Town prepares for reconstruction of Lakeshore Road Bridge at Sixteen Mile Creek

Wed, 18 Jan 2017

Bridge closes the week of January 30; reopens December 2017

During the week of January 30, 2017, the Lakeshore Road Bridge over Sixteen Mile Creek will be closed until December 2017 to motorists, cyclists and pedestrians in both directions. The bridge is being reconstructed as part of the overall Lakeshore Road Reconstruction and Streetscape project.

A detour route around the bridge will be provided via Kerr Street, Rebecca Street and Navy Street. All businesses, the library, the theatre and Centennial Pool remain open and accessible during construction.

“The town is moving forward with a much needed project to reconstruct Lakeshore Road East starting with the bridge. Changing the streetscape in downtown Oakville will help pave the way for a revitalized downtown,” said Mayor Rob Burton. “We appreciate everyone’s patience during construction and remind you that it is business as usual in downtown Oakville.”

Once complete, the new bridge will include two travel lanes and bikes lanes. There will also be a wider pedestrian sidewalk with a barrier wall to separate the sidewalk and vehicular traffic. New pedestrian railings and lookouts will be included as well as LED lighting. The Lakeshore Road approaches to the bridge between Navy Street and Forsythe Street will also be reconstructed.

On January 5, 2017, in preparation for the bridge closure, Navy Street was permanently converted to two-way traffic between Lakeshore and Rebecca/Randall streets. Signs are posted around the area to notify drivers of the change. As part of the Council approved Downtown Transportation and Streetscape Study (DTS), Navy Street is one of several streets in downtown Oakville scheduled to be converted to two-way operation.  The other streets are still in the detailed design phase and are scheduled to be converted in 2018.

Another addition to Downtown Oakville is the new pedestrian crossover device at the intersection of Navy Street and Church Street (in front of Centennial Square). Several new crossovers are planned to be installed across town in 2017 starting with the Navy and Church street location. Pedestrian crossovers have specific pavement markings and crossing signs. There are three types of crossovers. The crossover at Navy and Church has poles, flashing beacons above the signs and pedestrian push buttons. Unlike pedestrian crosswalks at traffic signal locations, at a crossover, drivers and cyclists must stop behind the yield line and wait until the pedestrian completely crosses the road before proceeding.

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. The Lakeshore Bridge at Sixteen Mile Creek reconstruction is taking place in advance of the road project as inspections of the bridge revealed its condition warrants immediate attention.

For details about this project, please visit the Lakeshore Road Bridge Reconstruction page. Additional information will be posted online as the projects progress. You can also contact ServiceOakville at 905-845-6601.