Ontario Street Grand Bend Construction

About the Project

The construction project taking place along the Ontario Street North corridor in Grand Bend aims at reducing congestion and improving traffic flow through Grand Bend.

Improvements to the Ontario Street North corridor were identified through the Ministry of Transportation's Class Environmental Assessment, which determined that the current intersection and traffic signalization was insufficient to handle the traffic volumes that occur during peak periods.

The construction project consists of two phases:

  • The first phase of the project is the Ontario Street North Reconstruction (currently underway) and involves the completion of important utility replacements within the corridor
  • The second phase of the project is the replacement and widening of the Ontario Street bridge, which will address the ongoing traffic congestion problems along the Ontario Street corridor in Grand Bend
Ontario Street North Grand Bend Corridor construction project
Project Timeline

The first phase of the project is scheduled to finish this November, 2022.

The second phase of the construction project (bridge replacement and widening) is scheduled to begin Spring 2023. This phase is expected to take two years to complete, with an anticipated completion date in 2025. Construction will pause during summer seasons.

Like all construction projects, delays are expected during peak construction periods. The project team is committed to providing ongoing communication about the project to alleviate the impact of construction as much as possible.

Project Funding

In 2019, the Municipality of Lambton Shores received $1,075,651 from Ontario's Ministry of Transportation (MTO). Following this funding announcement, the Ontario government announced further funding in 2021 through the Connecting Links Program, which provides funding for the design, construction, renewal, rehabilitation, and replacement of municipal roads and bridges. As part of that funding announcement, the Municipality of Lambton Shores will receive up to $4,853,952 in funding to support the replacement and widening of the Ontario Street bridge in Grand Bend.

A look at what's to come...

Rendering: Lane Configurations

The addition of traffic lanes will help relieve traffic congestion at the intersection of Highway 21 (Ontario Street) and Main Street, especially during the increased traffic in the summer months.

Rendering: Multi-Use Path

With a focus on active transportation and walkability, the project will include the addition of multi-use paths on either side of Ontario Street.

Support Local Business

Local businesses operating year-round in the area are still open and need our support. Whether you live, work, or visit the area, your support for local business goes a long way - especially during a construction project of this scale.


Updates from the Project Team

Phase 1 Project Updates
Fall Update 3: Friday, September 16, 2022

Construction work is continuing to make good progress. This project is funded in partnership by the Municipality of Lambton Shores, Municipality of South Huron, and the Ontario Ministry of Transportation Connecting Links program. The project benefits all partners by improving infrastructure that serves the local municipalities and renewing a regional transportation corridor that is an important link along Lake Huron.

Week of September 12th work completed: Sewer bypass, Trunk Sanitary Sewer re-start north of Oak Street and jack and bore sanitary sewer works ongoing within South Huron.

Week of September 19th work planned: Sanitary Trunk Sewer on Ontario Street and continuing jack and bore sewer works within South Huron.

Traffic impacts: Ontario Street North lane reductions north of Oak Street.

Fall Update 2: Friday, September 9, 2022

Construction work was back in full swing this week as crews continue to make progress on replacing important infrastructure. Please continue to drive carefully through construction zones and observe and obey construction signage.

Week of September 5th work completed: Temporary roadway lanes, milling existing northbound lanes, watermain preparation at Oak St/Hwy 21, and jack and bore sanitary sewer works ongoing within South Huron.

Week of September 12th work planned: Sanitary Trunk Sewer on Ontario Street and continuing jack and bore sewer works within South Huron.

 

Fall Update 1: Friday, September 2, 2022

The Ontario Street North Reconstruction project will be starting up again next week within the Grand Bend limits. The project team is looking forward to a busy fall construction schedule in order to complete this project.

We appreciate the community's patience during this project and wish to remind the public to please exercise caution in and around construction sites.

We hope everyone had an enjoyable summer.

Week of September 5th work planned: Temporary roadway lanes, milling existing northbound lanes, watermain preparation at Oak Street/Highway 21, jack and bore sanitary sewer works within South Huron, and traffic layout and bypass works for sanitary sewer works in Lambton Shores.

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