Lakeshore Road West Improvements
(Mississaga Street to Dorval Drive)

Improving traffic conditions and road user safety

The town's Livable Oakville Plan and Active Transportation Master Plan both identified the need for improvements along Lakeshore Road West between Mississaga Street and Dorval Drive to meet the town's vision and growth demands to 2031.

The town is conducting an Environmental Assessment (EA) Study to assess current and future traffic needs along Lakeshore Road West and find ways to improve vehicle, cyclist, and pedestrian accessibility and safety. The study is considering a wide range of options including continuous sidewalks, multi-use paths, on-road bike lanes, separated turn lanes, and improvements to pavement and drainage conditions.

Image outlining the section of Lakeshore Road West between Mississaga Street and Dorval Drive.

Image outlining the section of Lakeshore Road West between Mississaga Street and Dorval Drive.

Update

Since Council’s direction at the August 2018 Planning and Development Council meeting, the study team has been working with various stakeholders on the development of alternative roadway design options, including reviewing the need for centre turn lanes, exploring drainage options, assessing the feasibility of continuous sidewalks and protected bike lanes, and investigating anticipated tree impacts and mitigation.

Following stakeholder meetings in April and May this year, some stakeholders expressed a desire to see specific criteria developed that would identify the scenic corridor characteristics of Lakeshore Road.

Following this feedback, a staff report was presented and approved at the Planning and Development Council meeting on Tuesday, August 6, 2019, requesting the completion of the Lakeshore Road West EA study be deferred until early 2020 so that a Scenic Corridors Study can be completed. Review the staff report, item 3 on the agenda.

A Scenic Corridors Study will be initiated as part of the Livable Oakville Official Plan review. The Scenic Corridors Study will develop policies and urban design directions that will help identify and evaluate the roadway and streetscape elements that make up a scenic corridor. 

The Scenic Corridors Study is being moved up to fall/early winter 2019 to provide the criteria we need to complete the Lakeshore Road design options.

Continue to check this page for project updates.

Frequently asked questions

Public engagement

Spring 2019 - Town staff and our consultants met with stakeholders in late March and early April to share the design alternatives for the Lakeshore Road West improvements to gather feedback. Review the presentation.  Following these meetings, some stakeholders expressed a desire to see specific criteria developed for the scenic corridor characteristics of Lakeshore Road. A staff report is being presented to Council in August requesting the completion of the Lakeshore Road West EA study be delayed until early 2020 so that a Scenic Corridors Study can be completed.

August 7, 2018 - At the Planning and Development Council meeting, staff recommended extending the study timelines to further engage with residents and stakeholders prior to bringing revised Lakeshore Road EA recommendations forward to council in early 2019. Review the staff report on the August 7 Planning and Development Council agenda, item 7.

July 25, 2018 – The town held a public meeting to gather further community feedback on the draft plan and discuss any issues or concerns residents had, specifically regarding tree preservation, property requirements and options for a centre turn lane. Feedback received will be considered in the final planning and design phase, prior to being presented to Council in 2019. Review the public meeting presentation. Review the public meeting feedback summary.

November 29, 2017 – an open house was held to share the preliminary preferred alternatives for Lakeshore Road West improvements, discuss next steps and gather public input.

April 20, 2017 – an open house was held to provide an opportunity for residents and interested stakeholders to learn about and provide input and comments on the preliminary investigations, the need for improvements and the assessment of planning alternatives.

As well as public information sessions, extensive stakeholder and technical agency engagement has been conducted throughout the study.

 

The town is considering a wide range of options to satisfy cycling, pedestrian and vehicular traffic within the study area to meet the needs of the community to the year 2031. After identifying problems and opportunities, the following recommendations are being considered in the final design phase:

  • Provide and improve pedestrian and cyclist facilities
  • Improve traffic, pedestrian and cyclist safety
  • Improve pavement conditions
  • Improve existing drainage and storm water management
  • Improve intersection safety and operations
  • Accommodate transit where required
  • Improve roadway design to meet current standards
  • Improve creek crossings and structures
  • Accommodate future municipal services and utilities within the ultimate right of way

Improvements will be made with a focus on the following:

  • An emphasis on pedestrian safety
  • Minimizing impacts to trees and the environment, including terrestrial and aquatic life
  • Minimizing impacts to adjacent properties and the need for land acquisition
  • Minimizing the impacts to McCraney Creek
  • Accommodating the Bronte Village Growth Area
  • Accommodating/enhancing Bronte Harbour access

An Active Transportation and Traffic Report was undertaken to address short and long term needs of pedestrians, cyclists and transit users.

