Category Archives: Construction

Construction notice: Northview Trail

March 10, 2017

March 10, 2017  In late-April, the City of Guelph will begin construction of a new trail in the Northview Estate subdivision, located at 79 Mullin Drive. The project involves construction of a trail measuring about 600 metres long by 2.5 metres wide that is within the existing natural open space. The Northview Trail would provide an accessible, off-road connection between Northview Park, Victoriaview Trail and Guelph Lake Road. The contract work includes site grading and drainage, asphalt and limestone screening pathway, seating, signs, planting and seeding. During construction, the public will not have access to the trail site or surrounding open space. The work, to be completed by general contractor R & M Construction, is expected to be completed by July 14, weather depending. Northview… Continue reading Construction notice: Northview Trail


Open house notice: The Ward to Downtown bridges

March 9, 2017

The City of Guelph is hosting its second public information centre, which will include a brief presentation followed by an open house to review progress to date of the Schedule ‘B’ Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (EA) study for two pedestrian/cyclist bridges across the Speed River. This progress includes completed technical studies and evaluation of the bridge location alternatives. The study area is bound by Wellington Street East, the Guelph Junction Railway tracks, Arthur Street South, and Neeve Street. Tuesday, March 21 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. City Hall, 1 Carden Street, Guelph Why come to the public information centre? This is your opportunity to view project information and provide input on the project team’s evaluation of the alternatives. We invite you to view the presentation… Continue reading Open house notice: The Ward to Downtown bridges


Wilson Street Environmental Assessment: Notice of Study Completion

March 3, 2017

The City is proposing to replace the existing roadway, storm and sanitary sewers, and watermain. Continue reading Wilson Street Environmental Assessment: Notice of Study Completion


Niska Road bridge closed February 28

February 13, 2017

Niska Road bridge closed to drivers, cyclists and pedestrians Guelph, Ont., February 13, 2017—Due to safety concerns about structural integrity, the Niska Road bridge is being closed indefinitely to all traffic including drivers, pedestrian and cyclists. Signs alerting travelers to the closure will be posted on February 14. Barriers will be installed on both sides of the bridge on the morning of Tuesday, February 28. UPDATE, March 21, 2017—The City has received the Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, Glenn Murray’s, decision that a higher level of environmental assessment (EA) is not needed to move forward with the reconstruction of Niska Road and replacement of the bridge. The bridge will remain closed until construction of the new bridge is complete in 2019. All updates related to… Continue reading Niska Road bridge closed February 28


Tree removal at City well property on Arkell Road

February 6, 2017

Guelph, Ont., February 6, 2017—The City is removing a cedar hedge (about 39 cedars) and four trees form the Burke Well property at 176 Arkell Road. Tree removal begins the week of February 6 and is being conducted in accordance with the tree management plan prepared by certified arborists and approved by Guelph’s Site Plan Committee and the Environmental Planning department. Tree removal is being completed before bird nesting season and in advance of coming upgrades to the Burke Well site which will begin later this year. As per the tree management plan, and once construction at the Burke Well site is complete, the City will plant about 56 trees, 135 shrubs and 25 perennials. For more information Karl Cober, Project Manager Water Services 519-822-1260 extension… Continue reading Tree removal at City well property on Arkell Road


Wilson Street parkade deferred to stay on budget

January 27, 2017

Guelph, Ont., January 27, 2016 – The timeline for the Wilson Street parkade is expected to be deferred in order to re-issue the design-build request for proposal (RFP). “To stay within our approved budget and ensure accountability to our taxpayers, we are proactively adjusting and reissuing the Wilson Street parkade RFP, which will mean a change to the project’s original timeline,” explains Scott Stewart, deputy chief administrative officer of Infrastructure, Development and Enterprise Services. The four proposals received through the original RFP, issued in August 2016, significantly exceeded the Council approved budget for the Wilson Street parkade project. As a result, the City was unable to award a winning proposal and the RFP was cancelled. The City has since adjusted the requirements of the parkade… Continue reading Wilson Street parkade deferred to stay on budget


