Niska Road Improvements

From Downey Road to the City Limits

The study

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The City of Guelph has initiated a Class Environmental Assessment study to investigate opportunities for improvements to Niska Road from the Downey Road to the City Limits.

Segments of the roadway and the bridge over the Speed River are nearing the end of their useful life and require a solution to address their deterioration and increasing maintenance costs. In addition to reviewing a variety of road cross-sections, improvements to the Downey Road intersection, impacts to the environment and community road safety issues, a range of bridge solutions will also be examined including, but not limited to, bridge closure, rehabilitation or replacement. The approximate extent of the Study Area is shown on the map.

Environmental Assessment process

The Environmental Assessment will be conducted as a Schedule C Project in accordance with the “Municipal Class Environmental Assessment” (Municipal Engineers Association, October 2000, as amended in 2007 and 2011) which is an approved process under the Ontario Environmental Assessment Act. The Class EA process includes public, stakeholder and review agency consultation; an evaluation of alternative solutions to address the problem; alternative design concepts for the preferred solution; an assessment of potential environmental effects of the proposed improvements, and identification of reasonable measures to mitigate any potential adverse impacts.

The Environmental Assessment commenced in April 2013 as a Schedule B Project with a study area extending from the City limits to Ptarmigan Drive. However, after receiving input from the community through initial consultations, as well as examining the corridor challenges, the City decided to elevate the level of Class EA to a Schedule C Project and extend the study area to Downey Road. The City reissued the Notice of Commencement for the Schedule C Class Environmental Assessment in October 2013.

Staff presented the recommendations from the EA to Council on December 3, 2015. City Council approved the staff recommendation to complete the EA process for the Niska Road reconstruction and bridge replacement on December 4, 2015. The recommended signalized intersection for Niska Road at Downey Road was not approved by Council and will not be part of the final EA study. Council requested the intersection design be re-examined in a separate study.

The City issued the Notice of Completion and posted the study documents for public review and comment on February 11, 2016. The City reissued this notice February 19, 2016. These documents are posted below.

The City responded to two Part II Order requests made to the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change on Monday, April 18, and a third on May 2. The response documents are provided below.

Niska Road Bridge – Original Notice Of Study Commencement Niska Road Bridge – Reissued Notice of Study Commencement 301 kBNiska Road Bridge – Reissued Notice of Completion 10 MBNiska Road Bridge – Staff Report to Council 3 MBNiska Road Bridge – Staff Presentation to Council 98 kBNiska Road Bridge – Notice of Completion

8 MBNiska Road Bridge – Environmental Study Report164 MBNiska Road Bridge – Environmental Study Report – Appendix A1101 MBNiska Road Bridge – Environmental Study Report – Appendix A2-1186 MBNiska Road Bridge – Environmental Study Report – Appendix A2-25 MBNiska Road Bridge – Environmental Study Report – Appendix A3105 MBNiska Road Bridge – Environmental Study Report – Appendix A4175 MBNiska Road Bridge – Environmental Study Report – Appendix A551 MBNiska Road Bridge – Environmental Study Report – Appendix A689 MBNiska Road Bridge – Environmental Study Report – Appendix A74 MBNiska Road Bridge – Environmental Study Report – Appendix A842 MBNiska Road Bridge – Environmental Study Report – Appendix A918 MBNiska Road Bridge – Environmental Study Report – Appendix B24 MBNiska Road Bridge – Environmental Study Report – Appendix C19 MBNiska Road Bridge – Environmental Study Report – Appendix D18 MBNiska Road Bridge – Environmental Study Report – Appendix E3 MBNiska Road Bridge – Environmental Study Report – Appendix F3 MBNiska Road Bridge – Environmental Study Report – Appendix G5 MBNiska Road Bridge – Environmental Study Report – Appendix H4 MBNiska Road Bridge – Environmental Study Report – Appendix I8 MBNiska Road Bridge – Environmental Study Report – Appendix J2 MBPart II Order response – April 18, 201684 kBPart II Order response – May 2, 2016

Public consultation

Following the original Notice of Study Commencement, the study team held a community workshop in June 2013.

As part of the study process, members of the public were invited to participate in a Community Working Group (CWG). The CWG is intended to participate in discussions regarding all aspects of the project including but not limited to the natural environment, community safety, community heritage, transportation and traffic, financial implications, impacts and mitigation measures of alternative solutions and their design concepts. The CWG Terms of Reference and Meeting Minutes can be found below.

To request an accessible version of the Niska Road Community Working Group materials please contact Don Kudo at 519-822-1260 extension 2490 or don.kudo@guelph.ca.

In addition to the activities of the Community Working Group, there will be two Public Information Centres (PICs) held to learn about and provide input to the study. These PICs will also serve as an opportunity for City staff, the consultant team and the CWG to receive comments and feedback from the general public, neighbourhood residents, community members, stakeholders, review agencies and interested parties. Your participation is an important part of the process and we welcome your input.  Information about the PICs and other updates will be posted in the ‘Latest updates’ section below.

Alternate formats of project documents are available upon request in accordance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005. Please contact the project team members if you require an alternate format.

For more information

Please contact either one of our project team members if you have questions, comments or would like to be added to the project mailing list.

Don Kudo, P. Eng.
Deputy City Engineer/Manager, Infrastructure Services
519-837-5604 extension 2490
don.kudo@guelph.ca
Leonard Rach, P. Eng.
Project Manager
R.J. Burnside and Associates Limited
1-800-265-9662 extension 302
leonard.rach@rjburnside.com