To help slow the spread of COVID-19 and support Public Health officials, the Town of Oakville has joined the Province of Ontario and Halton Region in declaring a State of Emergency. Facilities and parks remain closed. Only essential services are being delivered.
For the next few weeks, work will become dependent on the availability of materials. As a result, some areas of Lakeshore Road and adjacent side streets will be used to store materials. This reflects efforts to obtain materials and have them delivered to the site when they become available so that if in the event of supply chain disruption, impacts on construction timing can be minimized.
To date, the supply chain in Ontario has not been affected. Quebec suppliers closed operations due to the COVID-19 pandemic on March 24. It is important to note this is a fluid situation, with the project team continually looking for ways to reduce the risk to project timing, while keeping works and the public safe.
Oakville Town Council has voted to accept late property tax payments with no interest or late fees for up to two months, in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information on the town's response to COVID-19, including current service levels, please visit our COVID-19 page.
As part of the Town of Oakville's response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Lakeshore Road Reconstruction Project Office is closed to the public until further notice. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the Lakeshore Road Reconstruction Project, please contact:
Senior Liaison and Communications Advisor
905-845-6601, ext. 3317
The reconstruction is extensive, with underground installation of new gas lines, replacement of waste water and drinking water pipes, new electrical conduits, new communication infrastructure, and silva cell installations to ensure healthy trees. All the infrastructure will be hidden by new granite curbing, granite pavers and wider sidewalks.
As this is a very fluid situation, the project team assesses the current state and any projected changes on a daily basis. The project team is following the recommendations of the Public Health Department with respect to hand washing and social distancing. For more information about what the Town of Oakville is doing to manage the threat of COVID-19, visit our COVID-19 page.
The project is progressing as planned, although weather has impacted some work days. Communication within the project team is essential. Town staff, the contractor, consultants, Halton Region and the utilities are in regular contact to monitor the situation and respond to any issues that could impact the project schedule. A staff report outlining current progress is available on the Council Addendum agenda for March 23, 2020 (note that this Council meeting was postponed until April).
At this stage, the majority of the work is focused on underground infrastructure such as the watermain, catch basins and electrical conduits for street lights and traffic signals. Temporary street light poles have been installed to allow for the existing decorative poles to be removed. Excavation of the sidewalk between Allan and Reynolds is planned to begin this week. Installation of water services and the soil cells will follow the sidewalk excavation.
Residents and businesses are encouraged to sign up for the project newsletter. Questions can be directed to Mary Vallee, the project’s Community Liaison, at email@example.com or 905-845-6601, ext. 3317.
Lakeshore is expected to re-open to traffic mid-October, which is one month earlier than original projections. Work is expected to continue until mid-November, and will include installation of benches and other street furniture, finishing touches, and site clean-up. This timeline reflects the full scope of the work required to complete the project. Again, this timeline is weather dependent.
The contractor and Town staff have explored many options to shorten the construction timeline. Three options are being considered for feasibility: reducing the depth for the watermain installation; continuous pour for the sidewalks; and the use of additional crews where feasible. Monthly updates to Council will include any time savings identified through this analysis.
The contractor is responsible for clearing the snow within the worksite. The Town plows a pathway along the sidewalks and will expand this work during 2020 to include a wider plowed area on the new sidewalks. The sidewalks adjacent to the construction area (Allan to Dunn) will be plowed where there is sufficient clearance.
The contractor will continue to provide the best possible access for pedestrians while maintaining a safe and efficient work site. Even though work may not be happening in one section, it is still a work site and construction vehicles may need access to the site.
The town has created 112 additional temporary and permanent parking spaces downtown. Free parking periods have been expanded to include evenings after 6 pm, all day Saturday, Sunday and holidays. As well, the first hour of parking is free is using the HONK app and the promo code “DOWNTOWN”. If you don’t know how to use HONK, we’d be happy to help your customers download the app.
The Lakeshore Road construction site between Allan and Dunn streets was handed over to the town in the third week of February. Some signage such as the electronic display boards were installed in advance of this date. Other installation had to wait until the handover. To date, more than 30 signs have been installed around the construction site. The block by block signs listing individual businesses have also been erected.
Yes. We are preparing a signage guideline that explains what type of signs can be installed to meet the town’s by-law requirements. Since the town does not permit third-party advertising, the signs put on the fence cannot be advertisements. For more information, please contact the Downtown Liaison, Mary Vallee, firstname.lastname@example.org or 905-845-6601 ext. 3317.
Your front door access will temporarily be closed in order for pouring the concrete for the new sidewalk and watermain hookup. The contractor will provide a minimum of 48 hours’ notice for any interruption to access.
For input or questions regarding the 2020 patio season, contact Christina Tizzard, Manager of Urban Design, email@example.com or 905-845-6601 ext. 3266. The town is also currently seeking input from businesses regarding the development of a patio guideline that will be implanted for the 2021 season.
Pick up is moving off Lakeshore Road to Allan Street, Reynolds Street, Trafalgar Road and Dunn Street, for the duration of construction. The schedule has not changed, pick up is Tuesday and Friday mornings. Garbage and recycling should be on the street before 6:30 a.m. Overnight storage on the street is discouraged. We recommend each business and residence marks the side of receptacles with the property address to help ensure their safe return.
An extensive arborist study on these trees was completed in 2018. The trees were not good candidates for transplanting because their shape and growth indicate that they were stressed.The overall condition of the trees ranged between fair and poor. Some signs of decline and defects were attributed to their restricted root environment. Their ‘girdling’ roots grew around the base of the tree, due to the inability to extend outwards. As well, the trees were planted in among a number of utilities, electrical vaults making the transplanting process extremely difficult.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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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
Strategy, Policy & Communications
905-845-6601, ext. 3317