Traffic snarls coming to train bridge on St. Catharines main roadway


Published December 19, 2022 at 11:24 am

The tiny St. Paul St. West bridge between Pelham Road and Louth St. will be under construction from Wednesday well into 2023.

Things are about to get congested on St. Paul St. West in St. Catharines as the tiny train bridge undergoes reconstruction.

The bridge, just east of the Esso station, will be shut down to one lane starting this Wednesday (December 21) while it is being repaired. The project does not have an end date from the region beyond “2023.”

A temporary traffic signal will be placed on both the east and west sides of the bridge to allow for a smoother transition to a single lane of traffic on the bridge.

All businesses in the affected area remain open. Load restrictions will be in place for this bridge and all trucks (with the exception of emergency vehicles) must use a posted detour route.

While St. Paul Street West between Pelham Road and Louth Street will remain open, a detour will be in place:

  • Pelham Road to Louth Street
  • Great Western Street will be temporarily converted to one-way traffic northbound

The St. Paul Street West Bridge is scheduled for replacement in 2023 with construction activities anticipated to begin in the spring-summer of 2023. The detour will remain in place until the construction of the new bridge is complete.

The regional Public Works department said, “Recent bridge inspections have revealed increased deterioration of the existing bridge.”

“By reducing traffic to one lane, Niagara Region can extend the life of the bridge and ensure that the bridge remains open for vehicle and pedestrian traffic while lessening the negative impacts of heavy vehicle loads on the bridge. The bridge remains safe for vehicle and pedestrian use.”

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