Council approved the final design for Lakeshore Road Reconstruction and Streetscape Project at a special Planning and Development Council held on Tuesday night. Reconstruction between Navy and Allen streets is scheduled to start in the spring of 2019 and will be delivered in two phases:
- Phase 1 in 2019 (spring to fall) – between Navy and Dunn streets
- Phase 2 in 2020 (spring to fall) between Dunn and Allan streets.
“Downtown Oakville is essential to the cultural and economic well-being of our community,” said Mayor Rob Burton. “We will be working closely with the Downtown Oakville BIA and individual businesses to implement measures that will encourage residents to continue visiting downtown throughout the reconstruction.”
Work on revitalizing the downtown streetscape began last year with the reconstruction of the Lakeshore Road Bridge. The bridge incorporated the new streetscape features such as granite curbs and light standards that will be included for the Lakeshore Project. This year the town will also be undertaking the conversion of existing one-way streets to two-way operation including the resurfacing of Navy, Randall, Church, George, and Dunn streets.
“With Lakeshore Road East, (Navy Street to Allan Street) coming to the end of its lifespan, the town undertook extensive research and public consultation to identify broader opportunities,” Dan Cozzi, director of Engineering and Construction, reported to Council. “This undertaking will improve traffic, beautify streets and improve pedestrian/cycle ways in the downtown.”
Council also heard about potential mitigation efforts to ensure sustainability of the commercial district through the construction period.
“We have examined similar projects in other communities,” Dorothy St. George, director of Economic Development stated. “Further consultation with businesses, Downtown BIA and other stakeholders will help ensure that we have the right plan for Oakville.”
Visit our Lakeshore Road Reconstruction Project page for more information, including a map and timeline.