About the project
The City of Guelph is examining options to expand the Public Works yard located at 45 Municipal Street. The Public Works yard needs more space to accommodate the increasing number of vehicles, equipment, and stored materials. It has been recommended that Denver Road be closed between Municipal Street and Pacific Place to add this land into the Public Works yard.
If approved, closing Denver Road would:
- provide a greater area for the increasing number of Public Works and fleet vehicles needed to properly maintain our growing city;
- create a safer route for City vehicles using the Public Works yards located on either side of Denver Road; and
- eliminate the use Water Street by City vehicles.
Following the road closure, public vehicles and pedestrians wil no longer be able to use Denver Road.
The City held two public meeting sessions to discuss plans for the proposed closure of Denver Road. The sessions were held to provide interested parties with an opportunity to review information and provide feedback related to the proposed road closure. The two sessions were held on:
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m.
Public Works Boardroom
45 Municipal Street, Guelph, ON N1G 1G8
A total of 50 people attended the two meetings. At these meetings engineers from Gamsby and Mannerow along with City employees explained proposed plans to permanently close Denver Road to allow for expansion of the Public Works yard. An online survey was available for those who were unable to attend the meetings. The public consultation resulted in 40 pieces of written feedback.
Below is a brief summary of what the City heard from the community:
- The majority of the public was not supportive of staff’s proposal to close Denver Road in order to expand the Public Works yard.
- Many of the people who participated in the meetings or survey use Denver Road to walk, cycle or drive and use this road to access the park, schools and alternate traffic routes for commuting out of the neighbourhood.
- There were concerns about increased walking distances or changes in routes for students.
- There were concerns about increased traffic in other areas of the neighbourhood (e.g. Water Street, Elson Drive, Pacific Place).
- There are concerns about the potential increase in traffic and related emissions and noise.
- Residents questioned whether the current location of the Public Works yard is an appropriate fit with the surrounding residential neighbourhood.
- A small number of participants had no concerns with the proposed road closure.
ResourcesPublic Meeting Poster Boards – April 10, 2013
Questions and Answers
Why is the City considering closing Denver Road?
The City of Guelph Public Works department requires a greater area for parking vehicles and storing equipment (e.g. snow plows, street sweepers) due to the increasing demand for services required to properly maintain a growing city.
What impact will this closure have on current users of the road?
Pedestrians and vehicles will no longer be able to use Denver Road from Pacific Place to Municipal Street.
How will this road closure impact pedestrian walking times?
Depending on walking pace, it will take approximately 3-5 minutes longer to walk on Elson Street.
Representative Pace by a Staff Member:
- Elson Street Distance: 452m, Time: 6 min. 14 sec.
- Denver Road Distance: 186m, Time: 2 min. 34 sec.
- Time difference = 3 min. 40 sec.
What work will be undertaken as part of this proposed road closure?
The proposed work includes the installation a security chain link fence around the property line, as well as the addition of an automatic gate at the new entrance off of Municipal Street (formerly Denver Road). A barricade and dead end sign will be installed at the north end of Denver Road next to Pacific Place.
For more information
Bill Barr, Manager, Operations & Transit
Public Works Department
1 Carden Street, Guelph ON, N1H 3A1
519-822-1260 extension 2003