City starts in-depth environmental design study for York Road

Study to inform plans to widen busy east end road

Guelph, ON, December 18, 2015—The City has started an in-depth study of the York Road environment as part of plans to widen the road. Natural and cultural features are important considerations for the road’s design, and are the focus of the new study.

Improvements to York Road were identified through the York Road Environmental Assessment (EA), completed and approved by Council  in 2007. The preferred improvements to York Road identified by the EA include widening the road to four lanes and adding bike lanes and sidewalks.

“The York Road Environmental Design Study will look at all aspects of the local environment—natural, physical and social,” said Arun, Hindupur, project manager for the City of Guelph. “Our final design will ensure there are minimal impacts on the natural and cultural heritage features in the area.”

The York Road EA was completed to address Guelph’s travel needs along York Road from Wyndham Street to the eastern City limit—east of Watson Road. The improvements  the EA identified for York Road east of Victoria Road to the eastern City limit include:

  • widening York Road from two to four traffic lanes from Victoria Road to the eastern City limit
  • adding a bicycle lane (1.5 metres wide), sidewalk, curb and gutter on the north side
  • adding a bicycle lane (1.5 metres wide) and shoulder on the south side
  • adding sidewalk, curb and gutter from Victoria Road to the Elizabeth Street intersection, and from 919 York Road to the eastern City limits
  • adding traffic lights at the intersection of York Road and Elizabeth Street and a southbound left turn lane
  • realigning Elizabeth Street to meet York Road at 90 degrees
  • closing Beaumont Crescent entrances onto York Road (properties along Beaumont Crescent and Cityview Drive will access York Road from Elizabeth Street)

The planned improvements to York Road will require that part of Clythe Creek is moved. This will provide an opportunity to make improvements to the  aquatic habitat within the area.

“We’ll  host an open house early in 2016 to share more information with the community including the work we’re undertaking to better understand the local environment,” noted Hindupur.

Community members who want to stay informed throughout the study can contact the study team. For contact information and  more details  about the project, visit guelph.ca/yorkeds.

For more information

Arun Hindupur, Infrastructure Planning Engineer
Engineering Services, Engineering and Capital Infrastructure Services
519-822-1260 extension 2282
arun.hindupur@guelph.ca