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UPDATE: Asphalt repairs to York Road begin February 22

February 21, 2018

Emergency road repair will be done tomorrow on York Road between Watson Parkway and Elizabeth Street starting at about 6 a.m. Continue reading UPDATE: Asphalt repairs to York Road begin February 22


Snow removal scheduled for downtown starting February 14

February 13, 2018

Guelph, Ontario, February 13, 2018 – The City will begin downtown snow removal in the downtown area overnight on February 14 and again on February 15 between the hours of 11 p.m. and 7 a.m.. We ask that residents do not park their cars on the street between those hours so that City crews can complete the work quickly and efficiently. Municipal lots, including the East Parkade, the Baker Street lot and the West Parkade will be open for anyone who needs a place to park overnight. Snow removal activities and equipment may temporarily increase noise in the downtown area. The City appreciates your patience, understanding and co-operation as they do their best to maintain the area during the winter months. Resources Plow Tracker and email… Continue reading Snow removal scheduled for downtown starting February 14


Say THANK YOU! to crossing guards this February

February 8, 2018

February is the time for crossing guard appreciation Say thanks to adult school crossing guards and volunteer safety patrollers who help keep our community safe. Make your own thank you card or print and cut this one out and give it to your crossing guard on your way to or from school. Print a PDF version The City of Guelph and Guelph Police Services thank adult school crossing guards and volunteer safety patrollers for helping to keep our community safe. Did you know? Guelph has 48 adult school crossing guards Guelph has 61 crosswalk locations covered by volunteer student safety patrollers, an initiative run by Guelph Police Services Join the team! Apply to be an Adult School Crossing Guard For more information Learn more about… Continue reading Say THANK YOU! to crossing guards this February


Harvard Road – On-street Parking Review

February 5, 2018

February 2018 – On-Street Parking Survey The City’s Transportation Services department has received a public request to review on-street parking on Harvard Road. To address this concern, the City is considering implementing a 2-hour maximum, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday to Friday restriction on the south side of Harvard Road. Staff must receive a minimum support rate of 75% of the affected residents that are in favour of the proposal in order for the change to occur. We have set-up various methods of communication.  Please complete the survey sheet by using one of these methods.  For your convenience, an online survey has been created and can be accessed by clicking below. Harvard Road On-street Parking Survey Collection Notice: Personal Information, as defined by the Municipal Freedom of… Continue reading Harvard Road – On-street Parking Review


U-pass program extended to Guelph’s Conestoga College students

February 2, 2018

Guelph, Ont., February 2, 2018 – Beginning this September, full-time students enrolled at Conestoga College’s Guelph campus will receive a Universal Bus Pass (U-pass) as part of their tuition—giving them unlimited access to ride Guelph Transit. The one-year pilot program, which ends Aug. 31, 2019, is the result of a referendum held last February by Conestoga Students Incorporated (CSI)—the official student association at the college. During the three-day vote, full-time students at the Guelph campus voted 53 per cent in favour of CSI and Guelph Transit implementing a U-pass pilot program. “This partnership is a great example of Guelph Transit’s commitment to identify opportunities for ridership and revenue growth. It’s truly a win-win; Guelph Transit grows its customer base and Conestoga students get unlimited access… Continue reading U-pass program extended to Guelph’s Conestoga College students


Emergency road closure at College Avenue and Powerhouse Lane (Lang Way)

February 1, 2018

February 2, 2018—Update: College Avenue is open, repairs complete. … Road will reopen around midnight Guelph, Ont., February 1, 2018—College Avenue is closed to all vehicular traffic in both directions at Powerhouse Lane (Lang Way) due to a private property water main break at the University of Guelph. Guelph Transit Route 15 buses are being detoured around the area. The north side sidewalk on College Avenue remains open to pedestrians. Repairs are expected to be completed by midnight. Some noise and light due to construction may be experienced by those living or working in the area of the water main break. The City will provide updates at guelph.ca and on Facebook (facebook.com/cityofguelph) and Twitter (twitter.com/cityofguelph) should anything change, or once repairs are complete. Media contact… Continue reading Emergency road closure at College Avenue and Powerhouse Lane (Lang Way)


Construction notice: Wilson Street, Norfolk footbridge closing for parkade construction starting February 5