First LED traffic signal replacements underway since original upgrade in 2006

January 18, 2017

LED upgrades paid off faster than anticipated Guelph, Ont., January 18, 2017—The City of Guelph is starting the first city-wide replacement of LED traffic signal bulbs since they were installed over 10 years ago. The City expected a four–year payback period from the LED traffic signal upgrades, but saw a much shorter, two–year payback period, and continues to see operational savings every year. “The City has saved 90 per cent a year on energy costs for traffic signal operation since we replaced incandescent bulbs with LED lighting,” said Steve Anderson, Supervisor of Traffic Engineering with the City. Previously, traffic signal bulbs had to be replaced twice a year. LED lights are generally maintenance free for 7-10 years, which reduces operational costs for bulbs and replacement… Continue reading First LED traffic signal replacements underway since original upgrade in 2006


Update on the Downey Road transportation improvement study

January 10, 2017

January 10, 2017 The City is planning improvements to Downey Road from Woodland Glen Drive to Teal Drive as part of efforts to implement the Council-approved Cycling Master Plan. Improvements will include the addition of bike lanes and traffic calming measures. The City deferred the 2013 Downey Road repaving project to gather more community feedback after local residents expressed concerns about traffic speeds and community safety along Downey Road. The City hired Paradigm Transportation Solutions Ltd. to conduct a thorough transportation study of Downey Road. The objectives of the study included assembling and reviewing transportation data for the Kortright Hills West community in order to: Estimate the traffic implications for the road classification of Downey Road under various scenarios: closing Downey Road to thru-traffic; downgrading… Continue reading Update on the Downey Road transportation improvement study


Construction update: Howitt Street water and sewer construction

December 19, 2016

Wyndham Street South to Neeve Street and Margaret Street The City is working with Drexler Construction Limited to upgrade underground water and sewer pipes on Howitt Street from Wyndham Street to Neeve Street and Margaret Street. This work is the second stage of the Arthur Street sanitary trunk sewer project. The construction work includes the installation of sanitary trunk, storm sewer, water main, curb and gutter, sidewalks,  driveway aprons, as well as asphalt paving. Work will continue through winter Project work has been delayed due to difficult site conditions and complications with underground utilities. Contractors will continue working through winter as weather permits. All work associated with the Howitt Street project from Wyndham Street to Margaret Street will be completed by the end of December… Continue reading Construction update: Howitt Street water and sewer construction


York Road environmental design study update, December 2016

December 13, 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. Natural 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… Continue reading York Road environmental design study update, December 2016


Province clears Baker Street site where bone fragments found in October

December 12, 2016

Guelph, Ont., December, 12, 2016—The City received approval from the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services to resume the Baker Street excavation where bone fragments were discovered in October. The excavation has been filled and the road has been fully reopened. The City is working with its archeological consultant, Stantec, on the re-interment of the bones at Woodlawn Memorial Park. The City completed the removal of the attendant booths in the Baker Street parking lot in November. No additional remains were found during this work. Archaeologists were on site throughout the booth removal in case any evidence of human remains were found during the work. Paving and line painting were completed in the Baker Street lot, and on the street where the booths were removed.… Continue reading Province clears Baker Street site where bone fragments found in October


Water main repair finished

November 23, 2016

Guelph, Ont., November 23, 2016—The City and contractors have finished repairs on a large water main break that happened during construction in Eramosa River Park yesterday. The water main is back in service. “Staff and construction crews worked all night to fix the water main break,” said Peter Busatto, general manager of environmental services for the City. “We appreciated the patience of nearby residents throughout the noise and vibrations last night, as we dug through rock to complete the repair.” The City had replacement parts on hand—a planned, contingency measure—and was able to respond quickly to the break. This preparation allowed for the immediate and full replacement of the damaged section of water main. “This is why we plan,” said Busatto. “In the best case,… Continue reading Water main repair finished


Construction update: Bristol Street road, water and sewer construction

November 18, 2016

Edinburgh Road to Holliday 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. Work will wrap up mid-December and resume in spring 2017 Project work has been delayed due to difficult site conditions. Approaching winter weather and freezing temperatures can create issues with the temporary water piping needed to maintain residential water supply during construction, and with paving. All work associated with the Bristol Street project from Edinburgh to Yorkshire is expected to be complete… Continue reading Construction update: Bristol Street road, water and sewer construction


Construction update: Woodlawn Road multi-use path from Nicklin Road to Silvercreek Parkway

