Notice of study commencement: Pedestrian bridges over the Speed River linking St. Patrick’s Ward to downtown

Municipal class environmental assessment

The study

The City of Guelph (City) has initiated a Class Environmental Assessment (Class EA) study for proposed improvements to address the future pedestrian and cyclist traffic demands with two new bridge crossings over the Speed River. The study area is bound by Wellington Street East, Macdonell Street, Guelph Junction Railway (GJR) tracks, Arthur Street South, and includes an area approximately 90 metres south of the existing GJR tracks. The City is proposing to construct one of the bridges immediately south of the GJR tracks to link a future active transportation trail along the GJR tracks from Macdonell to Huron Streets through St. Patrick’s Ward. A second pedestrian bridge is proposed within the study area located further south along the Speed River to address anticipated increased pedestrian and cycling traffic generated from the Metalworks condominium Development on Arthur Street South and other anticipated developments to the east. The site location and approximate extents of the study area are shown on the map provided below.

The study area is bound by Wellington Street East, Macdonell Street, Guelph Junction Railway (GJR) tracks, Arthur Street South, and includes an area approximately 90 metres south of the existing GJR tracks.

Study area of The Ward to Downtown bridges

The process

The Class EA will be conducted as a Schedule ‘B’ Project in accordance with the “Municipal Class Environmental Assessment” document (Municipal Engineers Association, October 2000, as amended in 2007, 2011 and 2015), which is an approved process under the Ontario Environmental Assessment Act. The Class EA process includes public and review agency consultation, an evaluation of alternatives, an assessment of potential environmental impacts of the proposed improvements, and identification of reasonable measures to mitigate any potential adverse impacts.

How to participate

Later this summer/fall, neighbourhood businesses, residents, community members and interested parties will be invited to attend an open house to review and discuss opportunities and constraints related to the Class EA study. The meeting date and details will be advertised in the Guelph Mercury Tribune and on guelph.ca. Meeting notices will also be circulated to neighbourhood residents and businesses.

For more information

Please contact one of the project team members if you have questions or comments, or would like to be added to the project mailing list to receive future notifications of the study:

Tiffany Brûlé, OALA, CSLA
Parks Planner, Parks and Recreation
City of Guelph
1 Carden Street
Guelph, ON N1H 3A1
519-822-1260 x 3371
tiffany.brule@guelph.ca
Brent Willis, P.Eng.
Project Manager
GM BluePlan Engineering Limited
650 Woodlawn Road West, Block C, Unit 2
Guelph, ON N1K 1B8
519-376-1805
brent.willis@gmblueplan.ca

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.

This notice first issued June 14, 2016 in the Guelph Mercury Tribune.