January 29, 2018

Northbound lane reduction also starts on Norfolk at Gordon The City is building a new parking facility at the site of the Wilson Street parking lot. The new parkade will provide over 400 new parking spaces. Parkade construction is expected to be complete in 2019. Wilson Street closure and Gordon/Norfolk northbound lane reduction Starting on February 5, Wilson Street will be closed between Gordon Street and Northumberland Street for the duration of the construction, about 18 months. There will also be a lane reduction on Norfolk Street between Gordon Street and Macdonell Street and traffic will change as follows: The left most northbound lane on Gordon Street will become a left-turn lane only (onto Waterloo Avenue) The centre lane will be the through lane on… Continue reading Construction notice: Wilson Street, Norfolk footbridge closing for parkade construction starting February 5


Wilson Street parking lot closes February 4

January 29, 2018

On February 4, the Wilson Street parking lot will be closed as the City and their contractor, Newton Group, prepare to board up the site for construction. Continue reading Wilson Street parking lot closes February 4


New traffic signals and system upgrades will improve travel in Guelph

January 26, 2018

Guelph, Ont., January 26, 2018 – The City’s plans for improving traffic flow in 2018 will make it safer and more efficient for people walking, biking and driving in Guelph. Traffic, pedestrian signals and real-time traffic cameras are being added or upgraded around the city. Any temporary traffic or pedestrian disruptions resulting from these improvements will be posted on guelph.ca/construction. New pedestrian signals New pedestrian signals are being added at two locations in 2018: Watson Parkway North at Fleming Road Scottsdale Drive between Janefield Avenue and Wilsonview Avenue New traffic signals New traffic signals are being added at the intersection of Victoria Road South at Frederick Drive in 2018. Traffic signal upgrades Traffic signal upgrades include replacing old signal equipment and wiring. The City will… Continue reading New traffic signals and system upgrades will improve travel in Guelph


City improves application process for subsidy programs

January 25, 2018

Guelph, Ont., January 25, 2018 – The City of Guelph has introduced  a single-application process for residents who are applying for a subsidy program like the Affordable Buss Pass, Fee Assistance in Recreation (FAIR) and animal licensing. “This new process makes it much easier for our residents when filling out the paperwork,” says Alex Goss, manager of Community Investment. “The one application saves time and reduces the need for our residents to share sensitive information over and over again.” Residents can apply for the City’s subsidy programs online at guelph.ca under the How can we help you? tab. Residents can also download the application, fill it out and return it to Service Guelph at City Hall, the West End Community Centre, Victoria Road Recreation Centre,… Continue reading City improves application process for subsidy programs


Cityview Drive – On-street Parking Review

January 16, 2018

January 2018 – On-Street Parking Survey The City’s Transportation Services department has received a public request to review on-street parking on Cityview Drive.  The request cited concerns regarding vehicles parking on both sides of Cityview Drive, which in their opinion would impede two-way traffic. To address this concern, the City is considering restricting on-street parking on the east side of Cityview Drive between Grange Road and the south limit. Staff must receive a minimum support rate of 75% of the affected residents that are in favour of the proposal in order for the change to occur. We have set-up various methods of communication.  Please complete the survey sheet by using one of these methods.  For your convenience, an online survey has been created and can be accessed by… Continue reading Cityview Drive – On-street Parking Review


City’s General Manager of Transit accepts position at Halifax Transit

January 15, 2018

The City of Guelph regrets to announce that General Manager Mike Spicer will leave the City to join the Halifax Regional Municipality as its Manager of Transit Operations, effective February 2, 2018. Continue reading City’s General Manager of Transit accepts position at Halifax Transit


Update: Water main break on Wellington Street West, between Gordon and Edinburgh

January 13, 2018

Update: Repair is complete. Wellington is now open. Guelph, Ont., January 13, 2018—A large water main break occurred on Wellington Street West in the eastbound lane, between Gordon Street and Edinburgh Road, across from Raymond and Holliday streets earlier this afternoon. There are no health risks as a result of the break. One eastbound lane and one westbound lane on Wellington Street in the area of the break is now closed. Crews have been on site since early this afternoon and hope to complete the repair this evening. The City will provide updates at guelph.ca and on Facebook and Twitter should anything change, or once repairs are complete. Media Contact Matthew Phillips, Supervisor of Water Supply Operations, Water Services City of Guelph 519-822-1260 extension 2152… Continue reading Update: Water main break on Wellington Street West, between Gordon and Edinburgh


