UPDATE Construction notice: Wilson Street reconstruction – Phase 2

Northumberland Street to Macdonell Street

Update, September 11, 2017

Wilson Street parking lot open

The Wilson Street parking lot is now open. The parking lot is accessible from Carden Street.

Pedestrian access restricted along Wilson Street

During the construction along Wilson Street, contractors will be connecting the existing properties to the new water and sewer services on the street. This work will involve closing small sections of the sidewalk in front of businesses over the next two weeks.  Each short-term closure will last about one day. Access to Wilson Street businesses on either side of the temporary closure will remain open.  Pedestrians will be detoured around the construction site to access businesses.

Macdonell Street lane reductions start September 25

Construction along Macdonell Street will begin on Monday, September 18. The eastbound lane will be closed and the westbound lane will be open to traffic between Norfolk Street and Wyndham Street North starting the week of September 25 to allow for the installation of a pedestrian island. The lane reduction will last one week, weather permitting. Eastbound traffic will be detoured along Quebec Street and Wyndham Street.

Some on-street parking spaces on Macdonell Street will be unavailable during the two-week construction period.

About the project

The City is working with Drexler Construction to upgrade underground water and sewer pipes on Wilson Street from Northumberland Street to Macdonell Street. The work also includes the replacement of curb and gutter, sidewalks, landscaping, paver brick and surface finishes identified in the Downtown Streetscape Manual, and the installation of a pedestrian island on Macdonell Street. Wilson Street’s current two-lane configuration will be maintained for this section of the street.

This work is part of the Wilson Street reconstruction and parkade project.

Construction began July 24

The construction is scheduled to start on or about Monday, July 24 and be completed by the end of October 2017, weather permitting.

Road closures

During construction, Wilson Street will be closed to vehicle traffic from Northumberland Street to Macdonell Street. The detour route during construction will be along Norfolk Street and Macdonell Street.  The section of Wilson Street from Northumberland Street to Gordon Street will also be closed to vehicle traffic.

Pedestrian access

Pedestrian access to local businesses will be maintained during construction. The contractor will leave the existing sidewalk in place as long as possible and will install rubber mats to maintain pedestrian access once the existing sidewalk is removed.

Property and business access

All businesses in the construction area remain open and accessible throughout construction.

Guelph Transit

Guelph Transit route 5, 8 and 9 will be temporarily detoured during construction. Visit guelphtransit.ca for information about bus 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 staff will move waste carts to a location where collection can occur.  Please ensure that the street address is clearly marked on your waste carts so they can be returned to the proper address.

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

For more information

Andrew Janes, P. Eng., Project Engineer Supervisor
Engineering and Capital Infrastructure Services
519-822-1260 extension 2338