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Kerr Street Underpass Project

Streetscape Design Survey

Improving how people move, through and within Oakville

The Town of Oakville, through its transportation master planning process, identified the need to rebuild and widen Kerr Street between Speers Road and Wyecroft Road, including the building of a new underpass at the Lakeshore West GO line. The town is partnering with Metrolinx to move forward with this project and complete it faster. Preliminary work on the project will start in 2019 with construction of the underpass starting as early as the spring of 2020. The work will take up to three years to complete. The current road alignment will remain in place during construction while we build the new road to the west.

This is a major engineering project and the town and Metrolinx will work hard to reduce the impact of construction on businesses, residents and local traffic as much as possible throughout project.

This project will improve traffic flow in the area, and allow Metrolinx to deliver increased GO service levels on the Lakeshore West line using electric trains. For details visit the Metrolinx website.

Streetscape Design — Open House September 13

This portion of the project focuses on the selection of street furnishings and other elements such as light poles, benches, pavers, and railings for Kerr Street, from the rail crossing, south to Speers Road. The town intends to incorporate the selected elements into a conceptual streetscape strategy for future reference and consideration for streetscape improvements within the Kerr Village Growth Area.

Drop in!

Thursday, September 13, 2018
6:30–8 p.m.
263 Kerr Street (currently the Oakville Seniors Centre building)

Drop by anytime. There will be no formal presentation. The streetscape elements will be displayed on information boards and town staff will be on hand to answer any questions.

We heard you

This meeting is a follow up to the open house we held on June 26 and the online streetscape design survey that has been open since June 27.

Online feedback open until August 31

You still have a chance to tell us what you think by completing our streetscape design survey. Thank you for participating!

Accessibility needs?

If you plan to attend the open house and have accessibility needs, please contact Philip Wiersma by September 7 at 905-845-6601, ext. 3795 (TTY: 905-338-4200), email philip.wiersma@oakville.ca

Construction and Design

The Kerr Street Underpass Project is a critical part of the town’s Transportation Master Plan and will include:

  • building a new underpass at Kerr St. and the Metrolinx railway;
  • widening Kerr Street from Speers Road to just north of the QEW to allow for two northbound and two southbound lanes, including dual soutbound left turn lanes and a right turn lane at Speers Road; northbound and southbound left turn lanes at Shepherd Road, and a northbound left turn lane at the intersection with Wyecroft Road
  • shifting the road alignment westerly to keep the underpass as far away from the Sixteen Mile Creek top of bank

The new underpass will also allow Metrolinx to deliver increased GO service levels on the Lakeshore West line using electric trains.

Update

On May 2, the Town of Oakville and Metrolinx hosted a public meeting where the community learned about the overall project details, timing and logistics. A second meeting about the overall project will be held later in 2018. Stay tuned!

In spring/summer 2018, Metrolinx will issue a Request for Proposal (RFP) to build the Kerr St. underpass along with other infrastructure required to expand GO service on the Lakeshore West line. The winning bidder will be selected in late 2018 and will be responsible for the detailed design, planning, staging and construction of the Kerr Street underpass.

Stay connected

Return here, follow the town’s Facebook or Twitter feeds or visit Metrolinx.com/kerr.

If you have any other questions or comments, email kerr@metrolinx.com.

Background Information – Environmental study report 2009

The town has completed a Class Environmental Assessment for Kerr Street grade separation from Speers Road to North of the QEW bridge. Review a copy of the final report for the Kerr Street Grade Separation at CNR Tracks Class Environmental Study Report (pdf)

Appendixes

Appendix A – Minutes and Correspondence (pdf)
Appendix B – Public Consultation (pdf)
Appendix C – Natural Environment Review (pdf)
Appendix D – Noise Analysis (pdf)
Appendix E – Geotechnical Report (pdf)
Appendix F – Built Heritage Review (pdf)
Appendix G – Archaeology Review (pdf)

Oakville named ‘Best Place to Live in Canada’ by MoneySense Magazine

Town gets high marks for access to education, a good job market and a welcoming place for new Canadians

In a ranking of 415 cities, towns and villages, MoneySense Magazine has named the Town of Oakville as the best place to live in Canada. The online magazine’s rankings are based on the economy, affordability, safety and culture of each municipality, as well as access to health care services, transit and schools.

“Council is extremely proud our town is being recognized on the national stage,” said Mayor Rob Burton. “Being named the No. 1 Best Place to Live in Canada is an honour we – residents, town staff and Council – have truly earned together as a community.”

