2019 Capital Budget

When Council approved the City's Operating Budget for 2019 on December 10, nearly $20 million was allocated to fund capital projects.

The City uses this budget to cover smaller, usually one-time, capital investments. These projects can range in size and include everything from bridge repair, fleet acquisition, and annual roads rehabilitation to community grants and repairs to City buildings and playgrounds. This funding pot differs from the City's larger multi-year capital program which is cost shared with the Provincial and Federal governments and used for big projects like community centres, parks and underground infrastructure like water main replacements.

While many projects on this year's list have been identified and prioritized by staff and Council, there is an opportunity to provide feedback on how the City balances its investments here for transportation and pedestrian oriented projects.

Review the materials on this page including the full project list and category breakdown of funding. Then visit the Tabs below and tell us what you think. If you have a question not addressed here, or a comment, please use the Question & Comment tool.

Engagement is open until February 26, 2019, at which point Council will review at Committee of the Whole and then vote on and approve the final list at a regular meeting.

Council approved 2019 Capital Budget on April 1, 2019


When Council approved the City's Operating Budget for 2019 on December 10, nearly $20 million was allocated to fund capital projects.

The City uses this budget to cover smaller, usually one-time, capital investments. These projects can range in size and include everything from bridge repair, fleet acquisition, and annual roads rehabilitation to community grants and repairs to City buildings and playgrounds. This funding pot differs from the City's larger multi-year capital program which is cost shared with the Provincial and Federal governments and used for big projects like community centres, parks and underground infrastructure like water main replacements.

While many projects on this year's list have been identified and prioritized by staff and Council, there is an opportunity to provide feedback on how the City balances its investments here for transportation and pedestrian oriented projects.

Review the materials on this page including the full project list and category breakdown of funding. Then visit the Tabs below and tell us what you think. If you have a question not addressed here, or a comment, please use the Question & Comment tool.

Engagement is open until February 26, 2019, at which point Council will review at Committee of the Whole and then vote on and approve the final list at a regular meeting.

Council approved 2019 Capital Budget on April 1, 2019


Do you have questions or comments about the Proposed 2019 Capital budget not addressed here? Please post it here and someone from the city will reply to you.

Q&A

  • Hey folks, thanks for this. A few questions and points: 1) As others have noted, it's a bit difficult to discern the difference between roads and traffic projects and active transportation infrastructure; a number of the road/traffic projects listed would also have some major impacts on the pedestrian or cyclist experience. Hard to provide a good answer on the balance of priorities in this framing. By and large I would say that by far the most value accrues to projects that increase access to safe active transportation - ie, both the infill sidewalk program and the traffic safety initiatives. For what it's worth, I would prioritize these over turning lanes and signal upgrades. I would also prefer the traffic safety initiatives to focus on small capital projects rather than outreach or education programs; there are many small spots where this investment would make a difference. 2) Veteran's Square: will there be a separate Engage page for this, to discuss some of the design details? In case there's not I'll offer a couple points below - I live abutting this spot and use it multiple times daily both on foot and by car. Some suggestions: a) Close the section of Bond St running between Cathedral St and Church Hill to all through traffic - it serves no purpose for traffic flow and creates a dangerous intersection; this is much better used as a public square b) Parking: the primary parking demand here is for churchgoers on Sundays; I'd love to see the design recognize that by creating public square spaces where parking is only allowed on Sundays (ie, on a closed section of Bond St or in the middle of the triangle next to Gower St Church). You could accomplish this with removable bollards, or with signage. c) The Church Hill/Queens Rd intersection only needs to be a "T" junction, which could be next to the church with both left and right turns allowed. This would allow the other lane (heading uphill to become Eastbound on Queen's) to be closed; useful traffic calming in so doing, and further shortens the mega-crosswalk. d) Regardless of the exact form, a painted and signed crosswalk at the bottom of the Eastern side of Garrison Hill would be a very valuable addition - at the moment, pedestrians headed from Harvey Road down to Duckworth/Water have a very convoluted route to follow if they use the existing crosswalks, so few do so (myself included).

    JoshSmee asked about 1 year ago

    Hi Josh and thanks for your feedback. While comments are welcome on Veterans' Square, the design is mostly driven by the technical considerations. The green space is more flexible. The question of parking vs. green space came up a couple times and was part of the survey we did to evaluate the pilot. At that time, the majority preferred, and council approved, a mix of parking and green space for the area. Your suggestion for more opportunity to comment on the design of the green space portion will be shared as part of the roll up of what we heard through this capital consultation.


  • Even a handful of electric vehicle charge stations at strategic locations (e.g. community centres, city hall) would promote EV adoption in the city. Any plans for this?

    Brett Favaro asked about 1 year ago

    There aren't currently specific plans for this, however I will bring it to the attention of our soon-to-be-filled Sustainability Officer position. I think any spending on an initiative like this would have to be part of a larger plan, and i'm looking forward to those discussions - Councillor Lane

  • Will you look to Advanced Education, Skills and Labour or community partners for assistance and additional funding for the bike master plan? There could potentially be additional government grants available or community members interested in this development. I like the idea of Traffic Signal Communication Upgrade for Key Corridors but I am unsure of the importance. What would be the main reasons for this improvement?

    annetteg55 asked about 1 year ago

    Thank you for your feedback. Question 1) As projects are brought toward the implementation phase, partnerships and funding programs will be sought out to assist with costs. Question 2) Traffic Signal Communication Upgrade for Key Corridors primarily addresses traffic congestion at peak times. It would coordinate traffic moving along a corridor lowering travel times by reducing the number of red lights drivers face.


