtown Plan, launched in December 2013, is comprised of the Downtown Cultural Hub Study (DCH), and the Downtown Transportation and Streetscape Study (DTS).

The DTS was approved by Council in April 2015. This study assessed the current traffic and roadway conditions in downtown Oakville and created recommendations to enhance the roadways, beautify streets, improve pedestrian/cycle ways and revitalize the Towne Square, by introducing design standards as well as increasing connectivity, mobility and accessibility.

The DTS included extensive public consultation in 2014-2015 on the different options for Lakeshore Road, the Streetscape Master Plan as well as a  theme (contemporary was selected over traditional and classical) for the site furnishings and finishes.

Staff presented preferred options to Council in March 2015. Council approved the recommendations from the Downtown Transportation and Streetscape study in April 2015. Review the DTS final report (pdf, MB).

In November 2015 Council approved the timing for the Lakeshore Road reconstruction and streetscape project to commence in 2019 and be completed over a two year period. In addition, the Lakeshore Road Bridge over Sixteen Mile Creek will be rehabilitated in 2017

For information regarding the completed DTS study please visit the Downtown Transportation and Streetscape Study project page.

The completed DTS study approved several changes in the downtown including:


News release: Town to recommence public consultation on furniture options for downtown Oakville 
News release: Council takes steps forward on Lakeshore Road reconstruction projects — November 4, 2015
News release: Lakeshore Road Reconstruction and Streetscape Project sets way for a revitalized downtown — February 24, 2016

Image of Cross Section of Lakeshore Road concept.Engineering design update

Detailed engineering and design work is the first step to a more usable, beautiful downtown streetscape. The town hired MMM Group to create the detailed design and procurement package for the reconstruction and streetscaping of Lakeshore Road (Navy Street to Allan Street), and Brook Mcllroy, the consultants on the Downtown Transportation and Streetscape Study, who will work with MMM Group to complete the detailed streetscape drawings and finalize street materials and furnishings. The public will be invited to review the streetscape materials and furnishings before final decisions are made.

In preparation for the detailed design, the team will be actively working downtown over the next few months on the following items:

  • Topographic survey of road and boulevard
  • Subsurface Utility Engineering (SUE) investigation
  • Surface paint markings for utilities in the boulevard and road including survey of location
  • Test hole excavations to locate utilities will be conducted in the boulevard and road using a hydro vac truck
  • Ground Penetrating Radar may be used within the boulevard to locate utilities
  • Video inspection (CCTV) of storm sewers
  • Drilling boreholes along the road for the Geotechnical investigation
  • Tree survey

For more information regarding this project please contact

Adam Kiley, P. Eng.
Project Leader - Capital Projects
Engineering and Construction
905-845-6601, ext. 3357