November 10, 2016

Update (as of November 10): The City will complete all paving and sidewalks along the 2.8–kilometre length of multi-use path on the north and south sides of Woodlawn Road West from Nicklin Road to Silvercreek Parkway by the end of 2016. Weeds have been cleared along the path. Boulevarde and sidewalk-adjacent sod will be laid in spring 2017 to ensure best survival. About the project This multi-use path supports sustainable transportation and will ensure this section of Woodlawn Road accommodates all road users, including public transit, cycling, pedestrians and vehicles. Multi-use paths support the Cycling Master Plan, 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. Construction information… Continue reading Construction update: Woodlawn Road multi-use path from Nicklin Road to Silvercreek Parkway


Archaeological assessment of site where bone fragments found starts Friday

October 27, 2016

Guelph, Ont., October, 27, 2016—Tomorrow, Stantec will start an archeological assessment of the site underneath Baker Street where City workers discovered bone fragments earlier this month. The assessment will determine the presence or absence of further unmarked grave shafts or human remains and any other cultural material at the site. Stantec expects to be on site for about a week. A licensed archeologist will excavate the area of the initial discovery by hand. All soil will be screened through fine cloth to  recover any cultural material or human remains. The bone fragments that were removed from the site by the forensics unit will also be assessed. Once the City has a report from the archaeological assessment, it will declare the nature of the site. If the… Continue reading Archaeological assessment of site where bone fragments found starts Friday


Information from the Emma to Earl pedestrian bridge open house, October 25, 2016

October 26, 2016

The City held the first public information centre (open house) for the Emma to Earl pedestrian bridge Environmental Assessment on October 25, 2016. The open house provided an opportunity to view project information and to ask questions about plans for the new bridge. Participants were encouraged to provide comments and feedback to City staff and consultants. Information presented at the open house [PDF 4.5MB] Comment form for feedback about the open house and the information presented [PDF 115kb] Submit your comments by November 15 You are welcome to submit comments on the information and options presented at the open house. All comments must be submitted by November 15, 2016. Please review the open house information then submit your comments online or by email to one of the following two… Continue reading Information from the Emma to Earl pedestrian bridge open house, October 25, 2016


Courtyard takes shape

October 21, 2016

Construction crews have been busy with the following aspects of the Victoria Road Recreation Centre renovation. Behind the scenes As of October 20, 2016, a summary of the work completed or underway. Community engagement survey (recreation programming) continues Partial occupancy of arena—October 15 users on the ice Parking lot lights being installed Courtyard foundation in Masonry work continuing in pool change room area Structural steel going on new addition guelph.ca/vrrcrenovations


Bone fragments found in section of buried tunnel under Baker Street

October 17, 2016

Discovery made during water shut off for parking booth removal Guelph, Ont., October, 17, 2016—The City unearthed bone fragments from underneath Baker Street while turning off water to the Baker Street parking lot booths today. The water shut off for the booths is located beneath the road in a section of old tunnel that has been closed off on either side of the road. The fragments were found when staff went into the tunnel to turn the water off. “We have no other information about the bone fragments at this time, including their origin,” noted Allister McIlveen, manager of Transportation Services for the City. “We have called the coroner and an archaeologist and are awaiting their arrival on site. We will provide an update when… Continue reading Bone fragments found in section of buried tunnel under Baker Street


Streetcar rails unearthed during Wilson Street reconstruction

October 13, 2016

Guelph, Ont., Thursday, October 13, 2016 – Earlier today, construction crews working on the Wilson Street reconstruction project uncovered another segment of a streetcar rail line constructed in the late 1890s by George Sleeman. The discovery of 140 metres of relatively intact rails was made as crews removed asphalt in preparation for the City to replace storm sewers, sanitary sewers, and the water main between Gordon and Northumberland streets. According to a Cultural Heritage Resource Assessment completed for the project, a 1906 map of the city of Guelph showed an electric street railway line running along Carden, Wilson and Gordon streets. “We knew a streetcar line existed along Wilson Street and so we expected some remnant of it to be discovered during construction. We’re excited… Continue reading Streetcar rails unearthed during Wilson Street reconstruction


Notice of open house: Emma Street to Earl Street Bridge over the Speed River

October 5, 2016

The City of Guelph is hosting an open house to review and discuss a Class Environmental Assessment (EA) study for a proposed pedestrian bridge connecting Emma Street to Earl Street over the Speed River. Tuesday, October 25, 2016 6:30–9 p.m. Evergreen Seniors Community Centre 683 Woolwich St Why come to the open house? This is your opportunity to view project information and to ask questions about plans for the new bridge. You’re encouraged to provide comments and feedback to City staff and consultants at the open house. About the project The Guelph Trail Master Plan (2005) recommends a bridge in this location to provide a connection to the Downtown Trail. The purpose of the EA study is to determine if a pedestrian bridge is warranted at… Continue reading Notice of open house: Emma Street to Earl Street Bridge over the Speed River


