Construction notice: Downey Road traffic-calming construction starts September 12

Teal Drive to Niska Road

Traffic calming measures

The City of Guelph is installing traffic-calming infrastructure on Downey Road to address concerns from local residents about traffic speeds and community safety.

Construction on Downey Road begins September 12

Construction is intended to start on or about the week of September 12 and is expected to take four to six weeks to complete.

Lane reductions coming to east and westbound trafficA map features a section of Downey Road between Teal Drive and Niska Road that will experience lane reductions starting September 12.

Traffic will be maintained via one lane in each direction throughout the duration of construction with flagging operations as necessary.  Any flagging will be maintained to off-peak hours as much as possible.

Pedestrian and parking access

Pedestrian access will be unaffected during the construction.

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

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.

Project history

The Downey Road Transportation Improvement study was completed by the City to identify the appropriate roadway classification of Downey Road and identify options to reduce speeding and enhance the pedestrian and cyclist experience on Downey Road.

Council approved five of the six the recommendations of the Downey Road Transportation Improvement study in September 2016.

The Cycling Master Plan is a 10-year strategy to make cycling easier, safer and more accessible in Guelph by building a connected network of on and off road bike facilities throughout Guelph. It is part of the City of Guelph’s efforts to support sustainable transportation, relieve traffic congestion and make mobility accessible to all road users. Adding bike lanes to Downey Road will also help accommodate all road users, including public transit, cycling, pedestrians and vehicles.

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 Capital Infrastructure Services
519-822-1260 extension 2319