ST. CATHARINES, ONT. — The federal government has announced that Bronte Construction of Oakville, Ont. has been awarded a $26.3-million contract to restore the Port Dalhousie Piers in St. Catharines, Ont.
Bronte said in a recent statement it would begin mobilization work at the site on Lake Ontario immediately. Construction will start in early 2019 and be completed by March 2021, said the constructor.
The Port Dalhousie piers will be divested to the City of St. Catharines once repairs are complete.
Portions of the piers have been closed in the interest of public safety since 2015, when significant damage was discovered to the substructures of both the east and west piers. The repair work will allow pedestrian access and vessels to moor along the piers, restoring full access to the site.
Rehabilitation activities will include enclosing the existing wharves’ timber support structure with new steel sheet piling and rock as well as replacing the concrete decks.
The federal investment will be under the mandate of the Small Craft Harbours Program.
“We have been working diligently for the past three years to safely reopen the Port Dalhousie Piers. This investment will preserve a piece of Canada’s history that is also of critical importance to the economy in Ontario and the Niagara region,” commented Jonathan Wilkinson, minister of fisheries, oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, in the statement.
“The piers play a vital role in our community and it is important that they are restored so they can be enjoyed for generations to come. I look forward to the next stage of the rehabilitation process beginning in early 2019,” said Chris Bittle, St. Catharines MP.