We’ve got partial occupancy

October 4, 2016

Today, October 4, City staff will take over occupancy of the arena and begin preparations for ice making. Ice users will take to the ice on October 15. Construction crews have also been busy with the following aspects of the Victoria Road Recreation Centre renovation. Behind the scenes As of October 4, 2016, a summary of the work completed or underway. Arena ceiling painting complete Washroom partitions at arena change room washrooms Fencing to be installed for arena patrons Courtyard foundation to be formed and poured Onsite structural steel started Duct work at penthouse; rough-in at first floor masonry walls; install water meter guelph.ca/vrrcrenovations


Update: Guelph to receive $7.6 million from Clean Water Wastewater Fund for infrastructure

September 14, 2016

Update – September 20, 2016-The local funding announcement for media, scheduled for September 23, has been cancelled.  Guelph, Ont., September 13, 2016–Earlier today, the Honourable Bob Chiarelli, Ontario Minister of Infrastructure, and the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Federal Minister of Infrastructure and Communities named Guelph among the seven Ontario communities approved to date to receive infrastructure funding through the Clean Water Wastewater Fund (CWWF). The City is to receive $5,047,890 in federal and $2,523,945 in provincial funding for three major infrastructure projects—reconstruction of Metcalfe Street, maintenance of two stormwater management ponds, and upgrades to Guelph’s snow disposal facility—that support clean drinking water, efficient wastewater systems, and healthy rivers and lakes. “This funding is a testament to the collaboration and positive relationships built among all three levels of… Continue reading Update: Guelph to receive $7.6 million from Clean Water Wastewater Fund for infrastructure


Norwich Street Bridge open house

September 7, 2016

The City of Guelph is hosting an open house to review and discuss a Class Environmental Assessment (EA) study for proposed improvements to the Norwich Street Bridge, located on the former Norwich Street right-of-way over the Speed River, between Cardigan Street and Arthur Street North. Wednesday, September 21 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. City Hall, 1 Carden Street, Guelph Why come to the open house? This is your opportunity to view project information. We invite you to talk with City staff and consultants working on the project so that you can ask questions and provide input. About the project The Norwich Street Bridge is closed to vehicle traffic, and currently serves as a pedestrian crossing. Due to the deteriorating condition of the bridge and in… Continue reading Norwich Street Bridge open house


The Ward to Downtown bridges open house

September 7, 2016

The City of Guelph is hosting an open house to review and discuss a Class Environmental Assessment (EA) study for two cycling and pedestrian bridges across the Speed River. Specifically, the City is assessing locations in the study area that is bound by Wellington Street East, Macdonell Street, the Guelph Junction Railway (GJR) tracks, and Arthur Street. Wednesday, September 21 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. City Hall, 1 Carden Street, Guelph Why come to the open house? This is your opportunity to view project information and provide input on preferred locations. We invite you to talk with City staff and consultants working on the project so that you can ask questions about the EA process and review and discuss opportunities and/or constraints related to the… Continue reading The Ward to Downtown bridges open house


Caution: Wet paint!

September 6, 2016

Construction crews have been busy with the following aspects of the Victoria Road Recreation Centre renovation. Behind the scenes As of September 6, 2016, a summary of the work completed or underway. All requirements are on track for partial occupancy of arena New LED lighting installed in arena Arena change rooms being painted Emergency lights and exist signs installed in arena Showers tiled Penthouse work ongoing Filter room foundation poured For a behind-the-scenes look, visit guelph.ca/vrrcrenovations


Partial occupancy of arena scheduled for October 1

September 2, 2016

Construction crews have been busy with the following aspects of the Victoria Road Recreation Centre renovation. Behind the scenes As of August 30, 2016, a summary of the work completed or underway. Emergency lighting installed in arena Footings poured in filtration room Arena ceiling painted Structural steel installed in penthouse Ceramic tile installed in arena change room showers Pool change room slab on grade poured Watermain connection at Victoria Road Partial occupancy of arena scheduled for October 1 For a behind-the-scenes look, visit guelph.ca/vrrcrenovations


