Category Archives: Road construction

City gets green light to proceed with Niska Road and bridge improvements

March 21, 2017

Province confirms additional environmental assessment not required Guelph, ON, 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.  “We’re very pleased Minister Murray is satisfied with the level of environmental assessment we’ve undertaken to thoroughly study the Niska Road area and fully understand our community’s concerns,” says Kealy Dedman, the City’s General Manager and City Engineer. “We’re now ready to proceed with the much needed improvements to Niska Road that support Guelph’s safe and efficient transportation system.” “This project was originally approved by Council in December 2015. We were then, and… Continue reading City gets green light to proceed with Niska Road and bridge improvements


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


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


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


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


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


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


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 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


Environmental investigation work to be completed adjacent to Fountain Street parking lot starting March 9

March 3, 2016

Guelph, Ont., March 3, 2016—Beginning Wednesday, March 9, engineering consultants and contractors hired by the City of Guelph will be working along Fountain Street adjacent to the Fountain Street parking lot, and on Wyndham Street between Fountain Street and Surrey Street. The City will also be working on the Union Gas property on Surrey Street near Gordon Street. The City is conducting environmental investigations around the site of the historical coal gasification plant on Fountain Street and is installing wells and soil vapour probes for ongoing environmental monitoring. Work is being carried out by GHD Ltd. and their subcontractors. Drilling is expected to occur over a two week period, with contractors returning to take samples from monitoring wells on a periodic basis. All wells and holes are… Continue reading Environmental investigation work to be completed adjacent to Fountain Street parking lot starting March 9


Speedvale Avenue public information centres

June 30, 2015

Public Information Centre Number 2 Preferred Option: Option 2 – Four Lane Cross Section Proposed Bike Route Public Information Centre Number 1 Option 1 – Four Lane Cross Section with Bicycle Lanes Option 2 – Four Lane Cross Section Option 3 – Three Lane Cross Section with Bicycle Lanes Find out more about this important construction project on the Speedvale Avenue project page.


Niska Road bridge to reopen May 5

April 27, 2015

Bridge closed to motorists, cyclists and pedestrians during repairs Detours Those travelling to points west of the bridge can access Niska Road via Wellington Road 124 and Whitelaw Road Those travelling to points east of the bridge can access Niska Road via Downey Road or via Laird Road and Pioneer Trail About the repairs During routine patrols in March, City staff noticed flaws in the deck boards on the Niska Road bridge. The City began replacing the deck boards on April 20. The repairs will keep the bridge in service while the City completes the Environmental Assessment and determines a permanent solution for Niska Road and the bridge. For more information about the Niska Road Environmental Assessment visit guelph.ca/niskaroad For more information Grant Ferguson, Manager… Continue reading Niska Road bridge to reopen May 5


Surrey Street geotechnical and environmental investigation

April 9, 2015

Beginning Monday, April 13, 2015, engineering consultants and contractors hired by the City of Guelph will be working on Surrey Street between Gordon Street and Wyndham Street. The City is conducting geotechnical and environmental investigations for infrastructure repair planning, and installing wells and soil vapour probes for ongoing environmental monitoring of the Fountain Street parking lot which was the site of a coal-gassification plant from 1871-1957. Work is being carried out by MTE Consultants Inc. and their subcontractors. Drilling is expected to occur over a two–day period, with contractors returning to take samples from monitoring wells on a periodic basis. All wells and holes are being drilled on public (City of Guelph) property. There are no road closures associated with the work. Traffic control measures… Continue reading Surrey Street geotechnical and environmental investigation


Niska Road Improvements

December 2, 2014

Downey Road bike lanes postponed

June 25, 2014

In response to concerns from residents who believe removing on-street parking could lead to more traffic and speeding, Guelph City Council will discuss plans for Downey Road during a meeting on July 14, 2014 at 7 p.m. Continue reading Downey Road bike lanes postponed


City reissues notice of commencement for Niska Road improvements

October 17, 2013

Guelph, ON, October 17, 2013 – The City has reissued the Notice of Commencement for the Niska Road improvements project. Earlier this year, the City initiated a Class Environmental Assessment (EA) study to investigate opportunities for improvements to Niska Road from the City limits to Ptarmigan Drive. After receiving input from the community through initial public consultations and examining the corridor challenges, the City decided to elevate the level of Class EA to a Schedule C Project and extend the study area from Ptarmigan Drive to Downey Road. As part of the study process, members of the public are invited to participate in a Community Working Group. “Members of the working group will have an opportunity to participate in discussions regarding all aspects of this… Continue reading City reissues notice of commencement for Niska Road improvements


Niska Road Community Consultation

June 27, 2013

The City of Guelph has initiated a Class Environmental Assessment (EA) study for proposed improvements to Niska Road from Ptarmigan Drive to the City limits. Continue reading Niska Road Community Consultation


Guelph Remastered communications campaign

March 1, 2011

he Guelph Remastered communication campagn helped area residents, businesses and visitors understand why the City of Guelph crammed five years of construction into one. Continue reading Guelph Remastered communications campaign