Yarmouth Street closed tonight for water main break repair

January 10, 2018

Update January 11, 2018 – The water main break has been repaired and the road is open. Guelph, Ont., January 10, 2018—A water main break occurred at the 2 Quebec Street apartment building around 10 a.m. today. Building residents continue to have access to running water.  There are no health or safety risks as a result of the water main break. To minimize traffic impacts and business disruptions, the water main repairs will be done overnight between 9 p.m. and 8 a.m. Yarmouth Street, north of Norfolk Street, will be closed to all vehicular traffic during this time. The five-point intersection of Norfolk Street, Paisley/Quebec Street and Yarmouth Street will remain open, with no access to Yarmouth Street. Some noise and light due to construction… Continue reading Yarmouth Street closed tonight for water main break repair


Chesterton Lane – On-street Parking Review

January 10, 2018

January 2018 – On-Street Parking Survey The City’s Transportation Services department has received a public request to review on-street parking on Chesterton Lane. The request cited concerns regarding vehicles parking on both sides of Chesterton Lane, which in their opinion would impede two-way traffic. To address this concern, the City is considering restricting on-street parking on the north side of Chesterton Lane between Starwood Drive and Auden Road. Staff must receive a minimum support rate of 75% of the affected residents that are in favour of the proposal in order for the change to occur. We have set-up various methods of communication.  Please complete the survey sheet by using one of these methods.  For your convenience, an online survey has been created and can be accessed by clicking… Continue reading Chesterton Lane – On-street Parking Review


Summerfield Drive – On-street Parking Review

January 10, 2018

January 2018 – On-Street Parking Survey The City’s Transportation Services department has received a public request to review on-street parking on Summerfield Drive. To address this concern, the City is considering restricting on-street parking on the west side of Summerfield Drive between Arkell Road and Amsterdam Crescent. Staff must receive a minimum support rate of 75% of the affected residents that are in favour of the proposal in order for the change to occur. We have set-up various methods of communication.  Please complete the survey sheet by using one of these methods.  For your convenience, an online survey has been created and can be accessed by clicking below. Summerfield Drive On-street Parking Survey Collection Notice: Personal Information, as defined by the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of… Continue reading Summerfield Drive – On-street Parking Review


Plan your trip, get complete bus schedules, and access real-time information

January 9, 2018

Guelph Transit provides several options to plan your trip, get complete bus schedules, and access real-time information about your bus route. Real-time bus arrival information From your bus stop, call 519-822-1811. Press 2, follow the prompts, and enter your bus stop identification number for arrival times. Bus schedules at Guelph Transit stops On January 7,  detailed schedules were removed from bus stops, with the exception of Guelph Central Station and the University Centre. However, after hearing from our riders, we’ll be returning printed static schedules to our bus stops. The revised information posts will include the schedules and call-in instructions for real-time bus arrival information. The changeover will take between 30 and 60 days to complete. We thank you for your patience during this time. In… Continue reading Plan your trip, get complete bus schedules, and access real-time information


Water main break repair underway on Stevenson Street North

January 8, 2018

No northbound traffic between Emma and Speedvale Update,  January 8, 2018, 3:20 p.m.—The water main break has now been repaired. Crews are working to repair the road. Stevenson Street North will reopen to northbound traffic after 6 p.m. Guelph, Ont., January 8, 2018—A water main break occurred on Stevenson Street North just north of Emma Street early this morning. There are no health risks as a result of the break. Traffic and transit impacts The northbound lane of Stevenson Street North is closed between Emma Street and Speedvale Avenue. Drivers are asked to detour around the area via Eramosa Road, Victoria Road and Speedvale Avenue. Transit route 12 General Hospital is being detoured. Buses will continue on Delhi Street past Emma Street and turn east… Continue reading Water main break repair underway on Stevenson Street North


Water main break on Westwood being repaired today

January 7, 2018

Two-way traffic maintained with yield to oncoming Update, January 7, 2018, 6:10 p.m.—The water main break has been repaired. Road repairs are underway and Westwood will be fully reopen after 6:30 p.m. Guelph, Ont., January 7, 2018—A water main break occurred on Westwood Road early this morning. There are no health risks as a result of the break. The eastbound lane of Westwood Road will be closed around Margaret Greene Park. Two-way traffic will be maintained with drivers asked to yield to oncoming traffic. Delays should be expected, including on Transit route 10 Imperial. Visit guelph.ca/transit for any changes or updates to this route during the water main break repair. Repairs are expected to be completed today. Minor changes in water pressure may be experienced by residents… Continue reading Water main break on Westwood being repaired today