Jubilee Park phase two construction

August 16, 2016

This summer, the City of Guelph will begin phase two construction of Jubilee Park, located at 11 Sweeney Drive. Phase two involves the installation of tennis courts, a splash pad, and natural playground, as well as mechanical and electrical services. During construction, residents can access the park’s open spaces and playground. However, residents are not permitted inside the construction fencing that marks the active construction zone. Once the fencing is removed, the entire park space will be accessible to the public. The work, to be completed by Gateman-Milloy Inc., is expected to be completed by December 31, weather depending. For more information Tiffany Brûlé, OALA, CSLA Park Planner, Parks and Recreation 519-822-1260 x 3371 tiffany.brule@guelph.ca


Masonry work begins

August 9, 2016

Construction crews have been busy with the following aspects of the Victoria Road Recreation Centre renovation. Behind the scenes As of August 3, 2016, a summary of the work completed or underway. Penthouse roof removed New air handling roof top units installed Structural steel in place for third floor barrier free area West wall foundation poured Stormwater gallery in place New waterline trenching to road Masonry work beginning on third floor As of August 9, 2016, a summary of the work completed or underway. Air handling equipment was craned up to mechanical penthouse Water softeners installed New watermain excavation underway Waterproofing of new addition – West foundation wall in progress Skate tile flooring removal Fire sprinkler system being installed in arena Check out our construction… Continue reading Masonry work begins


Construction Notice: Police headquarters rock removal

July 29, 2016

About the project Guelph Police Service (GPS) headquarters is currently undergoing a three-year expansion and renovation to meet the needs of our community’s police services today and 25 years from now. This work will bring the facility up to today’s health and safety standards, provide the appropriate space—long-term—for police operations and personnel, and replace the building’s aging equipment. Rock removal begins August 2 Excavation of the existing parking lot is underway for  the construction of the new west wing addition. Starting August 2 construction crews will be using jackhammers to remove bedrock in the west side parking lot, causing noise and vibrations. The work will take place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday to Friday, and will continue for approximately three weeks, weather permitting.… Continue reading Construction Notice: Police headquarters rock removal


Notice of study commencement: Pedestrian bridges over the Speed River linking St. Patrick’s Ward to downtown

July 20, 2016

Municipal class environmental assessment The study The City of Guelph (City) has initiated a Class Environmental Assessment (Class EA) study for proposed improvements to address the future pedestrian and cyclist traffic demands with two new bridge crossings over the Speed River. The study area is bound by Wellington Street East, Macdonell Street, Guelph Junction Railway (GJR) tracks, Arthur Street South, and includes an area approximately 90 metres south of the existing GJR tracks. The City is proposing to construct one of the bridges immediately south of the GJR tracks to link a future active transportation trail along the GJR tracks from Macdonell to Huron Streets through St. Patrick’s Ward. A second pedestrian bridge is proposed within the study area located further south along the Speed… Continue reading Notice of study commencement: Pedestrian bridges over the Speed River linking St. Patrick’s Ward to downtown


Elevator work happening

July 19, 2016

Construction crews have been busy with the following aspects of the Victoria Road Recreation Centre renovation. Behind the scenes As of July 18, 2016, a summary of the work completed or underway. Elevator—form, place rebar and pour concrete at elevator shaft Preparation for air handling units to be installed in penthouse Level  and compact granular material at pool change rooms Watermain replacement work underway Arena sprinkler system work ongoing guelph.ca/vrrcrenovations


City seeks public input on Wilson Street reconstruction and design

July 15, 2016

Guelph, Ont., July 15, 2016 – Community members are invited to participate in a City-hosted public meeting for the Wilson Street reconstruction and parking project. “The focus of this public meeting is on the proposed features and design of Wilson Street from Gordon/Norfolk Street to Macdonell Street,” says Andrew Janes, project engineer supervisor with the City of Guelph. “We will present the preliminary preferred alternative for the Wilson Street reconstruction and gather public feedback.” Meeting participants will have an opportunity to provide feedback on the Preferred Design Alternative for Wilson Street, including street features and design, direction of traffic flow, on-street parking, sidewalk width, and pedestrian and cycling connections. The Wilson Street reconstruction project is being implemented as a Schedule B Municipal Class Environmental Assessment… Continue reading City seeks public input on Wilson Street reconstruction and design


