Ball Avenue West  

The City of St. Catharines is proposing to install a new culvert adjacent to the existing bridge structure. Ball Avenue West will be realigned over the new culvert.

Project Overview

Project Number: P16-122

Construction Area:  Ball Avenue West and Merritt Street intersection

Estimated start date: 2017

Construction duration:  To be established

Project Contacts

City Contact

Name:  Mike DiPaola, P.Eng.

Title:    Design & Construction Engineer

Phone:  905.688.5601 ext. 1668


Consultant Contact

Name:  Duane VanGeest, P.Eng.

Title:    Project Manager, ELLIS Engineering Inc.

Phone:  905.934-9049


Give Feedback

Your feedback could be incorporated into the final project plan and tender process. If you have concerns and suggestions, please let us know

Come to our Public Information Session

  • Wednesday, April 26th, 2017
  • 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
  • City of St. Catharines Fire Station #4
  • 427 Merritt Street

    *Note parking is available at the back of the Fire Station, however, access to the building is provided through the front doors only.

    If you can't make the Public Information Session and have question or comments please email one of the project contacts.

What We're Doing

Ball Avenue West

  • Installing a new culvert adjacent to the existing bridge
  • Realigning Ball Avenue West over the new culvert; the realigned roadway will result in a minor relocation of Merritt Street and Ball Avenue West intersection; New curbs and sidewalks will be constructed as part of the relocated roadway and intersection
  • The existing slab on concrete girder bridge will be maintained as a pedestrian walkway;
  • The steel beam guiderail on Merritt Street across the road from Ball Avenue West will be removed and replaced with a new steel beam guiderail with proper end treatment; A new sidewalk will be constructed to allow access to homes behind the guiderail

Site Location

 Ball Avenue West Site Location


How The Work Will Affect You

Your Property

  • Damage to boulevards and/or driveway aprons due to construction will be restored once the project is complete.
  • If your boulevard or driveway is damaged during construction and is not restored, please contact us.
  • A pre-construction inspection will be conducted on all properties directly abutting the proposed work area to determine the current condition of the buildings. This inspection is NOT performed by City staff, but by a company that specializes in this type of work.  The pre-construction inspector will contact you directly prior to the start of construction in order for you to provide them with your approval to enter your property to complete the inspection. This information is then used to determine the extent of the contractor's responsibility in the unlikely event that your property is damaged during construction.


  • Best efforts will be made to allow access to homes and business at all times. However, there may be minor interruptions from time to time.


  • Best efforts will be made to maintain sidewalks at all times.
  • Please contact us ASAP if you have specific accessibility requirements or concerns.

Water Shut Off

  • At points during construction, your water service will need to be shut off. This has to be done in order for crews to install new water mains and/or service lines.
  • You will be notified in advance of all planned water shut offs.
  • There is also the possibility for emergency unplanned water shut offs. These can happen when watermains burst or when service lines are ruptured. Crews will restore your water service as quickly as possible during these circumstances.
  • For both planned and unplanned water shut offs, once water service is restored we recommend running a cold water tap for 5 minutes prior to drinking tap water.
  • Given that water shut offs will happen during the construction period we recommend keeping a 72- hour supply of water available in case of emergency.

Next Steps

Residents in the area will be notified again prior to the start of construction to advise them about the project contractor, when construction is actually expected to begin and for how long. You will also be provided contact information for the on-site inspector should you have any questions or concerns during construction.
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