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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


Ontario helping Guelph improve and expand public transit

December 22, 2016

Province providing new funding to manage congestion, improve commutes Guelph, Ontario, December 22, 2016 – Ontario is helping Guelph enhance and expand its transit system to reduce congestion, shorten commute times, and help people get to where they’re going faster. This year, Guelph is receiving $2,812,710 in gas tax funding to support public transit upgrades and enhancements that could include purchasing new transit vehicles, adding more routes, extending hours of service, or improving accessibility. Improving and expanding public transit also helps reduce air pollution and meet the province’s greenhouse gas emission reduction targets. One bus takes up to 40 vehicles off the road, and keeps 25 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions out of the atmosphere each year. Supporting stronger public transit systems is part of… Continue reading Ontario helping Guelph improve and expand public transit


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


City experiencing electronic system outage

December 1, 2016

UPDATE: December 2, 2016 – The City’s payment, program registration and overnight parking exemption systems are back up and running today. The City apologizes for yesterday’s inconvenience, and thanks residents and patrons for their patience. *** Guelph, Ont., December 1, 2016 – Today’s electronic system outage is affecting some City services; however, staff is working to get all systems up and running as soon as possible. The payment, registration and overnight parking exemption systems are currently not available. Residents looking to make payments or purchases can pay with cash or cheque. The City is not able to accept debit or credit payments at this time. Currently, the River Run Centre box office is unaffected by this outage. In addition, the City’s program registration system is currently… Continue reading City experiencing electronic system outage


Do your part to help riders

November 23, 2016

Priority seating 101 Did you know that not all disabilities are visible? Guelph Transit is raising awareness about the availability of priority seating on buses. Priority seating is located at the front of the bus for use by people with disabilities. All buses also have a courtesy seating area, located beyond the priority seating area, for seniors, expectant mothers, caregivers travelling with infants or small children, and other passengers who could benefit from having a seat while travelling on the bus. According to AODA Compliance Regulation 191-11, if you are sitting in one of the designated priority seats, you must vacate the seat for a passenger with a disability. But at Guelph Transit, it’s not just about following the regulation; it’s about making transportation accessible… Continue reading Do your part to help riders


Guelph Transit picks up new general manager

November 17, 2016

Guelph, Ont., November 17, 2016 – On Monday, November 21, Guelph Transit will have a new general manager leading the team. Mike Spicer joins the City of Guelph after spending more than 17 years in transit management. “Senior management’s vision for Guelph Transit remains consistent: the reliable, efficient delivery of public transit to the Guelph community; and we know Mike will continue to build on that vision here at the City,” said Colleen Clack, Deputy CAO of Public Services for the City of Guelph. Mike’s leadership experience as director of transit at the City of Burlington, and as former transit operations manager with Brantford Transit, will help refocus Guelph Transit and guide its team of skilled, supportive, customer-focused employees in providing solid, sustainable service to… Continue reading Guelph Transit picks up new general manager


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


Sidewalk Needs Assessment study update, November 2016

November 4, 2016

The Sidewalk Needs Assessment (SNA) study supports improved connectivity for pedestrians throughout the City of Guelph. The City is working with Paradigm Transportation Solutions Ltd to: Review the current guidelines for sidewalk construction and exploring municipal best practices; Develop ranking criteria for prioritizing which gaps need to be filled in; Propose an implementation strategy and cost estimate for completing the sidewalk network. Where we’re at Paradigm Transportation Solutions Ltd. is finalizing the study report for staff.   Next steps   City staff plan to share the report with Council and the community in early 2017. For more information Jennifer Juste, Transportation Demand Management Coordinator Transportation Services 519-822-1260 extension 2791 tdm@guelph.ca


Active Transportation Network study update, November 2016

November 4, 2016

The Active Transportation Network Study includes the development of design guidelines and a feasibility study. Together, these pieces will inform future upgrades of the City’s network of trails to improve connectivity for active forms of transportation such as walking, running, cycling and inline skating. Design guidelines will consider what upgrades would look like in different environments such as woodlands, wetlands, city parks and road boulevards. The feasibility study will determine which trails are best suited for upgrades as well as the estimated construction and maintenance costs of changes recommended by the design guidelines. Where we’re at Staff have reviewed the draft version of final report and have provided comments back to the consultants, MMM Group Ltd. and Paradigm Transportation Solutions Ltd. Next steps Consultants are… Continue reading Active Transportation Network study update, November 2016