Construction is moving along

July 14, 2016

Over the past two weeks, construction crews have been busy with the following aspects of the Victoria Road Recreation Centre renovation. Behind the scenes A summary of the work completed as of June 13, 2016. Excavation for underpinning – pool filtration room Installation of sanitary services manhole Footings installed for new addition Sprinkler work beginning in Arena Masonry work beginning on second and third floors guelph.ca/vrrcrenovations


City publishes quarterly updates on large construction projects

July 14, 2016

policuelph, Ont., July 14, 2016 – Quarterly updates that include budget and progress status are now publicly available for three of the City’s major capital projects. “Consistent public reporting is one aspect of our commitment to evolve our project management practices on large-scale construction projects,” said Scott Stewart, Deputy Chief Administrative Officer of Infrastructure, Development and Enterprise Services. “We’re accountable to manage these projects well and that involves routinely communicating the status of the schedules and budgets.” The updates are available for the City’s capital projects that are considered complex and high risk, based on a number of factors that include price. These factors are listed in a tiered classification framework for project management standards, developed by the City’s Project Management Office. The three projects… Continue reading City publishes quarterly updates on large construction projects


Emma Street to Earl Street Bridge improvements Environment Assessment: Notice of Study Commencement

July 11, 2016

Municipal Class Environmental Assessment, Schedule B Environmental Study Emma Street to Earl Street Bridge over the Speed River The study The City of Guelph has initiated a Class Environmental Assessment (EA) for a proposed pedestrian bridge connecting Emma Street to Earl Street over the Speed River. A bridge in this location is recommended in the Guelph Trail Master Plan (2005) to provide a connection to the Downtown Trail. The EA study will determine if a pedestrian bridge is needed at this location and if so, the style of bridge to be constructed. The site location and extent of the study area are shown on the map. The process The EA will be conducted as a Schedule ‘B’ project in accordance with the “Municipal Class Environmental Assessment” document… Continue reading Emma Street to Earl Street Bridge improvements Environment Assessment: Notice of Study Commencement


Construction Notice: Guelph Police Service headquarters renovation construction work on Farquhar Street

July 5, 2016

Wyndham Street South to Freshfield Street UPDATE (as of September 14): Farquhar Street has reopened to westbound traffic. About the project As part of the Guelph Police Service (GPS) headquarters renovation, a crane will be operating to transport materials for construction work on Farquhar Street. Every effort will be made to maintain access to driveways within the work area during working hours (Monday to Friday, 7 a.m.-7 p.m.) Temporary delays due to equipment movement are expected. The Guelph Farmers’ Market is open on the usual schedule  with access via Freshfield Street. The Guelph Armoury is also accessible via Freshfield Street. Pedestrian access Pedestrian sidewalk access will be maintained on the north side of Farquhar Street. City services There will be no interruption to any City services during construction. Waste… Continue reading Construction Notice: Guelph Police Service headquarters renovation construction work on Farquhar Street


Norwich Street Bridge improvements Environmental Assessment: Notice of Study Commencement

July 5, 2016

Municipal Class Environmental Assessment, Schedule B Environmental Study Norwich Street Bridge improvements The study The City of Guelph has initiated a Class Environmental Assessment (EA) study for proposed improvements to the deteriorating Norwich Street Bridge. It’s currently closed to vehicle traffic and  serves as a pedestrian crossing. The study will address the community’s needs through a number of possible solutions, including: (1) rehabilitation; (2) replacement; (3) removal; and (4) a “do nothing” alternative that would result in the permanent closure of the bridge. The location and approximate extent of the study area are shown on the map. The process The EA will be conducted as a Schedule ‘B’ project in accordance with the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment process (Municipal Engineers Association, October 2000, as amended in 2007,… Continue reading Norwich Street Bridge improvements Environmental Assessment: Notice of Study Commencement


Construction starts on York Road July 4

June 29, 2016

Guelph, Ont., June 29, 2016 – The City of Guelph is set to begin construction July 4 on York Road. The road will be closed from Wyndham Street South to Ontario Street for about three months to replace underground infrastructure and upgrade the road pavement. “We’re pleased to start on improvements to York Road—a vital transportation route in our city—that will better accommodate bus and truck traffic and active transportation pursuits along the new bike lanes and multi-use path,” said City engineer, Kealy Dedman. The Province is funding up to $2.6 million of the $4 million project, through the Connecting Links program. The program provides financial support to municipalities to repair roadways and bridges that connect communities to border crossings and provincial highways. One lane… Continue reading Construction starts on York Road July 4


Provide input on three traffic calming options for Downey Road by July 13

June 29, 2016

The City of Guelph is accepting comments on three proposed traffic calming options for Downey Road. To provide comments, please complete the following steps: Review the presentation from the June 2016 workshop Review the participant handbook from the June 2016 workshop to view the three traffic calming options Complete the Downey Road online survey by midnight on July 13, 2016 For more information For more information about the Downey Road Transportation Improvement Study visit guelph.ca/construction.


