Downtown St. Catharines – in Niagara’s largest municipality – going more ‘Pedestrian Friendly’

News from the City of St. Catharines in Niagara, Ontario

Posted September 7th, 2017 on Niagara At Large

Niagara, Ontario – Visitors to downtown St. Catharines’ St. Paul Street will soon notice a more ‘pedestrian friendly’ main road at the east end of downtown.

St. Paul Street road construction wraps up this week and the road will re-open to vehicular traffic Friday, Sept. 8. St. Paul Street between Carlisle and James streets has been under construction and closed to vehicles since May.

Sidewalks widened significantly on a stretch of St. Paul Street between Carlisle and James Street in heart of downtown. Photo by Doug Draper

Among the enhancements making the road more accessible and pedestrian-friendly are the new, wider sidewalks and the pedestrian crossover at Garden Park, a new crossing where vehicles are required to stop and wait for pedestrians to completely cross the road.

“We are all very excited to finish our makeover for St. Paul Street,” said Mike DiPaola, the City’s design and construction engineer working on the project.

“These improvements will help residents to enjoy downtown. With the Meridian Centre, the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre and other private investments bringing more people downtown these improvements will help everyone move through St. Paul Street more easily.”

Chain-link fencing about to come down as sidewalk work finishes. Photo by Doug Draper

The left-turning lanes from St. Paul Street to Carlisle Street were also removed to permit the widening of the sidewalks. Other road improvements include new street lighting and traffic signals, a fresh layer of asphalt, new concrete curbs and gutters, line painting and other street-scape elements, such as large concrete planters.

While the majority of work is complete and the road will remain open, there may be a need for temporary lane closures from time-to-time over the next month for landscaping and other finishing touches, such as installing the flashers at the pedestrian crossover.

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