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


Guelph applies for the full $10 million of public transit infrastructure funding

October 25, 2016

City applies for $10 million of funding for infrastructure improvements to Guelph’s public transit system. Continue reading Guelph applies for the full $10 million of public transit infrastructure funding


Whitelaw Road – Neighbourhood Traffic Management Review

October 18, 2016

The City of Guelph Neighbourhood Traffic Management Policy was developed to address resident traffic concerns and outlines our procedures for initiating, reviewing and implementing neighbourhood traffic management plans. In 2015, a Neighbourhood Traffic Management Review was initiated on the section of Whitelaw Road between Paisley Road and Fife Road when the City received concerns from area residents about the speed and volume of traffic in this area. To begin the review, traffic speed and volume data was collected on Whitelaw Road using Automatic Traffic Recorders (ATRs). The ATRs were in place between April 18th, 2016 and April 24th, 2016.  Data was collected 24-hours per day over a 7 day period. The data collected was applied to the City’s Neighbourhood Traffic Management Review criteria for a… Continue reading Whitelaw Road – Neighbourhood Traffic Management Review


Eastview Road – Neighbourhood Traffic Management Review

October 18, 2016

The City of Guelph Neighbourhood Traffic Management Policy was developed to address resident traffic concerns and outlines our procedures for initiating, reviewing and implementing neighbourhood traffic management plans. In 2015, a Traffic Management review was initiated on the section of Eastview Road between Victoria Road and Watson Parkway when the City received concerns from area residents about the speed and volume of traffic in this area. To begin the review, traffic speed and volume data was collected on Eastview Road using Automatic Traffic Recorders (ATRs). The ATRs were in place between November 2nd, 2015 and November 8th, 2015.  Data was collected 24-hours per day over a 7 day period. The data collected was applied to the City’s Neighbourhood Traffic Management Review criteria for a collector… Continue reading Eastview Road – Neighbourhood Traffic Management Review


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


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


Mayor and Guelph Hurricanes players to walk students to school

September 30, 2016

Guelph, Ont., September 30, 2016 – Mayor Cam Guthrie and players representing the Guelph Hurricanes Hockey Club will take part in a walk to school event with teachers, parents and students from Paisley Road Public School and St. Joseph Catholic School, in celebration of International Walk to School Month. The annual event, open to the public, promotes walking and cycling as part of a healthy lifestyle and road safety in school zones. What Walk to School Day Who Mayor Guthrie Guelph Hurricanes hockey players: Nick Bird, Kevin Gergley, Ben Maidment, Chris Poletek, Lucas Pozzobon and Cameron Stokes Teachers, school board trustees, parents and students from St. Joseph Catholic School and Paisley Road Public School When and Where Wednesday, October 5 8:20 a.m.: Meet in the… Continue reading Mayor and Guelph Hurricanes players to walk students to school


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


Cassino Avenue – Neighbourhood Traffic Management Review

August 10, 2016

As part of the City’s review, we need to hear from the residents of Cassino Avenue to determine the level of support for a Neighbourhood Traffic Management review. Continue reading Cassino Avenue – Neighbourhood Traffic Management Review


Grange Street – Neighbourhood Traffic Management Review

August 10, 2016

In 2013, a Neighbourhood Traffic Management Review was initiated on Grange Street between Stevenson Street and Victoria Road after the City received concerns from residents about the speed and volume of traffic in the area. To begin the review, traffic speed and volume data was collected on Grange Street using Automatic Traffic Recorders (ATRs). The ATRs were in place between November 9th, 2013 and November 15th, 2013.  Data was collected 24-hours per day over a 7 day period. The data collected was applied to the City’s Neighbourhood Traffic Management Review criteria for a collector roadway to determine if Grange Street between Stevenson Street and Victoria Road should be considered for further review of neighbourhood traffic management measures. The following is a summary of the data… Continue reading Grange Street – Neighbourhood Traffic Management Review


