Welcome to the project page for the Main Street Reconstruction in Chippawa! This Let's Talk page is intended to provide residents, homeowners, business owners, and visitors to the area with an overview of the reconstruction work, additional resources, and the opportunity to connect with the project team.

Scope of Work

This project includes the full reconstruction of Main Street from Willoughby Drive to Sodom Road and the following work:

  • replacement of the storm and sanitary sewers, including laterals to homes and businesses with cleanouts at the property line;
  • new road granular base;
  • base and top asphalt;
  • curbs and sidewalks;
  • removal of on-street parking, and
  • the addition of bicycle lanes within the roadway.

Stage 1 Progress Update: December 20, 2023

Rankin Construction Inc. will be shutting down construction operations for the winter season as of December 22, 2023. Any final restoration that can not be completed due to cold weather and material availability (i.e. sod restoration) will commence when weather permits and materials are available in 2024.

Stage 1 Progress Updates: December 13, 2023

Road Asphalt is tentatively scheduled for Thursday, December 14, 2023. - Completed

Pouring of the concrete curbs on the northwest side of Main Street between Dock Street and Willoughby Drive is tentatively scheduled for Saturday, December 9, 2023. - Completed

December 5, 2023: The Frequently Asked Questions for this project have been updated:

1. FAQ's - Typical Construction (right sidebar)

2. FAQ's - 2023 Chippawa Construction (NEW) (right sidebar)

Construction Update: November 28, 2023

The City of Niagara Falls has been working on infrastructure improvements on Main Street Chippawa between Willoughby Drive and Dock Street since June 2023 (Stage 1). Construction progress has been unreasonably slow, and we appreciate your ongoing patience and recognize the challenges endured by a longer-than-expected lane closure.

Seawaves Development Services Inc. demobilized from the site on Monday, November 27, 2023, and the remaining work in Contract 2023-519-20 will be completed under a new contract. Rankin Construction Inc. mobilized on Tuesday, November 28, 2023, to complete the Stage 1 construction work between Willoughby Drive and Dock Street as an emergency measure before winter maintenance begins. Completion of Stage 1 will be weather-dependent, with road base asphalt tentatively scheduled for December 15, 2023. Sidewalks will also be completed now, weather permitting.

Winter maintenance will be provided, as needed, and will continue up to the City takeover after hardscaping is completed and regular City maintenance will begin.

The revised tentative construction schedule on Main Street Chippawa is as follows:

Stage 1 – Willoughby Drive to Dock Street; June to December 2023

Stage 2 – Dock Street to Oliver Street; 2024 – Tender and Construction in 2024

Stage 3 – Sodom Road to Greenwood Street; 2024 - Tender and Construction in 2024

Stage 4 – Greenwood Street to Oliver Street; 2024 - Tender and Construction in 2024

Restoration timing for concrete, asphalt and sod work will be weather dependent. Any areas disturbed by the construction will be restored.

Detour Notices

The southwest-bound lane of Main Street Chippawa from Willoughby Drive to Dock Street will be closed during Stage 1 construction, tentatively scheduled from June 21, 2023, to December 2023. Businesses will remain open, and access will be available via the northeast-bound lane of Main Street Chippawa at Dock Street.

Due to the scope of the work involved, Main Street Chippawa may sometimes be limited to one side of pedestrian traffic. Driveway accessibility will be affected periodically during the sidewalk and curb construction, with every effort being made to give you advance notice as these restrictions are implemented.

Water Shutdowns

If there are unforeseen emergency water shutdowns, every effort will be made to notify you; however, notification may not always be possible. If you experience brown or discoloured water, please allow the water to run until clear. Should the water remain discoloured after continuous flow for greater than 20 minutes, please contact this Project Manager or the City's water department at 905-356-1355.

Community Engagement

  • Virtual Public Information Centre (PIC):
    • A virtual Public Information Centre ran online from July 8 to 15, 2022. Learn more about the Main Street Reconstruction Project - a video presentation and transcript are now available for viewing by request. A PDF of the video presentation is also available.
  • Contact the Project Manager:
    • Call or email the City's Project Manager, Wendy Eitzen, by phone at 905-356-7521 ext. 4337 or email at weitzen@niagarafalls.ca

Please note that information will be collected in accordance with the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. With the exception of personal information, please note all comments will become part of the public record.


The Main Street Reconstruction survey has now concluded