City to unveil Downey Road redesign options at public workshops

June 20, 2016

Community to evaluate traffic calming features June 23 and 28 Guelph, Ont., June 20, 2016—The City of Guelph is hosting community workshops on June 23 and 28 to present three conceptual traffic calming design options for Downey Road. Residents are invited to comment on their preferred option and evaluate traffic calming features. “Based on public feedback and extensive traffic analysis, the City is ready to present the community with conceptual design options and preferred traffic calming measures for Downey Road,” says Allister McIlveen, the City’s manager of Transportation Services. “The design options address the traffic and safety concerns raised by local residents while meeting the needs of drivers, transit users, pedestrians and cyclists.” The Downey Road Transportation Improvement Study aims to implement the Council-approved Cycling… Continue reading City to unveil Downey Road redesign options at public workshops


Provide comments on traffic calming design options for Downey Road on June 23 and 28

June 16, 2016

The City of Guelph is holding two public workshops in June to gather further public input on Downey Road corridor improvements. Join us for one of two identical workshops to view and provide your comments on design concepts. Thursday, June 23 6:30–8:30 p.m. Kortright Hills Public School gymnasium, 23 Ptarmigan Drive Tuesday, June 28 2–4 p.m. City Hall meeting room 112, 1 Carden Street At the workshop, participants will have an opportunity to: Hear an overview of feedback received from workshop 1 about the preferred traffic calming measures for Downey Road View three conceptual traffic calming design options for Downey Road Discuss and evaluate preferred traffic calming design options For more information For more information about the Downey Road Transportation Improvement Study visit guelph.ca/construction. Allister McIlveen, Manager Transportation… Continue reading Provide comments on traffic calming design options for Downey Road on June 23 and 28


City lowers Speed River water levels to install sewer pipes

June 9, 2016

Guelph, Ont., June 9, 2016—The City of Guelph is reducing water levels in a portion of the Speed River starting June 13 to install sewer pipes as part of the York Trunk Sewer Paisley-Clythe Feedermain project. “The Wellington Street Dam will be open for two weeks while crews install sewer pipes under Royal City Park,” said Majde Qaqish, a City project engineer. “Affected businesses and community groups have been advised of the temporary change in water levels and we’ll complete the work as quickly as possible.” Low water levels in the Speed River between Gordon Street and the Wellington Street Dam  are needed to increase visibility 14 feet underground to safely and accurately install 40 metres of sewer pipes. “Given the proximity of an existing watermain… Continue reading City lowers Speed River water levels to install sewer pipes


Wilson Street improvements Environmental Assessment: Notice of Study Commencement

May 19, 2016

Municipal Class Environmental Assessment, Schedule B Environmental Study Wilson Street Improvements from Macdonell Street to Gordon Street/Norfolk Street The Project The City of Guelph (City) has initiated a Class Environmental Assessment (EA) study for proposed improvements to Wilson Street from Macdonell Street to Gordon Street / Norfolk Street. The City is proposing to replace the existing roadway, storm and sanitary sewers, and water main. The City is also considering changes to the direction of traffic flow along Wilson Street, the addition of a pedestrian refuge island at Macdonell Street, and the addition of bike lanes along this section of Wilson Street. The site location and approximate extent of the study area are shown on the map. The Process The Environmental Assessment will be conducted as a Schedule ‘B’… Continue reading Wilson Street improvements Environmental Assessment: Notice of Study Commencement


City consulting community on improvements to Downey Road corridor

May 10, 2016

Design workshop sessions on May 18 and 19 open to all Guelph residents Guelph, Ont., May 10, 2016—The City has started an in-depth study to examine traffic patterns, neighbourhood resident concerns, and active transportation options for improvements to Downey Road. The City is hosting two sessions for the project’s first design workshop on May 18 and 19. Interested residents will be able to review and comment on proposed design and traffic calming options at the sessions. Paradigm Transportation Solutions Ltd. is conducting the Downey Road transportation improvement study on behalf of the City. The study aims to address local concerns about traffic volumes and speed, and implement the Council-approved Cycling Master Plan. The study’s recommendations will include the addition of bike lanes and traffic calming… Continue reading City consulting community on improvements to Downey Road corridor


