The town is in the Red-Control level under the new provincial COVID-19 Response Framework: Keeping Ontario Safe and Open. Provincial orders remain in effect and we must all follow public health guidelines.
After two phases of reconstruction, the transformation of Lakeshore Road East is complete and the road has re-opened to vehicles, cyclists and shoppers. The Lakeshore Road Reconstruction and Streetscape Project launched in 2019 and was completed over a two-year period.
Balancing new technology with downtown's historic charm, the reconstruction was guided by urban design principles that reflect the traditional character of the main street. New and enhanced tree-lined boulevards designed for vehicular, cyclist and pedestrian traffic, balance the needs of all modes of transportation.
The flexible design on George Street will facilitate access for special events and festivals, allowing residents and visitors to experience the many activities it hosts each year. A two metre marketing zone in front of each storefront will enable restaurants and retailers to use street space as part of their downtown presence.
What's under Lakeshore Road East has undergone a total overhaul, with new storm sewers, sanitary sewers and utility overhauls that include internet upgrades, new hydro lines, water pipes and other renewal work.
The smart city technology includes public Wi-Fi, traffic counters and electric vehicle charging stations. The new street layout provides shoppers with an increased number of parking spaces and businesses with new commercial loading zones.
To welcome residents and visitors back to stores and restaurants while encouraging contactless, cashless pay, the town is offering first-time users of the HonkMobile app up to $5 toward their parking, using the promo code OAK2020. The first hour is also free using the promo code DOWNTOWN. Both promotions run until the end of 2020.
The Lakeshore Road Reconstruction and Streetscape Project couldn't have been completed without the residents, businesses and visitors who have worked through the construction process, participated in programming and whose patience and cooperation have assisted in bringing this project to an on-time, on budget, conclusion.
As with any large construction project, issues can become apparent after completion. Before our contractor hands the site back to the town, a site inspection takes place. Phase one inspection occurred this summer, prior to the installation of restaurant patios. Phase two is scheduled following November’s completion date. Any deficiencies will be identified, tracked and, weather permitting, addressed in this year. It’s important to note that there are potential elements, such as grouting, that would need spring’s warmer temperatures for replacement work.
And lastly, in any construction project of the size, settlement can occur. Work of this nature would be addressed by the contractor through warranties on work and materials.
There have been numerous updates included in the reconstruction project. The commercial loading zones were planned to be spatial throughout the entire downtown, providing access for all businesses. The detailed spaces were determined to align with the downtown transportation study, then refined when the parking and accessible parking spaces locations were determined.
The Downtown Transportation Study includes the planned locations of the new commercial loading zones (CLZ).
To welcome residents and visitors back to our stores and restaurants and encourage contactless, cashless pay, the town is offering first-time users of the HONK mobile parking app up to $5 toward their parking, using the promo code OAK2020. The first hour is free when using the promo code DOWNTOWN on the HONK app. Parking is free after 6 p.m. and on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays. The program runs until the end of 2020.
The town will also reinstate three-hour time limits for residential on-street parking beginning August 4. Residents who require more time to park on their street or who have overnight guests can request a temporary on-street parking permit.
All pay-by-plate machines, meters, and municipal parking lots are open and accepting payment, with the exception of the Church Street Parkade, which will be open to permit holders only until alternate payment methods can be implemented.
For more information, visit the parking page.
The monthly-prepaid parking permits will continue during the Lakeshore Road reconstruction project. Employees of the downtown businesses should continue to leave the closest and most convenient parking spaces available for their customers and clients.
Twenty-four trees have been planted along Lakeshore Road between Navy and Dunn. An additional 24 will be planted in the second phase. The species include:
We understand many of you want to see larger tees planted. Forestry experts have advised us the size (and species) being planted are the right choices and will outgrow larger tree stock. The following information was provided by the landscape architect:
Regarding the size of the trees, arboricultural research has proven that planting smaller trees leads to better outcomes over time as smaller trees establish their root systems more quickly after transplanting. Over a 10-year period, small trees will actually outgrow larger trees (when comparing the size at the time of planting). This is why we specified 50mm caliper trees. Each tree is inspected before they arrived at the site to ensure that the trees are uniform and healthy.
