Downtown St. Catharines 2-way Conversion Project

Starting in the summer of 2018, Niagara Region and the City of St. Catharines will begin road construction activities along Church St., Geneva St. and Niagara St. to improve traffic flow and wayfinding through a portion of downtown St. Catharines. The project will take place over two construction seasons in 2018 and 2019.

In 2018, the one-way section of Church St. from King St. to Niagara St. will be rebuilt and converted to two-way traffic. Once construction is completed, Church St. will be converted to two-way traffic from Niagara St. to Court St.

A portion of Niagara St. will also be rehabilitated and will remain as one-way. A portion of Geneva St. will be reconstructed and remain as two-way.

In 2019, this road reconstruction project will remove Niagara St. from the five-point intersection where St. Paul St. meets Geneva St., Queenston St. and Niagara St., and realign it with Centre St.

At the same time, portions of St. Paul St., Queenston St. and Geneva St. adjacent to the intersection will be reconstructed. Queenston St. will be converted to two-way traffic.

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 St. and sections of other nearby streets.

Two-way traffic is intended to:

  • Make downtown streets friendlier for everyone
  • Be easier to navigate
  • Be safer for motorists, pedestrians and cyclists by naturally slowing traffic speeds
  • Reduce congestion and improve traffic flow

Project Timeline

june / july 2018
Construction Starts

fall 2018
Construction Ends


Cam Milne
905-980-6000 ext. 3437
Email Cam Milne

Local Business Remains Open

Businesses will remain open during construction. Temporary sidewalk closures may happen from time-to-time, but pedestrian access to business will be maintained at all times.

Expected Traffic Delays

Church St., Geneva St. and Niagara St. will be kept open to through traffic. However, there will be temporary lane restrictions which will result in delays. Residents can avoid delays by using alternate routes.

On-street Parking

During road reconstruction, on-street parking on Niagara St. may be temporarily unavailable at times. On-street parking will still be available on Niagara St. in the area of Church St.

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