Niska Road Class EA Public Information Centre: September 10, 2015

Notice of Public Information Centre #2
Municipal Class Environmental Assessment Study

Niska Road Improvements from the City Limits at the Speed River to the Downey Road Intersection

The study


The City of Guelph (City) is undertaking a Class Environmental Assessment (EA) study to investigate opportunities for improvements to Niska Road from the City limits to Downey Road.

Segments of the roadway and the bridge over the Speed River are nearing the end of their useful life and require a solution to address their deterioration and increasing maintenance costs. In addition to reviewing several alternative solutions for the road, improvements to the Downey Road intersection, and impacts to the environment and community road safety issues, a range of alternative bridge solutions have been examined. The approximate extent of the Study Area is shown on the map.

The process

The Environmental Assessment is being conducted as a Schedule C Project in accordance with the “Municipal Class Environmental Assessment” (Municipal Engineers Association, October 2000, as amended in 2007 and 2011) which is an approved process under the Ontario Environmental Assessment Act. The Class EA process includes public, stakeholder and review agency consultation; an evaluation of alternative solutions to address the problem; alternative design concepts for the preferred solution; an assessment of potential environmental effects of the proposed improvements; and identification of reasonable measures to mitigate any potential adverse impacts.

The first of two Public Information Centres (PIC) was held on November 27, 2014.  This PIC presented the study’s problem/opportunity statement, results of environmental and technical studies, the alternative solutions considered for the road and bridge, and the preliminary preferred solutions as determined by the study team.

Opportunity to participate

The second PIC will present the results of environmental studies completed to date, the alternative design concepts evaluated, and the preliminary preferred design concepts for all alternatives considered for improvements to the road, bridge and intersection.

Thursday, September 10, 2015 
5–7 p.m.
Kortright Presbyterian Church Gymnasium (this location is wheelchair accessible)
55 Devere Drive, Guelph

For more information

Further details, including the list of alternative solutions, can be found by visiting If you have questions or comments, or would like to be added to the project mailing list, please contact one of our study team members.

Brad Hamilton, P. Eng.
City Project Engineer
City of Guelph
1 Carden Street
Guelph, ON N1H 3A1
519-822-1260 extension 2319

Philip Rowe, C.E.T.
Consultant Project Manager
R. J. Burnside & Associates Limited
292 Speedvale Avenue West, Unit 20
Guelph, ON N1H 1C4
1-800-265-9662 extension 5915

Information will be collected in accordance with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. With the exception of personal information, all comments will become part of the public record and published with the final Environmental Study Report.

(This notice first issued August 27, 2015)