The Ward to Downtown bridges

About the project

The City of Guelph has initiated 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.

The City is proposing to build two bridges—one immediately south of the GJR tracks to 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 with the study area located further south along the Speed River to address anticipated increased pedestrian and cycling traffic generated from the Metalworks condominium development on Arthur Street South and other anticipated developments to the east.

EA (Environmental Assessment) process

The Class EA will be conducted as a Schedule ‘B’ Project in accordance with the “Municipal Class Environmental Assessment” document (Municipal Engineers Association, October 2000, as amended in 2007, 2011 and 2015), which is an approved process under the Ontario Environmental Assessment Act. The Class EA process includes public and review agency consultation, an evaluation of alternatives, an assessment of potential environmental impacts of the proposed improvements, and identification of reasonable measures to mitigate any potential adverse impacts.



3 MBClass Environmental Assessment Project File (Schedule B) – July 6, 2017 7 MBAppendix A Heritage 1 MBAppendix B Archeological 1 MBAppendix C Scoped EIS14 MBAppendix D Fluvial Geomorphic 7 MBAppendix E Consultation3 MBAppendix F Notices1 MBAppendix G Comments 2 MBAppendix H Drawings

For more information

Please contact one of the project team members if you have any questions or comments, of would like to be added to the project mailing list to receive future notifications of the study:

Tiffany Hanna (Brûlé), OALA, CSLA, Parks Planner
City of Guelph
519-822-1260 extension 3371
Brent Willis, P.Eng., Project Manager
GM BluePlan Engineering Limited