City, Guelph Police break ground on headquarters renovation

April 21, 2016

Guelph, Ont., April 21, 2016 – Today, at a groundbreaking event, the City of Guelph and Guelph Police Service (GPS) announced the official start of construction on the police headquarters renovation. The $34.1 million renovation project, slated for completion in spring 2019, will equip Guelph with a police headquarters that meets the needs of the community’s police services today and into the future. The current police headquarters was built in 1960 when Guelph’s population was 38,000. In 1989, the building was retrofitted and a west wing added. “This groundbreaking event is another step towards the completion of a modern police building that will enable us to better serve our community,” said Guelph Police Chief Jeff DeRuyter. The construction work will bring the facility up to… Continue reading City, Guelph Police break ground on headquarters renovation


We’re breaking ground

April 18, 2016

Guelph, Ont., April 18, 2016 – The media are invited to attend a groundbreaking event on Thursday, April 21 as the Guelph Police Service (GPS) and City of Guelph celebrate the start of construction on the GPS headquarters renovation. GPS headquarters is undergoing an expansion and renovation to meet the needs of the community’s police services today and 25 years from now. The $34.1 million renovation project, slated for completion in spring 2019, will bring the facility up to today’s health and safety standards, provide the appropriate space—long-term—for police operations and personnel, and replace the building’s aging equipment. Thursday’s groundbreaking will take place at 11:30 a.m. at GPS headquarters’ Fountain Street entrance. The event will also be live streamed through the GPS’ Periscope account periscope.tv/gpsmedia.… Continue reading We’re breaking ground


City seeks input on Wilson Street parkade and street reconstruction

April 18, 2016

Guelph, ON, April 18, 2016 – Community members are invited to participate in a series of City-hosted public meetings for the Wilson Street reconstruction and parkade. “We want to introduce the project and get feedback from downtown residents, businesses and users about the Wilson Street reconstruction and parkade, as well as the replacement of the Norfolk Street pedestrian bridge,” says Ian Panabaker, corporate manager of Downtown Renewal. Participants will have an opportunity to provide feedback on the project’s features and design, including on-street parking, sidewalk width, overall appearance of the parkade, parkade entrance/exit location, and pedestrian and cycling connections. This is the first of a series of public meetings for the project. What Public meeting for Wilson Street reconstruction and parkade Who City of Guelph… Continue reading City seeks input on Wilson Street parkade and street reconstruction


City responds to formal requests for additional assessment of Niska Road

April 18, 2016

Regular monitoring of bridge continues Guelph, Ont., April 18, 2016—The City filed its response today to the Part II Order requests made to the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) for the Niska Road Class Environmental Assessment (EA). A Part II Order request asks for a higher level of assessment and can be requested once the EA notice of completion has been issued. The City originally issued the notice of completion for the Niska Road EA on February 11, 2016, then extended the 30-day review period after one set of review document copies were moved to a new location. The public had until March 30 to file a Part II order request; two requests were filed with the Minister’s office. “We’ve provided the… Continue reading City responds to formal requests for additional assessment of Niska Road


Construction starts on Guelph Police Service headquarters

April 5, 2016

Guelph, Ont., April 5, 2016–The City of Guelph and the Guelph Polices Service are set to start construction on police headquarters this week. “I could not be more pleased the construction on Guelph Police Service headquarters is kicking off—this crucial project milestone marks the culmination of years of planning,” says Police Chief, Jeff DeRuyter. The construction of this $34.1 million capital project is scheduled to be complete by the spring of 2019 and will be led by general contractor, Jasper Construction Corp. The expansion and renovation of the Guelph Police Service headquarters will be completed in two phases. The first phase includes the construction of the east and west wings. The renovation to gut and rebuild the existing building’s interior will follow in the second phase.… Continue reading Construction starts on Guelph Police Service headquarters


City receives $2.6 million funding boost from province for York Road construction

April 1, 2016

Liz Sandals, MPP for Guelph, announced the City of Guelph will receive $2.6 million dollars from the Province’s Connecting Links Program for construction on York Road. Continue reading City receives $2.6 million funding boost from province for York Road construction