Construction notice: 2017 Bristol Street road, water and sewer construction

Yorkshire Street to Wellington Street

Aging infrastructure under the Bristol Street roadway needs to be replaced. The City’s construction plans include the replacement of sanitary and storm sewer pipes, water main, curb and gutter and driveway aprons. Road repaving will include bike lanes and curb narrowing between Yorkshire Street and Raymond Street to prevent on-street parking and support traffic calming through this neighbourhood.

All work associated with the Bristol Street project from Edinburgh Road to Yorkshire Street was completed in 2016.

Construction resumes March 15, Bristol closed to through traffic

Map shows completed and planned construction areas on Bristol StreetRemaining work for the section of Bristol Street between Yorkshire and Holliday streets will be begin on or about March 15. This work includes upgrading water and sewer pipes under the roadway, as well as final paving, curbs and sidewalks. This section of the project is expected to take about eight weeks.

Bristol Street will be closed to through traffic for the duration of the work.

UPDATE May 11, 2017: The remainder of the construction on Bristol Street from Holliday Street to Wellington Street will be completed in 2018.

Traffic calming design elements

The City has included the following traffic management initiatives aimed as part of the final design to help address issues with traffic speed and volume on Bristol Street:

  • Intersection realignment of Glasgow and Fountain streets to a narrower and perpendicular (90 degrees) alignment with Bristol Street;
  • Curb narrowing (bump-out) on Bristol Street at Surrey Street and at Wellington Street West;
  • Road narrowing on Bristol Street between Yorkshire Street and Essex Street;
  • Restricted on-street parking at all times on the north side of Bristol Street between Edinburgh Road and Wellington Street West.

Once construction is done, the City will collect data to determine the effectiveness of these traffic management initiatives.

Property and business access and parking

All businesses in the construction area remain open and accessible throughout construction. Hanlon’s One Stop Service auto shop can be accessed via Glasgow Street.

Every effort will be made to maintain access to driveways in the construction area during working hours (7 a.m.–7 p.m.) Construction activities and equipment movement may temporarily impact access to private property and delays should be expected.

Guelph Transit

Guelph Transit route 8 will be temporarily detoured during construction. Visit for information about stop changes and route detours.

City services

There will be no interruption to any City services during construction. Waste collection will not be affected. Please continue to place your green, blue and grey carts at the curb, as per your regular schedule. Construction crews may occasionally need to move carts to a central collection area. Please ensure your address is written on your cart so it can be returned to you.

The City appreciates your patience, understanding and co-operation during this important construction project. Project details and any updates will be posted on

For more information

Ken VanderWal, P.Eng, Project Engineer
Engineering and Infrastructure Services
519-822-1260 extension 2319