Port Dalhousie Piers Rehabilitation

The Port Dalhousie Piers and Harbour rehabilitation is a project of the Federal government, and comes thanks to investment of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans.

Project Update:

This spring, rehabilitation work on the piers at Port Dalhousie shut down temporarily due to Provincial guidelines and efforts in combating the spread of COVID-19.

At the beginning of May, rehabilitation work was able to restart, incorporating an enhanced site-specific health and safety plan in accordance with Provincial guidance for the safety of its employees.

As a result of the temporary shutdown, the the timeline for reopening is still being evaluated. Once completed, the west pier and Lakeside parking lot will be fully re-opened to the public.

Over the coming months, Bronte Construction will be reducing the size of the fenced construction yard that has been set up in Lakeside Park and the parking lot.  This will provide additional parking spots for the public over the summer months.

Construction work on-site will be focused on securing the newly installed steel sheet pile wall on the east and west piers with the installation of tie-rods and walers and the pouring of the new concrete decks. Priority will be given to completing the work on the west pier.

The Port Dalhousie Rehabilitation Project is still on track to be completed by March 31, 2021.

The construction site remains off limits to the general public. 

Project Background:

The Port Dalhousie Piers, first constructed at the terminus of the second Welland Canal, extend the mouth of Port Dalhousie harbour on both the east and west banks. The piers, along with the small craft facility at Port Dalhousie, are owned by the Canadian Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO), with the City of St. Catharines leasing the piers.

In the spring of 2015 the piers were closed by the DFO due to safety concerns, with the City of St. Catharines and DFO initiating efforts to rehabilitate the structures and examine their long-term use.

The piers consist of timber cribs filled with rock, and finished with concrete. Since 1990, and before the current closure / reconstruction effort, the DFO has spent nearly $2 million at Port Dalhousie, including about $1.5 million between 1992 and 1994 to address structural deficiencies.

Port Dalhousie Piers Rehabilitation Project:

After extensive study into the environmental impacts of rehabilitation, and examination of possible repair methods, the DFO awarded Bronte Construction of Oakville a $26.3-million contract for repair of the piers.

The City of St. Catharines has agreed to take ownership of the Port Dalhousie Piers and Harbour assets once they have been rehabilitated by the DFO.

The majority of the repair work involves rehabilitating the east and west piers, but also includes the Lakeside Park wharf; the southwest wall in front of the former Royal Canadian Legion; and, the south east wall south of the Port Dalhousie Yacht Club building.

The majority of the structures are being encapsulated with a new steel sheet pile structure. Some sections at the outer end of the piers and the southeast wall structure will be rehabilitated with a rock berm. 

Under the guidance of the DFO, construction began in early 2019, with a targeted completion date of March 2021.

The Port Dalhousie piers will be divested to the City of St. Catharines once repairs are completed.

Port Dalhousie Piers Rehabilitation Project detailed design drawings

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