Project update: Gordon Street bike lane painting

July 26, 2016

Waterloo Avenue to Wellington Street The City of Guelph will be testing and evaluating Gordon Street southbound bike lane painting to decrease the number of collisions between motor vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians in this area. Bike lane painting planned for spring 2017 Gordon Street bike lanes will be painted green from the intersection at Waterloo Avenue to 15 meters north of Waterloo Avenue, and from the intersection at Surrey Street to 15 meters north of Wellington Street. Painted lines marking the bicycle lanes will be thicker to increase visibility and wide enough (20 centimetres) to provide some additional buffer from vehicular traffic. These changes will make bicycle lanes more visible, signaling all road users to use extra caution at intersections and driveways, and reminding turning vehicles… Continue reading Project update: Gordon Street bike lane painting


Woodland Glen Drive – Neighbourhood Traffic Management Review

July 26, 2016

In 2011, a Neighbourhood Traffic Management Review was initiated on Woodland Glen Drive between Downey Road and Stone Road after the City received concerns from residents about the speed and volume of traffic in the area. To begin the review, traffic speed and volume data was collected on Woodland Glen Drive using Automatic Traffic Recorders (ATRs). Data was collected 24-hours per day over a 7 day period.  At that time, the vehicle speeds and volume met the criteria set out in the City’s Neighbourhood Traffic Management Review policy.  Unfortunately, due to budgetary constraints; staff were not able to proceed with the process. Subsequently, traffic speed and volume data was collected annually between 2014 and 2016 to monitor the travel patterns along Woodland Glen Drive.  The… Continue reading Woodland Glen Drive – Neighbourhood Traffic Management Review


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


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


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


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


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


Kortright Road East – Neighbourhood Traffic Management Review

June 16, 2016

In 2015, Transportation Services staff initiated a review of the traffic speeds and volumes on Kortright Road East between Gordon Street and Sweeney Drive.  As part of this review, traffic speed and volume data was collected on Kortright Road using Automatic Traffic Recorders (ATRs). The ATRs were in place between October 26, 2015 and November 1, 2015.  Data was collected 24-hours per day over the 7-day count period. The data collected was applied to the City’s council approved Neighbourhood Traffic Management Review criteria for a local roadway to determine if Kortright Road between Gordon Street and Sweeney Drive should be considered for potential neighbourhood traffic management measures (i.e. traffic calming). Based on the collected data, Kortright Road meets the criteria established in the policy, and… Continue reading Kortright Road East – Neighbourhood Traffic Management Review


Colleen Clack appointed as City’s newest Deputy Chief Administrative Officer

June 16, 2016

Colleen Clack, who has served as the City of Guelph’s general manager, Culture, Tourism and Community Investment for the past six years, has been appointed by the Executive Team as the City’s newest deputy chief administrative officer (DCAO) of Public Services. In her new position, Clack will oversee Culture, Tourism and Community Investment, Emergency Services, Guelph Transit, Operations, and Parks and Recreation. Continue reading Colleen Clack appointed as City’s newest Deputy Chief Administrative Officer


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 prioritizes 12 projects for federal infrastructure funding

June 1, 2016

Guelph City Council agreed to the list of projects recommended for federal infrastructure funding. Continue reading City prioritizes 12 projects for federal infrastructure funding


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 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 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


Guelph Central Train Station renovations to start this year

March 4, 2016

Guelph, ON, March 4, 2016 – Today the City of Guelph is releasing a tender for a general contractor  to start renovation work this spring at Guelph Central Train Station. “The renovation to Guelph Central Station will improve our city’s intermodal transportation hub by creating a shared space for Guelph Transit, Greyhound Canada, GO Transit and VIA Rail services that’s accessible and convenient for all riders,” says Mario Petricevic, general manager of Facilities Management. The renovation work will include: improvements to the main entrance, including new steps and concrete wheelchair ramp upgrades to the two public washrooms and an new accessible washroom new ticket booths for Greyhound Canada and GO Transit the addition of a small management office the addition of a lunchroom for Guelph… Continue reading Guelph Central Train Station renovations to start this year


Niska Road Environmental Assessment: Notice of Study Completion

February 29, 2016

Niska Road Improvements from the city limits at the Speed River to the Downey Road intersection Continue reading Niska Road Environmental Assessment: Notice of Study Completion


