Church St. and Niagara St. Construction update – it’s arrived

A release from Niagara Region on some looooong awaited construction:Niagara Region and the City of St. Catharines are getting set to start construction work along Church and Niagara streets. This project will complete the city’s two-way conversion and help improve traffic flow and wayfinding through a busy, five-point intersection in downtown St. Catharines. The project will be phased over two years. The first phase will include Church Street from Niagara Street to King Street, and include adjacent portions of Geneva Street and Niagara Street. The second phase will be undertaken in 2019 and will include intersection improvement at Geneva, St.Paul, Queenston and Niagara; and will also include reconstruction of adjacent portions of those streets.As part of this year’s project the one-way section of Church Street from King Street to Niagara Street will be rebuilt and converted to two-way traffic. The sections of Niagara Street and Geneva Street adjacent to Church Street will also be rebuilt or rehabilitated.Businesses will remain open during construction though temporary sidewalk closures may happen from time-to-time. Pedestrian access to business will be maintained at all times. Church Street, Geneva Street and Niagara Street will be open to through traffic during construction. However, there will be temporary lane restrictions which will cause delays. Residents can avoid delays by using alternate routes. During road reconstruction, on-street parking on Niagara Street may be temporarily unavailable at times. On street parking will still be available on Niagara Street in the area of Church Street. Residents can learn more about the project at niagararegion.ca and can follow both Niagara Region and the City of St. Catharines social media accounts for project and traffic related updates.The City of St. Catharines has been working on its plan to convert downtown to two-way traffic since 2009 when it changed over St. Paul Street and sections of other nearby streets. Two-way traffic is intended to make downtown streets friendlier for everyone: they will be easier to navigate and safer for motorists, pedestrians and cyclists by naturally slowing traffic speeds, reducing congestion and improving traffic flow. ContactCam Milne
Senior Project Manager, Transportation Engineering, Niagara Region
905-980-6000 ext. 3437
cam.milne@niagararegion.ca