Fairview Avenue Reconstruction Project - Elm Street to Southdale LineFairview Avenue before pictures

The City of St. Thomas has prioritized replacement of aging infrastructure and traffic capacity enhancements on Fairview Avenue from Elm Street to Southdale Line for 2021.  Fairview Avenue will be widened from two to three lanes.  The new road will mirror the three lane sections of Elm Street from Sunset Drive to First Avenue.  Roundabouts will be constructed at Bill Martyn Parkway/Southgate Parkway and Southdale Line.  A new traffic signal will be installed at Axford Parkway.  A new multi-use trail will be constructed on the west side of Fairview Avenue from the existing pedestrian crossover on Fairview Avenue near Doug Tarry Sports Complex to Axford Parkway.

During construction, the road will be closed to through traffic, but will remain open to local traffic.

Please visit this webpage frequently as updates will be posted regularly during construction.

A drawing showing the project details can be viewed at the following link:  Project Overview Drawings.

Fairview Avenue Project Overview Thumbnail
Project Overview

Work Involved

  • Replace aging sewer pipes and watermain
  • Address traffic capacity to handle the increased traffic from new developments
  • Widen the roadway to a three lane cross section with a centre two-way left turn lane
  • Replace existing asphalt and update the roadway to an urban cross section with curbs
  • Improve cyclist and pedestrian safety with new sidewalks, multi-use pathways and bike lanes
  • Replace existing all-way stop with traffic signals at Fairview Avenue and Axford Parkway
  • Install roundabouts at Fairview Avenue and Southdale Line and at Fairview Avenue and Southgate/Bill Martyn Parkway
  • Provide a pedestrian crossing signal (PXO) at Airey Avenue
For more details please refer to the Project Overview Drawings

Fairview Avenue Cross Section

Construction Schedule

Phase 1:  Southdale Line to Axford Parkway
Schedule:  March - July 2021
Phase 1 consists of the drainage improvements, road reconstruction and roundabout installation at Southgate/Bill Martyn Parkway.

Phase 1A:  Southdale Line Roundabout Construction
Schedule:  6 weeks (max duration) within March - July 2001
Phase 1A consists of all the work at the intersection of Southdale Line and Fairview Avenue.  Duration is limited to ensure traffic flow on Southdale Line is affected as little as possible.

Phase 2:  Axford Parkway to Elm Street
Schedule:  March (concurrently with Phase 1) - October 2021
Phase 2 consists of deep sewer installation, watermain, roadwork, traffic signals and restoration.
Fairview Avenue Phasing graphic


Public Information Centre
A public information Centre was held on Tuesday, February 2, 2021 at 6:00 pm using the online meeting platform Zoom.

A link to the presentation can be found here:  21001_Fairview PIC Presentation. pdf
A video recording of the meeting is available at this link:  Fairview Avenue PIC Meeting - Video

  • November 13th, 2020 Design Notice.
  • November 25th, 2020:  Some minor utility work has already occurred including relocating of existing street lights from the west to the east hydro poles.  Additional utility work generally involving existing hydro pole relocations will be occurring at various times ahead of the spring construction start.
  • January 11, 2021 Public Information Centre Notice
  • February 23, 2021 - The Project was awarded to PV-EX Construction Ltd. of London Ontario, at the February 1, 2021 Council Meeting. PV-EX is anticipating a construction start during the week of March 16, weather permitting. The initial phase of construction will consist of the section of Fairview Avenue from Southdale Line to Caldwell Street. Planned removals of trees in conflict with the new roadwork are underway. Utility companies will be on site location buried utilities with paint marks and flags before construction begins.
  • March 1, 2021 - Fairview Avenue Construction is expected to begin during the week of March 22, 2021.  Over the next few weeks , expect to see utility locates, Hydro One work, tree removals and construction signs.
  • March 31, 2021 - Construction Update #2
     - Construction is underway on Fairview Avenue! On April 7, the contractor plans to pulverize the roadway from Axford Parkway to Caldwell Street in preparation for sewer installation.
  • April 9, 2021 - Construction Update #3  - Southdale Line will be closed from Bill Martyn Parkway to Penhale Avenue for 6 weeks starting on Tuesday, April 20, 2021 for the construction of the Southdale Line Roundabout.  Art features were approved by Council for both the roundabout at Southgate Parkway and at Southdale Line.  A sneak peek of the proposed art can be seen Here.
  • April 29, 2021 - Construction Update #4   - Construction is progressing quickly on Fairview!  The contractor has begun deep sanitary  sewer installation in Phase 2, north of Axford Parkway.  Please see the attached construction update for more information.
  • May 7, 2021 - Construction Update #5   - Curb construction is expected this coming week for Fairview Avenue South of Axford Parkway.  Please see attached construction update for what to expect next week.
  • May 19, 2021 - Construction Update #6   - Things are moving rapidly on the Fairview Avenue Construction Project!  Fairview Avenue will be pulverized from Caldwell Street to Elm Street tomorrow.  Please see the attached construction update for what to expect next week.
  • June 1, 2021 - Construction Update #7 - Construction on Phase 2 of the Fairview Avenue Construction project (Caldwell Street to Elm Street) has begun!  Phase 1 will be wrapping up and the Southdale Line roundabout is expected to open next week.  Please see the attached construction update for further information.
  • June 7, 2021 - The City of St. Thomas is excited to announce the opening of the Southdale Line Roundabout!  Southdale line will be open early Tuesday June 8, 2021.  Fairview Avenue north of Southdale Line to Axford Parkway is anticipated to open in July.Southdale line/Fairview Ave Roundabout
  • June 17, 2021 - Construction Update #8  - Construction is progressing quickly on Fairview Avenue!  The contractor has begun deep sanitary sewer installation in Phase 2, south of Elm Street.  Please see the attached construction update.
  • July 14, 2021 - Construction Update #9 - We are over halfway done the construction of Fairview Avenue!  The contractor has nearly completed deep sanitary installation in Phase 2, south of Elm Street.  Please see the attached construction update.
  • August 12, 2021 - Construction Update #10 - Please see the attached construction update for details.
  • August 27, 2021 - Construction Update #11 - Please see the attached construction update for details.
  • September 24, 2021 - Construction Update #12 - Please see the attached construction update for details.

