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 — for the project.
  • Develop options for Lakeshore Road that would provide, in whole or in part, a flexible (curbless) street. 

What's next?

Staff are expected to report back on both items in early 2017. 

Public engagement opportunities regarding the furniture themes will be scheduled for this fall. Stay tuned to this page for more details.

In the meantime, staff will move forward with 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.

What’s happened so far

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 streets furnishing, allowing for contemporary 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.

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.

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. Desire to maximize a flexible (curbless) design of the Lakeshore Road East configuration was also discussed at these meetings as a topic for consideration.

Once finalized, the new streetscape materials and furnishing 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.

Public consultation to date

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

Online feedback

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)

Background

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.

In October 2015, Council approved the Lakeshore Road Reconstruction and Streetscape Project as part of the Downtown Transportation and Streetscape Study (DTS) study, which included a contemporary theme for the downtown streetscape design.

The chosen furnishings and materials will be used as part of the Lakeshore Road Bridge rehabilitation project (over Sixteen Mile Creek)  which may begin as early as  2017, the Lakeshore Road reconstruction slated to start in 2019, and going forward as other streets in downtown Oakville are reconstructed.

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:

The DTS, along with the Downtown Culture Hub Study (DCH), make up the town’s exciting Downtown Plan which aims to create an attractive, active, animated and vibrant downtown that will bring people together while maintaining the beautiful historic downtown streetscape.

News

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.Project 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
adam.kiley@oakville.ca