York Road environmental design study update, December 2016

The City is planning improvements to the York Road corridor to address the current and future needs of our growing community. Improvements include widening the road from two to four lanes and adding sidewalks and bike lanes. The York Road Environmental Design Study is the next step toward these road improvements. This study supplements the York Road Environmental Assessment completed in 2007 which identified the improvements to be made.

Image from side of York Road at creek looking eastNatural and cultural features are important considerations for design. The York Road Environmental Design Study is focused on looking at all aspects of the local environment to establish design requirements. The area of focus for the study is York Road from Victoria Street to the eastern City limit, east of Watson Road. The study will identify a design that ensures minimal impacts on natural and cultural heritage features.

Where we’re at

Natural and physical environment studies and cultural heritage studies are currently underway. Creek realignment and road design alternatives are being developed with the information being collected through the studies. Design alternatives include looking at options for active transportation such as walking and cycling.

Next steps

Once all studies are complete, the City will work with consultants to develop preferred design concept.

Timing

The City plans to share progress on the study, including design and other concepts, with the community for comment in late spring or early summer 2017.

For more information

Arun Hindupur, M.Sc., P. Eng.
Infrastructure Planning Engineer
City of Guelph
519-822-1260 extension 2282
arun.hindupur@guelph.ca

Steve Chipps, P. Eng.
Project Manager
Amec Foster Wheeler Environment & Infrastructure
905-335-2353 extension 263
steve.chipps@amecfw.com