The coronavirus pandemic is impacting business operations, and employers are seeking information to address new challenges and make informed decisions. For an overview of the resources and information currently available to the business community, please visit Invest Oakville.
Much has been done to provide on-going help for the mainstreet businesses including:
The Digital Main Street Squad is a resource for small businesses, to help build or enhance an online presence, promote products/services and sell online. This free service includes upcoming webinars and one-on-one digital support for Oakville BIA members. For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Building on the popularity of restaurant food delivery, a working partnership has been established with Canada's own Skip the Dishes. Downtown Oakville restaurants will have the opportunity to sign on with this independent service without having to pay the restaurant fee. Skip the Dishes will be advertising extensively throughout the construction period. If your restaurant is interested in participating in this service, please contact email@example.com.
To welcome residents and visitors back to our stores and restaurants and encourage contactless, cashless pay, the town is offering first-time users of the HONK mobile parking app up to $5 toward their parking, using the promo code OAK2020. The program runs until the end of 2020. The town has reinstated three-hour time limits for residential on-street parking beginning. Residents who require more time to park on their street or who have overnight guests can request a temporary on-street parking permit. Parking enforcement staff will be educating motorists of parking violations with a warning ticket in the first few days of implementation.
During the Lakeshore Road reconstruction, Council has approved a parking program to help attract customers and visitors to downtown Oakville. This program will run until December 31, 2020.
The town has secured the parking lot at 109 Reynolds Street, adjacent to Ward Funeral Home, creating over 30 new spots. As well, the former fire station lot at the corner of Randall Street and Navy Street has been converted into a temporary parking, providing more parking options for visitors, customers and employees in downtown Oakville.
Use the promo code DOWNTOWN in the Honk Mobile app to get your first hour of parking free at a metered space or in a municipal parking lot in downtown Oakville.
Parking at a metered space or in a municipal parking lot has always been free on Sundays and holidays. During the reconstruction, parking at a metered space or in a municipal parking lot will also be free on Saturdays.
The former fire station lot at the corner of Randall Street and Navy Street has been converted into a temporary parking lot to provide more parking options for visitors, customers and employees in downtown Oakville.
When Lakeshore Road is closed for construction, the side streets in the immediate blocks become temporary dead end streets. These streets will be converted to create more parking spaces by providing perpendicular parking along one side of the street. This will create more parking spaces for convenient access to the stores, restaurants and businesses near the road closure.
Parking will continue to be provided for visitors, customers and employees throughout downtown Oakville during the Lakeshore Road reconstruction project. Parking at the on-street metered spaces and in the municipal parking lots is free after 6 p.m. and all day on Sundays and holidays.
With the free Honk Mobile app, you can easily search, pay for and top up parking from a phone, tablet or computer. This payment option is easy and quick to use so you can get to where you want to go!
Set up is simple:
With Lakeshore Road East 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 April 2018, Council approved the final design for the Lakeshore Road Reconstruction and Streetscape Project. Reconstruction will be done in two phases: Phase 1 in 2019 (spring to fall) between Navy and Dunn streets, and phase 2 in 2020 (spring to fall) between Dunn and Allan streets.
The Downtown Transportation and Streetscape Study (DTS) was approved by Council in April 2015 which includes the Lakeshore Bridge Rehabilitation, the Two-Way Street Conversion, and the Lakeshore Road Reconstruction and Streetscape Project. The DTS is part of the overall Downtown Plan.
Town Council endorses the Downtown Mitigation Strategy and gives direction for free parking on Saturdays, running from April 2019 to November 2020. Town staff are directed to implement the mitigation initiatives, subject to budget approval. Review the September 20, 2018, Planning and Development Council staff report.
Town Council approves final streetscape plan for Lakeshore Road Streetscape and Reconstruction Project. Council also receives information about the mitigation initiatives that are planned at the present time, wayfinding initiatives planned for downtown during and after construction.
*Images based on design presented at Public Meeting December 7, 2017 and are subject to change.
Communications Liaison, Downtown Projects
Economic Development & Strategic Initiatives
905-845-6601, ext. 3317