    Michael Brix is the City's new Project Manager for the Fairview Avenue Construction Project.  For email updates for this project, please sent a note to  [email protected]
How the Work Affects You
During Construction Fairview Avenue will be closed to through traffic, open to local only.  Local traffic is considered residents with driveways on Fairview Avenue only.  During Phase 1, a detour is provided on Southdale Line, Centennial Avenue and Elm Street as shown in the figure below.

Fairview Avenue Detour Map

Access to St. Jospeh's/Fanshawe College/Doug Tarry Sports Complex and Faith Baptist Church are encourage to use Southdale and/or Bill Martyn Parkway as applicable.

Access to St. Joseph's High School parking lot entrance will be maintained during construction via Axford Parkway and Fairview Avenue. See below for further details.

Fairview Avenue Access Map

Driveway Access:   Access to your driveway will be generally maintained through construction.  There will be times (sewer being installed in front of residence/concrete curb/sidewalk being poured/line markings being painted) when access to your driveway will be restricted.  You will receive a door hangar 24h in advance of when your driveway will be restricted.  Large deliveries/moving trucks etc. can be coordinated in advance through the City's on-site representative.  See Project Contacts below.

Parking:  On street parking will be permitted within the limits of construction during the project outside of work hours, vehicles must be out of the construction site prior to 7am each morning.  During times when your driveway access is restricted you may park on adjacent side streets.  Please contact us if parking on a side street is not feasible (i.e. mobility impacted).

Water impacts:  Water service will generally be maintained throughout the project.  There will be periods of time when connections are made to the new system that water will not be available.  You will receive 24h advance notice of this work.  Water is generally not available for an 8h duration when these connections are being made.

Vibration:  Construction equipment can cause vibrations.  Please ensure you protect any valuables susceptible to damage.

Private Sprinkler Systems,  Landscaping or Fencing:  Please remove all items on City property in advance of construction.  It is likely that these items will conflict with the new road.  To determine whether or not your items are on City property, please contact the City's Project Manager.

Garbage/Recycling Collection:  Access for garbage/recycling collection will be maintained when possible.  In the event there is a disruption, the contractor will pick up your garbage (where you usually leave it) and move it to a location it can be picked up at.  Please mark your municipal address on all your containers so they can be returned. 

Sod:  The contractor will water and maintain all new sod for 60 days following placement.  After 60 days the sod maintenance and water becomes your responsibility as it was prior to construction.  A door knocker will be placed on your door to notify you of when it is your turn to look after the sod.

Safety:  Stay safe and avoid the work during construction.  Maintain a safe distance from construction vehicles entering and leaving the site.

Tree Impacts:  Some trees will be affected by the work.  The City of St. Thomas makes every attempt to keep healthy trees within the City right-of-way.  Trees that are removed will be replaced with new trees by City Parks and Forestry in the spring following the construction project.  The type and final location  of the tree will be determined by the City Arborist in consultation with the affected property owners.

For Further questions see our Frequently Asked Questions page.
Project Contacts
Michael Brix
Project Technologist
519-631-1680 ext. 4179
[email protected]