Snow removal scheduled for downtown starting January 3

January 3, 2018

Guelph, Ont., January 3, 2018 – The City will begin downtown snow removal overnight starting January 3 and 4 from 11 p.m. – 7 a.m. We ask that residents do not park their cars on the street between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. so that City crews can complete the work quickly and efficiently. Municipal lots, including the Wilson Street lot, the Baker Street lot and the West Parkade will be open for anyone who needs a place to park overnight. Snow removal activities and equipment may temporarily increase noise in the downtown area. The City appreciates your patience, understanding and co-operation as they do their best to maintain the area during the winter months. Resources Plow Tracker and email alerts Winter road maintenance Parking… Continue reading Snow removal scheduled for downtown starting January 3


Tips for driving in winter weather conditions

December 21, 2017

Maximize your visibility Take the time to scrape and clear your windows properly, both inside and out, before proceeding. Clean all your mirrors, lights and windshield wipers. Remove snow from the hood and roof so that it doesn’t blow or fall onto the windshield or rear window as you drive. Snow in the outside air vents or off of your boots on the floor will vapourize as the cab air temperature increases and may reform as frost on the inside of the cold windshield. Use the air conditioner, if equipped, as it will help to remove the moisture from the air. Find and keep traction Traction is what allows you to control your vehicle – starting, stopping or turning requires traction between your tires and… Continue reading Tips for driving in winter weather conditions


City’s 2018 rates and fees released

December 19, 2017

As part of the 2018 budget, City Council approved a series of rate and fee increases to ensure that the City is able to continue delivering programs and services that meet the community’s expectations. Continue reading City’s 2018 rates and fees released


Council approves blueprint for Clair-Maltby Secondary Plan

December 19, 2017

Initial concept plan for Guelph’s southernmost neighbourhood Guelph, Ont., December 19, 2017 – Last night, Council approved the Conceptual Community Structure for the Clair-Maltby Secondary Plan Study. “The conceptual community structure gives us a general blueprint for where land uses will be throughout the Clair-Maltby community,” explains Stacey Laughlin, senior policy planner with the City of Guelph. “It shows potential locations for housing, roads, trails, parks, schools and more for this southernmost area of Guelph.” The approved conceptual community structure: balances the protection of the natural heritage system and natural land features like the Paris Moraine with future development of the area; proposes a transportation network that supports all modes of travel with roads, bicycle infrastructure, recreational trails and pedestrian walkways that provide strong connections… Continue reading Council approves blueprint for Clair-Maltby Secondary Plan


Removal of school crossing guard lunch service at Elmira and Willow road

December 11, 2017

As part of the ongoing monitoring of adult school crossing guard (ASCG) lunch services, the lunch shift between 1:15-1:45 p.m. for Elmira Road North at Willow Road data shows that no students from grade 6 and under cross this intersection during the scheduled lunch shift. As a result, the City will discontinue the lunch service starting Monday, January 8, 2018. The morning and afternoon adult school crossing guard service will continue from 8:10-8:40 a.m. and 3:15-3:45 p.m. For more information Christine (Tina) Vettor, Coordinator, ASCG Program Transportation Services Infrastructure, Development and Enterprise Services 519-822-1260 extension 2040 christine.vettor@guelph.ca  


Governments of Canada and Ontario invest in public transit in Guelph

December 8, 2017

                      Guelph, Ontario, December 8, 2017—Investing in public infrastructure supports efficient, affordable and sustainable transit services that help Canadians and their families get to work, school and essential services on time and back home safely at the end of a long day. The governments of Canada and Ontario are making investments that will help create well-paying jobs and grow the middle class now while building a strong foundation for a sustainable economic future. Lloyd Longfield, Member of Parliament for Guelph, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, the Honourable Liz Sandals, President of the Treasury Board of Ontario and Member of Provincial Parliament for Guelph, and His Worship Cam Guthrie, Mayor of the City of… Continue reading Governments of Canada and Ontario invest in public transit in Guelph


Guelph Transit makes tweaks to select routes

December 7, 2017

Updated: January 12, 2018 Guelph, Ont., December 7, 2017 – Guelph Transit is making minor adjustments to a few  of its routes, starting January 7. “The adjustments are part of our ongoing effort to improve the service for riders as we work toward building a more efficient and effective transit system for Guelph,” says Mike Spicer, general manager of Guelph Transit. Affected routes include: 3 Westmount, 41 Downtown-University Express, 11 Willow West/14 Grange, 16 Southgate, 40 Scottsdale Express, 51 U Janefield, 52 U Kortright, and 57 U Ironwood/58 U Edinburgh. On September 3, Guelph Transit realigned routes to increase the frequency of buses in areas where there was a greater demand for the service. Since then, Guelph Transit management has been analyzing data and reviewing… Continue reading Guelph Transit makes tweaks to select routes


