The Ward to Downtown bridges

The City of Guelph has initiated an Environmental Assessment (EA) for two cycling and pedestrian bridges across the Speed River. The City is assessing locations bound by Wellington Street East, Macdonell Street, the Guelph Junction Railway (GJR) tracks, and Arthur Street.

The City is proposing two bridges—one immediately south of the GJR tracks. This will link a future active transportation trail along the 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 River. This bridge would address an anticipated increase of pedestrian and cycling traffic from the Metalworks condominium development on Arthur Street and other anticipated developments to the east.

Community Engagement

Following the original Notice of Study Commencement, the study team held an open house on September 21, 2016 to discuss potential locations for the bridge.

On March 21, 2017, a second open house was given to discuss progress of the EA and to provide feedback on the suggested alternative locations for the bridges.

On April 12, 2018, a third open house was held to share bridge options for the bridge south of the GJR tracks.

If you were unable to make it to the open house, you can send your comments in online or email Mallory Lemon, Parks Planner to have your say on the bridge designs.

About the Environmental Assessment (EA) process

An Environmental Assessment (EA) was completed in July 2017 which evaluated alternatives for pedestrian bridges crossing the Speed River from St. Patrick’s Ward to downtown. The EA recommends that a bridge immediately south of the Guelph Junction Railway tracks be implemented first to mitigate safety concerns that stem from residents using the railway bridge as a crossing. This project is now in the implementation phase of the EA. The proposed bridge will link a future trail from Duke Street over the river to Macdonell Street.

For more information

Mallory Lemon, OALA, CSLA, Parks Planner
Open Space Planning, Parks and Recreation
City of Guelph
519-822-1260 extension 3371