City starts in-depth environmental design study for York Road

December 18, 2015

Study to inform plans to widen busy east end road Guelph, ON, December 18, 2015—The City has started an in-depth study of the York Road environment as part of plans to widen the road. Natural and cultural features are important considerations for the road’s design, and are the focus of the new study. Improvements to York Road were identified through the York Road Environmental Assessment (EA), completed and approved by Council  in 2007. The preferred improvements to York Road identified by the EA include widening the road to four lanes and adding bike lanes and sidewalks. “The York Road Environmental Design Study will look at all aspects of the local environment—natural, physical and social,” said Arun, Hindupur, project manager for the City of Guelph. “Our… Continue reading City starts in-depth environmental design study for York Road


2016 budget highlights

December 16, 2015

A look at some of the budget details On December 10, 2015, City Council approved a $216 million operating budget and a $61 million capital budget for 2016. This represents a 2.99 per cent tax increase over 2015. In approving the budget, Council approved $3.6 million in reductions to the base budget which included adjustments to purchased goods and services, revenue including a 15 per cent increase to vendor fees at the Guelph Farmers’ Market, and service level changes for Guelph Transit (described below). Within the capital budget, Council approved 124 projects including but not limited to Transit fare box replacement, vehicle and equipment lifecycle replacements, bridge replacements/upgrades (including Niska Bridge), South End Community Park continued implementation, and downtown parkade construction. The following identifies the… Continue reading 2016 budget highlights


City Council approves Niska Road reconstruction, bridge replacement; not signalized intersection

December 4, 2015

Consultation will be conducted for the detailed design phase of the bridge. Guelph, ON, December 4, 2015—At a six-hour meeting that began Thursday and concluded shortly after midnight on Friday, City Council approved the staff recommendation to complete the Schedule ‘C’ Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (EA) process and proceed with the reconstruction of Niska Road from Downey Road to the City limits on the west side of the Bailey bridge over the Speed River, and the construction of a two-lane bridge over the Speed River. Council did not however approve the signalization of the intersection at Niska Road and Downy Road. Council further directed staff to develop a public consultation process for use during the detailed design of the bridge that includes elements to address… Continue reading City Council approves Niska Road reconstruction, bridge replacement; not signalized intersection


Pay-by-phone in downtown parking lots

November 20, 2015

Guelph, Ont., November 20, 2015 – The City is offering a new parking payment option, pay-by-phone, at its downtown parking lots on Baker, Macdonell, Wilson and Wyndham streets,  starting Monday, November 23. “It’s fast and easy to start and extend parking payments by a mobile, smart phone,” said Anna Marie O’Connell, the City’s supervisor of parking administration. “We’re pleased to provide this convenient service to our parking patrons.” To use pay-by-phone, patrons: download a mobile application—MacKay Pay—from the App Store™ or Google Play™ or visit mackaypay.com. create an account enter the four-digit parking lot zone number, licence plate number, length of parking time, and credit card number A 35 cent service fee applies for starting a pay-by-phone parking session, in addition to the regular parking… Continue reading Pay-by-phone in downtown parking lots


Report a problem using the Guelph Map App: 311GIS

November 18, 2015

Guelph’s bylaw division is testing a map-based system for people to report concerns about parking, signs, animals and wildlife, property maintenance and more; it’s called 311GIS. Continue reading Report a problem using the Guelph Map App: 311GIS


Parking Master Plan to be presented November 18

November 5, 2015

City staff recommends funding scenario for comprehensive parking program Guelph, Ont., November 5, 2015 – On November 18, members of Council will be presented with a staff report about the City’s proposed Parking Master Plan and recommended funding strategy for Guelph’s existing and future parking needs in the downtown. Staff will ask City Council to approve the plan that provides a framework for a comprehensive, integrated and intentional parking program. The plan is informed by two community engagement processes and a background parking study authored by the IBI Group in 2014. “Parking impacts all Guelph residents and is an important factor in growing and developing our city. The proposed Parking Master Plan supports Guelph’s economy and growth targets in the downtown, considers policies, addresses future… Continue reading Parking Master Plan to be presented November 18


Parking payment machines coming to Baker Street parking lot

October 8, 2015

The City is installing four pay and display parking payment machines in the Baker Street parking lot the week of October 26. Continue reading Parking payment machines coming to Baker Street parking lot