  • All capital spending associated with studies and upgrades to IT at city buildings are not priority items. Use the funding to upgrade our roads, bridges, and transportation infrastructure.

    Bill Harris asked about 1 year ago

    Thank you for your feedback.

  • Why does your PR social media say you're engaging on the $20 million dollars, when you're engaging on about $2 million. So far this is a "yeah, these have to be super vague, and we're not moving that much, but thanks for the feedback".

    concernedcitizen asked about 1 year ago

    Thank you for this feedback. Our social media promotion has been adjusted to better clarify the areas of the plan where Council is seeking input. As noted on this page, many projects on this year's list have been identified and prioritized by staff and Council and respond to life safety or engineering concerns noted through an inspection process. If you have other thoughts about the plan, please send them to engage@stjohns.ca.


  • Airport Heights have been disconnected from the rest of St. John's on Portugal Cove Road and Majors Path due to lack of sidewalks. Would this work fall under the infill sidewalk program? What is the plan to bring sidewalk access to Airport Heights? Where has the infill sidewalk funds been allocated for 2019?

    ccooper asked about 1 year ago

    Thank you for your feedback which will be shared with Council for their consideration. At this point, we have not nailed down the specific locations or how much can be completed within the Sidewalk Infill Program as project cost can vary widely based on site constraints. 


  • The graphic has a few mistakes/typos. The document listing the details in the traffic information is lacking in understandable terminology and further information. What is sidewalk infill? Where will this be done? Why put $300K in a generic fund vs actually improving specific areas (major's path for example, on both ends) Would prefer to see bike master plan scrapped, but since that one is going ahead regardless, why is it even here? How many of these are locked. Does any more analysis go into these then is presented here, and why isn't that information published proactively?

    concernedcitizen asked about 1 year ago

    Thank you for your feedback. Sidewalk infill is indeed the addition of sidewalk in areas where none currently exists. We have updated our information sheet to better explain this. At this point, we have not nailed down the specific locations or how much can be completed within this program as project cost can vary widely based on site constraints. As for the Bike Master plan, Council needs to determine what, if any, funding to assign to the projects recommended in the Master Plan due out soon. The $150k is an allocation for design only of the top three projects identified through the plan. Council has not yet decided what specific projects to pursue under the $300k safety initiative fund. Improvements such as Major’s Path are larger in scope and would not fall under this program. Council is looking for feedback on the projects that have been included in the Pedestrian and Active Transportation category and the Road and Traffic category specifically. No decisions have been made on any of these and the Capital Plan will be brought to Committee in the coming weeks for discussion.


  • 1. Does the sidewalk infill program entail adding sidewalks to neighbourhoods/subdivisions that were built without sidewalks? 2. A dichotomy between "roads and traffic" and "pedestrian and active transportation" for the listed projects seems a bit artificial to me. Engineered traffic safety initiatives, for example, would benefit pedestrians hugely. That being the case, I'm not sure what kind of input would even be helpful with respect to allocation of money between the categories.

    kmorry asked about 1 year ago

    Yes, that is what sidewalk infill means. We will update our information sheet to make that clearer. All other feedback will be provided to Council. Thank you.

  • 1. Does sidewalk infill mean adding sidewalks to neighbourhoods that were built without them? 2. The specific projects listed aren't all easily classed into "pedestrian/active" or "roads/traffic." For example pedestrians would benefit greatly from engineered traffic safety initiatives (please, please, change the curb radius to slow cars down a little at the intersection of Thorburn and Freshwater/Kenmount!), but that's classed in road safety. And adding accessible parking in Bowring Park certainly seems like a roads/traffic improvement, as it is a matter of car storage!

    kmorry asked about 1 year ago

    Thank you for your questions and comments. Yes, infill does mean adding sidewalks in areas that do not have them. Your other feedback will be provided to Council.

  • Shouldn't implementing electric vehicle infrastructure be in here? I couldn't find it. We are waaaaay behind.

    adraskoy asked about 1 year ago

    Thank you for this feedback. As noted, all submissions will be shared with Council.

  • Should there be a submission area for Traffic Safety Initiatives since they have not been identified yet? I would like to see far more intersections default to displaying the cross signal for pedestrians. It is frustrating not getting to a button in time and missing an entire cycle - even worse when a button isn't working. I suspect this contributes to people crossing without a signal. In some cases the buttons could be eliminated entirely saving money on both operation and maintenance.

    mjphilpott asked about 1 year ago

    Thank you for this feedback.  It will be passed along to Council.

  • It would be useful to mention which projects would have matching provincial and federal funds (thus multiplying their effectiveness). For example the building of bus shelters- how much funding would that money release and how many shelters in total could be built as a result of that projected spending?

    davidbrake asked about 1 year ago

    Thank you for your question. None of the projects listed are cost shared. The bus shelters project is a repurposing of shelters. In the past couple of years, all shelters on our accessible routes were replaced with accessible ones. The shelters that were removed are going to be used on bus routes that are not accessible. Since it will take us several years before all routes are accessible, this provides shelters on those other routes in the interim.