Eastview Road features multi-use path and wildlife crossings

December 4, 2017

Eastview Road has reopened to through traffic after four months of construction. The completed construction between Starwood Road and Watson Parkway North offers a number of new amenities for pedestrians, cyclists, drivers and even wildlife, including some changes which cannot be seen. Continue reading Eastview Road features multi-use path and wildlife crossings


Overnight, on-street parking restrictions begin December 1

November 24, 2017

Guelph, Ont., November 24, 2017 – Starting December 1, the City’s winter parking schedule takes effect. This schedule restricts overnight, on-street parking until March 31, 2018. From December until the end of March, there’s no overnight parking allowed on City streets unless there are signs permitting or anywhere in the Downtown between 2–6 a.m. Tickets for overnight on-street parking are $35. The City restricts overnight, on-street parking in the winter to: Make it easier for snow plows to clear the streets of snow Make room for emergency response vehicles on narrow streets where snow build up and parked cars restrict access Make sure that Guelph Transit buses can get where they are going without delays Exemptions If you need to park on a street overnight,… Continue reading Overnight, on-street parking restrictions begin December 1


Open house: Community feedback needed for Niska Road reconstruction

November 23, 2017

Ptarmigan Drive to City limits The City of Guelph is hosting an open house to present plans for construction on Niska Road between Ptarmigan Drive and the City limits west of the Niska Road Bridge. Work includes the reconstruction of Niska Road from Ptarmigan Drive to the City limits at the Speed River as per the approved Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (EA), filed on December 3, 2015. The EA was approved on March 21, 2017 by the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC). Tuesday, December 12, 2017 5:30—8:30 p.m. Kortright Hills Public School, Library 23 Ptarmigan Drive, Guelph Why come to the open house? This is your opportunity to view project information, including map and schedules, and ask questions about traffic impacts… Continue reading Open house: Community feedback needed for Niska Road reconstruction


City and Guelph Transit union ratify collective agreement

November 20, 2017

The agreement takes effect immediately. More information will be available on guelph.ca once both parties have signed the agreement. Continue reading City and Guelph Transit union ratify collective agreement


Where’s the plow? City of Guelph launches Plow Tracker map and plow out alerts

November 15, 2017

Guelph, Ont., November 15, 2017– If after a major snowfall, you’re asking where’s the plow, you can now check online. The City of Guelph has launched two new services — Plow Tracker, that will show snow plow locations, and one to advise residents of plow outs. The online Plow Tracker map will show residents the location of both City and contracted snow plows on primary, secondary and residential streets, as well as the location of the City sidewalk snow plows. Icons on the Plow Tracker map will distinguish between City-operated snow plows (in blue), contractor plows (in green) and sidewalk plows (in orange). “Our plow operators are ready for this winter season,” said Doug Godfrey, manager of operations for the City. “The Plow Tracker map… Continue reading Where’s the plow? City of Guelph launches Plow Tracker map and plow out alerts


Walkway connecting Huron and Grove/Metcalfe streets closed

November 14, 2017

Routine inspection revealed corrosion of bridge structure Update February 5, 2018: Metrolinx was onsite this past weekend installing the new bridge. According to Metrolinx, the bridge will  reopen by the end of February. Update November 14, 2017: According to Metrolinx, a new bridge should be installed by the end of January 2018. Update November 1, 2017: Metrolinx will have a contractor on-site this week. A construction schedule is expected sometime in the next week. Update August 30, 2017: The City’s rail partners expect to begin repair work on the bridge on or about September 11, 2017 and be finished by the end of the month. Guelph, Ont., August 1, 2017—The City has closed access to the walkway near 560 Elizabeth Street that connects Huron Street… Continue reading Walkway connecting Huron and Grove/Metcalfe streets closed


