Lowell Avenue Reconstruction


The City of St. Catharines is reconstruction Lowell Avenue between Thomas Street and Lake Street.

Prior to construction the City studied ways to deal with a deteriorating roadway and drainage issues on Lowell Avenue, from Thomas Street to Lake Street. The purpose of this study was to review and recommend improvements to Lowell Avenue and mitigate any negative environment impacts.

The study evaluated different drainage and transportation improvements along Lowell Avenue. Alternative routes for the new sidewalks, sanitary sewer and watermain locations were investigated for the future roadway.

Project Number: P15-065

Construction Area: Lowell Avenue from Thomas Street to Lake Street

Estimated start date: April 11, 2018

Construction duration: approximately five months with top layer of asphalt in 2019 

The Process


This project is following the requirements as set out in the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment process. As such, the study will:

  • identify and define the problem,
  • consider and evaluate alternatives, and
  • identify ways to reduce any potentially unfavourable outcomes.

This will all be done while providing regulatory agencies, stakeholders and members of the public with the opportunity to provide their input. City Staff will weigh many factors to help identify the best solution. Your input is both important and critical to the project's success. 


Please get involved.

All submissions will be documented, reviewed and included in the public record. Information is collected in accordance with the Municipal Freedom of Information Act and the Environmental Assessment Act. With the exception of personal information, all comments will be part of the public record.

What we are Doing

  • Replacing the existing roadway including curbs
  • Replacing the existing narrow sidewalks with wider sidewalks to meet current legislation.
  • Moving and or adding catchbasins to the existing storm sewer to improve drainage
  • Replacing the existing Cast Iron (CI) watermain
  • Replacing the existing sanitary sewer.
  • Following construction the roadway traffic will be converted to One Way on Lowell Avenue from Lake Street to Thomas Street.
  • A parking lane will be constructed on the north side of the road.

During Construction

Every effort will be made to maintain access to abutting properties and minimized inconvenience to residents, businesses and pedestrians.  A construction inspector from Kerry T. Howe representing the City will be present on site during construction and can be contacted on site for information.

In order to protect construction workers and the public, and to complete the work in a safe and timely manner, temporary detours and road closures may be required during certain construction operations.  These detours and closures will be minimized as much as possible.  The contractor will provide traffic control personnel, it can be expected that traffic may be unavoidably congested at times.  The contractor will co-oordinate access of Emergency Services to all properties throughout construction.

Although the contractor is required to provide safe pedestrian access, and care should be exercised when walking through the construction zone.

The Contractor has been asked to allow for parking as much as practical during construction.  Due to the scope of work involved, on-street parking will be restricted during various stages of construction, and on-street parking will not be possible along Lowell Avenue during work hours in the construction zone.  Residents are requested to please park in their driveways where possible, or find alternative parking on adjacent streets when required during construction.

Parking Limitations During Construction

The work on Lowell Avenue will require us to limit parking during some stages. Unfortunately, this is unavoidable due to the nature of the work, as crews need room to dig and bring materials in and out of the site safely. However, we will be implementing a new notification process to make it easier for residents to know when they can / cannot park their vehicles on the road. 

Crews will be placing traffic barrels on the sidewalk each night to indicate where they will be working the following day. Residents will not be able to park vehicles in front of traffic barrels during working hours (typically Monday to Friday 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.).  If there isn’t a traffic barrel on the sidewalk you can park vehicles in that area of the road.

If you are pushing a stroller or use a mobility device we encourage you to use the sidewalk on the south side of the road as it will be without traffic barrels.

Parking restrictions are only in place between the hours of 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. With the exception of when the curbs and sidewalk are poured, residents will be allowed to park in their driveways overnight and on weekends for the duration of the project. 

If you need parking while construction takes place we encourage you to park on the road in an adjacent neighbourhood or in the Haig Bowl Arena parking lot.

To meet construction deadlines, crews must be able to begin each day with the road clear of vehicles from their work zone. If crews have to wait for vehicles to be moved from the work zone it creates delays, which may push back the completion date of the entire project.

If you have accessibility concerns please with speak with the contractor or contact the City

Garbage & Recycling Collection during Construction

As a result of the proposed construction on your street, it may at times be difficult for the garbage collection and recycling vehicles to collect your waste.  Therefore, until the construction work is completed to a point where vehicles may travel safely in your area at their normal collection time, we are requesting that the garbage and recycling be placed out for collection by 6:30am or alternatively the evening before your scheduled day.


The garbage and recycling trucks will be dispatched regularly, however if there is no access to pick-up the waste in front of your property due to construction, the construction crews may relocate the garbage to a more convenient are for pick up before starting work each morning.  The City and Contractor thank residents for their cooperation in this regard.

Study Area

 Lowell Avenue Site Map

Survey Results

Survey Results and Project Update - January 2017

If you have concerns and suggestions, please contact us. 


Past Information Centre

Project Information and Resources


Contact Us


Mr. Scott Kozub, P.Eng.

Project Manager

Kerry T. Howe Engineering Ltd.

98 Church Street, P.O. Box 460

St. Catharines, On L2R 6V9

Tel.: (905) 688-6550 ext. 227

Fax: (905) 687-7207

Email: skozub.kth@cogeco.net

Ms. Samantha Downing, P. Eng.

Project Manager

City of St. Catharines

50 Church Street P.O. Box 3012

St. Catharines, ON L2R 7C2

Tel.: (905) 688-5601 ext. 1610

Fax: (905) 641-4450

Email: sdowning@stcatharines.ca


All submissions will be documented, reviewed and included in the public record





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