Cycling and walking are very prevalent within the Lakeshore Road corridor, however there are some connectivity gaps and missing infrastructure that needs to be addressed.

Continuous sidewalks and multi-use trails are being considered to address accessibility and safety issues, allowing children, recreational cyclists, parents with strollers, and individuals with mobility issues to get where they need to go without having to cross a busy roadway. 

Proposed cycling improvements include on-road bike lanes with a painted buffer to connect with the existing on-road bike lanes at Mississaga Street to the west and Dorval Drive in the east. A continuous marked bike lane provides improved access and safety for the commuter cyclist, and provides drivers with greater awareness of the potential of on-road cyclists.  

Transit-related improvements include the relocation of some stops and better sidewalk access, including pedestrian crossings at several locations within the corridor.

A Traffic Impact Study Report and a Road Safety Performance Assessment Report concluded that the addition of a two-way centre turn lane would be able to accommodate the travel demand anticipated to the year 2031, and would provide a safer opportunity for left-turning vehicles and decrease collisions within the corridor.

The study team continues to work on identifying potential locations where the continuous two-way left turn lane may not be needed.

There is no proposal to raise the posted speed limit on Lakeshore Road. The current posted speed of 50 km/hour, with a short section at 40 km/hour near Appleby College, is expected to remain.

The town is looking at the best way we can design improvements to the roadway that will have minimal impact on trees and neighbouring properties.

The Environmental Study Report (ESR) includes preliminary design drawings that indicate potential tree removals required to accommodate the proposed improvements to the road cross-section. No tree removals are final at this point.

Wherever possible, the existing trees located along the Lakeshore Road corridor will be preserved. Where tree removals are required these trees will be replaced following the Town of Oakville’s Tree Protection During Construction Procedure. Additional native trees will be planted where space is available.

McCraney Creek Bridge: 
The McCraney Creek bridge requires replacement due to poor condition and flooding potential. This is noted as a priority. The new structure will accommodate two lanes of traffic, on-road bike lanes, a sidewalk (north side) and a multi-use trial (south side). Pedestrian protection will also be provided by incorporating a pedestrian separation barrier wall or railing.

Bronte Creek Bridge:
The existing Bronte Creek bridge requires no structural changes. It will be modified with a new pavement marking plan to accommodate the new cross-section. Pedestrian protection will also be provided by incorporating a pedestrian separation barrier wall or railing.

Fourteen Mile Creek Bridge:
The existing Fourteen Mile Creek bridge requires no structural changes. The bridge deck will be modified with new pavement markings to accommodate the new cross-section. During the detailed design phase, staff will explore opportunities to retrofit the structure with pedestrian barrier walls (subject to feasibility).

The proposed designs are shown in Appendix C of the May 22 staff report, item 2.

The Town of Oakville conducted a Municipal Class Environmental Assessment Study (Class EA) for the project. The Environmental Study Report (ESR) documents the rationale for the project, the background to the study, existing and future conditions within the study area, the planning, design and consultation process leading to the preferred alternative, anticipated positive and negative impacts, and proposed mitigation measures. The study meets the requirements of a Schedule C project under the Municipal Engineers Association (MEA) Municipal Class EA document (October 2000, as amended in 2007, 2011 and 2015), which is an approved process under the Ontario Environmental Assessment Act.

Review the Draft ESR and the Preliminary Design Plan (under review).

Appendix A - Public Consultation
Appendix B - Indigenous Consultation
Appendix C - Agency Meetings
Appendix D - Stakeholder Meetings
Appendix E - Utilities
Appendix F - Transportation and Traffic Study
Appendix G - Road Safety Performance Study
Appendix H - Terrestrial Report
Appendix I - Aquatic Report
Appendix J - Fluvial Geomorphology Report
Appendix K - Stage 1 Archaeological Assessment
Appendix L - Cultural Heritage Assessment
Appendix M - Stormwater
Appendix N - Assessment of Alternative Planning Solutions
Appendix O - Cycling Assessment Memo - Lakeshore Road West Final
Appendix P - McCraney Creek
Appendix Q - Urban Design
Appendix R - Lighting Report
Appendix S - Traffic Noise Impact Study

Your input is important

Have your say! If you have any questions or comments, would like to be added to the study mailing list, or would like further information on the study, please contact:

Syed Rizvi, M.Sc., P.Eng.,
Transportation Engineer, Town of Oakville
905-845-6601, ext. 3981
syed.rizvi@oakville.ca

Bob Felker, B.E.S., M.C.I.P., R.P.P.,
Senior Environmental Planner, Amec Foster Wheeler
519-650-7139
bob.felker@amecfw.com