New timeline: Wilson Street reconstruction ends November 17

November 10, 2017

Northumberland Street to Macdonell Street Update: November 10, 2017 Construction on Wilson Street complete by November 17 Snow and rain continue to impact construction progress on Wilson Street. The street will remain closed to vehicle traffic from Gordon Street to Macdonell Street. The street is expected to be open Friday, November 17, weather permitting. The detour route during construction is along Norfolk Street and Macdonell Street. Pedestrian access along Wilson Street The sidewalks on both sides of Wilson Street are complete and accessible. All businesses in the construction area remain open and accessible throughout construction. Wilson Street parking lot is open The Wilson Street parking lot is open. The parking lot is accessible from Carden Street. Guelph Transit Guelph Transit route 5, 8 and 9… Continue reading New timeline: Wilson Street reconstruction ends November 17


City of Guelph and Guelph Transit union reach tentative agreement

November 6, 2017

GUELPH, ON, November 6, 2017 — The City of Guelph and Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 1189, representing the City’s full- and part-time transit employees, have reached a tentative collective agreement. “We’re pleased to reach this agreement without any disruption to City transit services,” said David Godwaldt, Guelph’s general manager of Human Resources. “We want to thank the union for working with us to negotiate an affordable settlement that protects taxpayers’ interests and provides fair, equitable and competitive compensation to employees.” Details of the settlement will not be released until the union and Guelph City Council vote to ratify the tentative agreement. The agreement goes to City Council for ratification on November 13, and the union will hold a ratification vote on November 19. “During… Continue reading City of Guelph and Guelph Transit union reach tentative agreement


Survey: Guelph Trail Master Plan Update

October 19, 2017

The City of Guelph is gathering community input as part of the Guelph Trail Master Plan (GTMP) Update project. The Guelph Trail Master Plan provides strategic direction and specific guidelines for work related to City trails, including trail planning, land securement, funding, design, implementation, operation, promotion and maintenance. Updating the existing GTMP is an opportunity to incorporate additional items into the master plan such as new trail design guidelines, a trail promotion strategy, revised trail routes, and new types of trail facilities. An updated GTMP will reflect best practices, be consistent with the Official Plan and coordinate the City’s other trail-related guidelines, policies and strategies such as the Facility Accessibility Design Manual, Cycling Master Plan, and Active Transportation Network. Guelph Trail Master Plan Update survey Have your say: Guelph Trail Master Plan MindMixer Deadline for input is November… Continue reading Survey: Guelph Trail Master Plan Update


City seeks community input on Guelph Trail Master Plan

October 13, 2017

Guelph, Ont., October 13, 2017 – The City of Guelph is gathering community input as part of the Guelph Trail Master Plan (GTMP) Update project. The Guelph Trail Master Plan provides strategic direction and specific guidelines for work related to City trails, including trail planning, land securement, funding, design, implementation, operation, promotion and maintenance. “Updating the existing master plan is an opportunity for us to incorporate additional items such as new trail design guidelines, a trail promotion strategy, revised trail routes, and new types of trail facilities,” says Helen White, a park planner with the City. Trail user groups are invited to attend an information session, including presentation, from 7 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, October 17 at Guelph City Hall. A drop-in session for land owners… Continue reading City seeks community input on Guelph Trail Master Plan


Notice: Guelph Trail Master Plan Update information sessions

October 11, 2017

The City of Guelph is hosting three information sessions as part of the Guelph Trail Master Plan (GTMP) Update project. Specifically, the City would like to hear from residents on the master plan goal, guiding principles, promotion strategy, trail route planning, land securement, funding, design, implementation, maintenance and operation. Thursday, October 19 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. (drop in) Guelph Public Library 100 Norfolk Street Thursday, October 19 7–9 p.m. (presentation at 7:30 p.m.) Evergreen Seniors Community Centre 683 Woolwich Street Saturday, October 21 7 a.m.–noon (drop in) Guelph Farmer’s Market 2 Gordon Street Have your say Can’t make it to an information session? An online survey will be available October 19 at guelph.ca/haveyoursay. Deadline for input is November 10, 2017. About the project The GTMP provides… Continue reading Notice: Guelph Trail Master Plan Update information sessions


Update: water main break at Gordon and Water Street repaired, road reopened

October 10, 2017

Update, October 10, 2017—The water main break has been repaired and the road has reopened to traffic. A temporary patch has been done on the road to restore two-way traffic to this busy route. Final asphalt repairs will be completed as soon as possible.  Guelph, Ont., October 10, 2017—A water leak has occurred in the area of Gordon and Water Streets around 8 a.m. today. There are no health risks as a result of the break. The intersection of Gordon and Water Street is closed to all vehicular traffic until further notice. The detour route is College Avenue, Edinburgh Road and Wellington Street. Residential roads are for local access only, and drivers are reminded to follow the official detour route. The sidewalk and bike lane… Continue reading Update: water main break at Gordon and Water Street repaired, road reopened