This makes five years in a row that Oakville has made it into the top 20 best places to live, and residents who call Oakville home know what makes the town such a great place in which to work, live and play. Here’s why MoneySense says Oakville takes the top spot:

  • Oakville residents enjoy access to Toronto’s strong job market while maintaining the benefits of a smaller town feel
  • It is prosperous, but affordable
  • It is safe, yet easy to get around
  • It has the type of weather that draws you outdoors to its numerous parks, trails and bike paths

In addition to placing first overall, Oakville scored high in a number of other categories including best city for new Canadians (first place), best city to retire (third place) and best city to raise a family (fifth place).

For more information on the services and programs that make Oakville a great community, visit our website or connect with us on Facebook or Twitter.

Towne Square Redevelopment

As part of our plan to revitalize Oakville’s historic downtown, the town is redesigning Towne Square, a small but unique public space located at 210 Lakeshore Road. 

Towne Square is an important space for the business community and residents. Building on the work done on the downtown streetscape design, a new design for Towne Square will enhance the vibrancy of the neighbourhood and provide more opportunities for public events.

Help us redesign Towne Square

New public feedback options!

Drop by our tent in Towne Square to view preliminary design concepts (pdf) and share your feedback.

  • Thursday, July 19 from 6 to 8 p.m.
  • Saturday, July 21 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Tuesday, July 24 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Please note: Although not shown in all images, a section of grass can be incorporated into all preliminary design concepts.

Image of Towne Square in downtown Oakville.

Image of Towne Square in downtown Oakville.

Public Consultation Meeting – June 28, 2018

NAK Design, the consulting firm hired by the town to work on the Town Square redevelopment project, presented preliminary design concepts at a public meeting held at the Oakville Club.

Plans/design concepts

Towne Square Public Meeting Panels – June 28, 2018 (pdf)
Concept Drawings (pdf)
Comment Sheet (pdf)

For more information

ServiceOakville
tel: 905-845-6601
TTY: 905-338-4200
service@oakville.ca

Oakville boutique celebrates all things ‘Made in Canada’

Learn a new skill and go home with something handmade this summer

When isn’t Dove + Arrow boutique (131 Lakeshore Road East) hosting experiential pop-up events? This summer is no exception, for the months of July and August, in addition to shopping for quality handmade goods, the space will open its doors to DIY enthusiasts looking for fun and interactive experiences right in the heart of downtown Oakville.

When the boutique opened last year, “I wanted to help people who are making things in Ontario connect with the community,” says owner, Iva Ouzonova.  To that end, her mission has since the beginning been to support local makers and make it easy for people who love to shop local to do so year-round.

Dove + Arrow is dedicated exclusively to handmade in Canada. From unique jewellery to small housewares, apothecary to prints and stationery, it is a thoughtfully curated collection of beautifully crafted wares from across the country.

Specializing in gifts and gift boxes – both pre-selected and custom-made, and DIY experiential workshops – Dove + Arrow is a great place to get a housewarming or bridesmaid gift, a unique souvenir, or something for that hard-to-shop-for someone.

What’s more this summer, you can stop by to shop, enjoy treats, learn a new skill, and go home with something handmade.

Confirmed schedule for July:

JUL 5 Thu 6:30 PM: Custom Make 2 Mala Bracelets
JUL 6 Fri 6:30 PM: Hand Stamp Your Own Cuff Bracelet
JUL 13 Fri 6:00 PM: Midnight Madness in Downtown Oakville
JUL 15 Sun 10:30 AM: Paint Your Own Furniture (Fusion Paint)
JUL 20 Fri 6:30 PM: Custom Lettering on Wood Plank
JUL 21 Sat 9:30 AM: Create a Farm House Clock
JUL 27 Fri 6:30 PM: Essential Oils 101

Limited spaces available for workshops. All prices include material. Reservations can be made online at www.doveandarrowshop.com.

August schedule will be released soon.

New Animal Control By-law, effective June 4, 2018

The town has updated its animal control by-law. In March 2017, town staff held a public consultation meeting to discuss various topics relating to animal control, licensing, standards of care, protective care and enforcement. Staff presented a report and draft by-law to the Community Services Committee on January 22, 2018 and to Council on January 29, 2018. Council requested staff to amend the proposed by-law and to report back in March 2018. Council approved the by-law in April 2018.

Animal control services

Animal control services, including the enforcement of the animal control by-law, are provided by the Oakville & Milton Humane Society. Animal control services include:

  • Pick up of stray animals
  • Removal of dead wildlife on town property including town roads
  • Removal of dead animals on regional roads
  • Enforcement of leash requirements
  • Investigating animal welfare concerns
  • Responding to biting and aggressive dog concerns