Wilson Street reconstruction and parkade


About the project

The Wilson Street parking project includes the following components:

  1. Building a parkade in the Wilson Street parking lot, located at the southwest corner of Wilson Street and Carden Street. The parkade will have a minimum of 350 parking spaces and be a maximum of six levels tall.
  2. Upgrading Wilson Street from Gordon /Norfolk Street to Macdonell Street. This work is being implemented as a Schedule B Municipal Class Environmental Assessment, and will include:
    • Traffic studies and a possible change in the traffic direction (e.g. one-way moving north from Gordon /Norfolk Street to Northumberland Street)
    • Road repaving;
    • Sidewalk upgrades;
    • Adding bike lane(s);
    • Landscaping;
    • Watermain, sanitary and storm sewers replacement;
    • Potential redesign of on-street parking along Wilson Street (from Northumberland Street to Macdonell Street); and
    • Creating a pedestrian island on Macdonell Street across from Wilson Street
  1. Replacing the aging pedestrian bridge over Norfolk Street, located between Waterloo Avenue/Wilson Street and Macdonell Street.

The Wilson Street parkade will start to address the current shortage of available parking spaces in Guelph’s growing downtown. This parkade is one of the first steps to implementing the Parking Master Plan.

Quarterly updates

Timeline and cost

Project schedule

  • Hire consultant team to assist with the project: March-April 2016
  • Public consultation to receive input on Wilson Street and parkade features and design: April-June 2016
  • Develop a request for proposal (RFP) process and documents to hire a design-build team for the parkade: April-June 2016
  • Develop Wilson Street reconstruction design: April-July 2016
  • Confirm parkade design details and next steps with Council: July 2016
  • Issue the design-build RFP for the parkade: July-August 2016
  • Issue tender and hire contractor to do construction work along Wilson Street: August-September 2016
  • Review design-build RPF submissions: September 2016 2016 NOTE: The four proposals received through the RFP significantly exceed the approved budget. As a result RFP 16-135 was canceled and a new RFP will be re-scoped and re-issued. Read the Wilson Street Parking Structure – Contract # 16-135 Update report for details.
  • Recommend design-build team to Council for approval: To be determined based on results of re-issued RFP
  • Phase 1 of Wilson Street construction: (underground utilities from Northumberland Street to Gordon Street): October-December 2016
  • Start Wilson Street parkade construction: To be determined based on results of re-issued RFP
  • Phase 2 of Wilson Street construction (surface work from Gordon Street to Macdonell Street and underground work from Northumberland Street to Macdonell Street): Spring 2017
  • Complete Wilson Street parkade construction: To be determined based on results of re-issued RFP

It is anticipated that the whole project, including the Wilson Street parkade and on-street reconstruction, will be complete by the end of 2017.


Council approved $13.8 million for the design and construction of the Wilson Street parkade as part of the 2016 capital budget. Funding for the reconstruction of Wilson Street and the Norfolk Street pedestrian bridge will be provided through the City’s infrastructure capital budget; exact cost to be determined once street and bridge design is finalized.

Construction impacts

Every effort will be taken to ensure the construction of this project minimizes impacts on local residents, businesses and downtown parking.

Sections of Wilson Street and Northumberland Street will be closed to vehicular traffic during construction. Pedestrian and cyclist access along Wilson Street will remain open throughout most of the project.

Check back here for updates on construction impacts throughout the project.

Background materials

Public Open House materials

Wilson Street reconstruction panels

Materials from the April 4, 2017 public meeting

352 KBWilson Street existing conditions (April 4, 2017)
228 KBWilson Street public information panel (April 4, 2017)
601 KBWilson Street design concept (April 4, 2017)

Materials from the July 20, 2016 public meeting

2 MBWilson Street public meeting panels, July 2016
25 kBWilson Street reconstruction comment sheet (July 20, 2016)

Materials from the April 21 and 26, 2016 public open house

4 MBWilson Street reconstruction panels – Printer friendly version
Upgrading Wilson Street from Gordon / Norfolk Street to Macdonell Street will generally include:

  • Streetscape upgrades outlined in the Downtown Streetscape Manual
  • Replacement of asphalt
  • Sidewalk upgrades
  • Cycling facilities
  • On-Street parking
  • Streetlighting
  • Watermain, Sanitary, and Storm Sewer replacement
  • Pedestrian refuge island at MacDonell
  • Review of grading at building entrances

The City of Guelph is looking for feedback from the public on a number of conceptual design alternatives being presented at this meeting. The main topics of focus include:

  • Possible changes to direction of traffic (Panels 1 to 5)
  • Possible cross section elements to be included (Panels A and B), such as:
    • Cycling Facilities
    • On-Street Parking
    • Pedestrian and Streetscape Elements

Please provide your written feedback using the contact information listed under the Contact tab.

Wilson Street Parkade panels

1 MBWilson Street Parkade panels – Printer friendly version

71 kBUrban Design Principles for Wilson Parkade and Pedestrian Bridge

For more information

Wilson Street parkade and
Norfolk Street pedestrian
bridge reconstruction

Ian Panabaker, Corporate Manager
Downtown Renewal
519-822-1260 extension 2475
TTY 519-826-9771

Wilson Street reconstruction

Andrew Janes
Engineering and Capital Infrastructure Services
519-822-1260 extension 2338
TTY 519-826-9771