Guelph Transit ridership up 44 per cent in September

October 6, 2017

Guelph, Ont., October 6, 2017 – Guelph Transit’s boarding and ridership numbers for September show an overall increase of 44 per cent over 2016. Last month, 759,053 trips were taken compared to 524,694 during the same time last year. There was also a 15 per cent increase in fare paying riders. “The numbers clearly show that last month’s route realignment is off to an impressive start and that we’re meeting our goal to put buses where and when people need them the most,” says Mike Spicer, Guelph Transit general manager. “This is great news for Guelph Transit and the entire city,” adds Mayor Cam Guthrie. “I’m thankful for the leadership at Guelph Transit, being able to achieve these results within the existing 2017 budget. I’m… Continue reading Guelph Transit ridership up 44 per cent in September


Mayor Guthrie and the Guelph Hurricanes walk to school with Guelph students on October 4

October 2, 2017

International Walk to School Month event Attention news, photo and video editors Guelph, Ont., October 2, 2017—In celebration of International Walk to School Month, Guelph Mayor Cam Guthrie, Guelph Hurricanes hockey players and chairs of the Upper Grand and Wellington Catholic District School Boards, will join the Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Active and Safe Routes to School committee, students, teachers and parents on a walk to St. Michael Catholic School and Jean Little Public School. The City of Guelph supports walking to school through various programs and services including the Adult School Crossing Guard program, reduced speed school zones and the growth of Guelph’s active transportation network. What International Walk to School Month (IWALK) is a global, annual event promoted by the Active and Safe Routes to School… Continue reading Mayor Guthrie and the Guelph Hurricanes walk to school with Guelph students on October 4


Construction notice: Sunnylea Crescent closed for sanitary sewer installation

September 29, 2017

Sunnylea Crescent and Metcalfe Street pedestrian walkway About the project The City is working with Goetz Construction to upgrade underground water and sewer pipes on Metcalfe Street from Speedvale Avenue to Terry Boulevard, including the Speedvale Avenue and Metcalfe Street intersection. In addition to water and sewer pipe replacement, work includes the replacement of curb and gutter, sidewalks, driveway aprons and final paving. The road’s current two-lane configuration will be maintained as a two-lane road. A new sanitary sewer will be installed in the pedestrian walkway connecting Sunnylea Crescent to Metcalfe Street between 37 and 39 Sunnylea Crescent. Construction on Sunnylea Crescent starts October 10 Construction on Sunnylea Crescent and the pedestrian walkway that connects to Metcalfe Street is expected to start on or about… Continue reading Construction notice: Sunnylea Crescent closed for sanitary sewer installation


Norwich Street pedestrian bridge improvements ready for public review

September 21, 2017

Guelph, Ont., September 21, 2017—The City of Guelph has issued the Notice of Completion for the Norwich Street pedestrian bridge Schedule ‘B’ Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (EA) today, and released the study documents for public review. The EA recommendations for the Norwich Street pedestrian bridge are to install a new crossing over the Speed River within the existing trusses. This alternative gives the City the greatest opportunity to improve safety for pedestrians, while also maintaining some of the key architectural features of the 134-year-old bridge. The estimated cost to upgrade the pedestrian bridge is approximately $900,000. Funding for both the design and construction of the project has already been identified in the City’s capital budget forecast. Final 2018 budget approvals will made by Council during… Continue reading Norwich Street pedestrian bridge improvements ready for public review


Norwich Street Pedestrian Bridge: Notice of study completion

September 21, 2017

Municipal Class Environmental Assessment, Schedule B Environmental Study The Study The City of Guelph has completed a Class Environmental Assessment study (EA) for evaluating alternatives to address the deteriorating condition of the Norwich Street pedestrian bridge. The bridge sits over the Speed River on the former Norwich Street between Cardigan Street and Arthur Street North. The approximate extent of the study area is shown on the map. The Process The EA was conducted as a Schedule B Project in accordance with the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment, an approved process under the Ontario Environmental Assessment Act. As part of the study, public information centres—or open houses—were held in September 2016 and May 2017. These public sessions presented background information on the study to the community, and… Continue reading Norwich Street Pedestrian Bridge: Notice of study completion


