Leeper Street and McDonald Street Watermain and Sewer Work

The City of St. Catharines is proposing to carry out watermain and sewer improvements on Leeper Street and McDonald Street. Work is proposed to  begin in June 2017 and is expected to last 25 weeks. Full details on the project are listed below. 

The project is being planning in accordance with Schedule "A+" of the Municipal Engineers Association (MEA) Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (Class EA) guidelines (October 2000, as amended in 2007 and 2011)m which is approved under the Ontario Environmental Assessment Act.

Project Overview

Project Number: P17-001 Leeper Street and McDonald Street

Construction Area
Leeper Street between St. Paul Street West and Ridley Road; 
McDonald Street between St. Paul Street West and Rykert Street.

Estimated start date: June 2017

Construction duration: up to 25 weeks

Project Contacts

Consultant Contact

Name:   Mr. Adam Keane, P.Eng.

Title:     Engineering/Project Manager, Upper Canada Consultants

Phone:   (905) 688-9400

Email:   adam@ucc.com

City Contact

Name:   Mr. James Denham, P. Eng.

Title:     Project Manager

Phone:   (905) 688-5601 ext. 1608

Email:   jdenham@stcatharines.ca

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, March 8, 2017
  • 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
  • Seymour-Hannah Arena Complex, in the Sean Jackson Room
  • 240 St. Paul Street  West

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


  • Replacing the watermain on Leeper Street between St. Paul Street West and Hamilton Street;
  • Replacing the sanitary sewer on Leeper Street between St. Paul Street West and Rykert Street;
  • Installing new storm sewers on Leeper Street between 45 Leeper Street and Rykert Street.


  • Replacing the watermain on McDonald Street between Ridley Road and Permilla Street;
  • Installing new storm sewers on McDonald Street between St. Paul Street West and Ridley Road.

Leeper McDonald Construction Area

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.
  • If possible we recommend taking routes which do not involve Leeper Street and/or McDonald Street.


  • 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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