City asks community for comment on Wilson Street traffic direction

Guelph, Ont., March 6, 2017 – Community members can review and comment on the proposed change in traffic direction on the one-way portion of Wilson Street, until April 3, as part of the City’s environmental assessment (EA) process.

Based on technical studies and community consultation, the EA study identified the following preferred alternative for Wilson Street to make it easier to get in and out of the downtown core and the future Wilson Street parkade:

  • Reverse the flow of traffic on the one-way section of Wilson Street between Northumberland Street and Gordon/Norfolk Street, from northbound to southbound; and
  • Maintain the current two-way traffic flow on Wilson Street from Northumberland Street to Macdonell Street.

All the EA study documents for the Wilson Street reconstruction project are now available for a public review and comment period, which started March 3 when the City issued the notice of study completion. The documents are available online on the Wilson Street reconstruction and parkade webpage on and paper copies are available at City Hall and the main branch of the Guelph Public Library. Written comments can be provided to the City by Monday, April 3.

As part of the EA study, public information centres were held in April and July 2016, to present information about the preferred design concept for the roadway and gather public feedback. The study also included stakeholder consultation; evaluation of alternatives; an assessment of the potential impacts of the proposed alternatives; and identification of measures to mitigate any adverse impacts.

About the Wilson Street project

As part of the Wilson Street reconstruction project, the City plans to:

  • replace the existing roadway, water main, and storm and sanitary sewers
  • improve traffic flow, while considering pedestrians, cyclists and public transit
  • support the development of the future Wilson Street parkade

Learn more about the Wilson Street reconstruction and parkade project.

About the Municipal Environmental Assessment process

A Municipal EA process is followed for all City projects with the potential for significant environmental effects, such as public roads and highways, transit projects, waste management projects, water and wastewater works, and flood protection projects. The process is determined by the Environmental Assessment Act and overseen by the Ontario Ministry of Environment and Climate Change.

For more information

Andrew Janes, Project Manager
Engineering and Capital Infrastructure Services
519-822-1260 extension 2338