Guelph Transit introduces special event fare

September 20, 2017

Guelph, Ont., September 20, 2017 – Guelph Transit is making it easier to catch an event at the Sleeman Centre and River Run Centre by offering $1 bus rides, starting with the Guelph Storm’s home opener against Sarnia Sting on Friday, September 22. The one-year Special Event Fare pilot program, approved by Guelph Council last June, allows event attendees, with proof of ticket, to ride Guelph Transit to and from an event for $1 for each one-way trip. Riders must show their event ticket to the transit operator at the time of boarding to receive the $1 special event fare. This is a savings of $2, per trip. Christine Laithwaite, supervisor of Transit Business Services, says it’s important to note that riders must pay the… Continue reading Guelph Transit introduces special event fare


UPDATE Construction notice: Wilson Street reconstruction – Phase 2

September 11, 2017

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… Continue reading UPDATE Construction notice: Wilson Street reconstruction – Phase 2


Sixteen new reduced speed school zones in effect for start of school year

September 1, 2017

Guelph, Ont., September 1, 2017—More roads around schools will now have reduced speed limits in place for the beginning of the new school year. The City is adding 16 reduced speed school zones across the City, including along roads with direct school activity, such as roads behind or beside schools. The new reduced speed school zones were approved by Guelph City Council in May and will all be in place for the start of the new school year next week. “We’re almost finished installing all the signs for the new reduced speed school zones, and they’ll all be in place by Tuesday morning,” said Steve Anderson, Supervisor of Traffic Engineering for the City. “The reduced speed limits take effect as soon as the signs are… Continue reading Sixteen new reduced speed school zones in effect for start of school year


Guelph Transit’s route 99 Mainline is ready to roll

September 1, 2017

Attention news, photo and video editors Guelph, Ont., September 1, 2017 – The media is invited to join us on Sunday, September 3, as Guelph Transit begins service on the 99 Mainline. As part of the September route realignment, the 99 Mainline will run north and south along the Gordon/Norfolk/Woolwich corridor allowing passengers to travel though the city with greater ease. Guelph Transit, and the City, is committed to building an efficient and effective transit system for, and with the input of, Guelph residents. Staff will be onsite at Guelph Central Station and the University Centre Sunday morning to thank passengers for their ridership and participation in the route realignment. While no speeches will be given, Mayor Guthrie and Guelph Transit staff will be available… Continue reading Guelph Transit’s route 99 Mainline is ready to roll


New traffic control signal: Eastview Road at Watson Parkway North

August 31, 2017

Guelph, ON, August 31, 2017—A new traffic control signal at the intersection of Eastview Road at Watson Parkway North has begun operation today. With this installation, the City of Guelph now operates and maintains 189 traffic control signals. To learn more about how Guelph operates and coordinates traffic signals, visit guelph.ca/traffic. For more information Steve Anderson, Supervisor, Traffic Engineering Transportation Services, Engineering and Capital Infrastructure Services 519-822-1260 extension 2037 steve.anderson@guelph.ca


Safe Semester results in respectful place for all downtown Guelph users

August 30, 2017

Guelph, Ont., August 30, 2017 – The 2017 Safe Semester project, running September 8 to October 1, promotes a safe environment for students returning to Guelph, and a respect for shared community spaces. During Safe Semester, roads in the downtown area will be closed from 10 p.m. until 4 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.  There will also be additional downtown services such as extended late night transit, extra portable washrooms and increased access to taxis. “Safe Semester is truly a collaborative effort. We have seen dramatic improvements over the past years since Safe Semester began,” says Mayor Cam Guthrie. “I want to thank all of the partners and students who work together to promote a safe and positive environment as we celebrate the beginning of… Continue reading Safe Semester results in respectful place for all downtown Guelph users


Passenger input and ridership data drive transit route changes

August 24, 2017

Routes and schedules are changing to improve service Guelph, Ont., August 24, 2017 – When buses begin to roll on the morning of September 3, Guelph Transit will be operating new routes, schedules and stops. Included in this route realignment is the introduction of the 99 Mainline that will run north and south along the Gordon/Norfolk/Woolwich corridor allowing passengers to travel though the city with greater ease. Guelph Transit, and the City, is committed to building an efficient and effective transit system for Guelph. Realigning routes enables Guelph Transit to increase bus frequency in areas with heavy passenger loads, during specific times of day. These changes have been informed by public input, passenger data and transit operator feedback. Community Bus Service In addition to changes… Continue reading Passenger input and ridership data drive transit route changes