Public Notice

Parking changes for Police HQ renovations start July 27

There will be changes to on-street parking to support renovations of the Guelph Police Headquarters renovations, starting from July 27, 2015.

Learn more about road closures and detours on Wyndham and Farquhar Street

No Parking Anytime. Authorized Vehicles Exempt

  • South side of Farquhar West – between Wyndham and Freshfield
  • East side of Freshfield – between Farquhar and Fountain 
  • North side of Fountain – between Freshfield and Wyndham

No Parking Anytime, Authorized Permits Exempt, Mon – Fri, 8am to 6pm

Permit holders are expected to park in the designated areas. On-street parking available after 6pm.

  • North side of Surrey – between Gordon and Wyndham
  • Farquhar East – East of Wyndham
  • Neeve Street – South of Fountain
  • West side of Grant – between Fountain and Surrey
  • Fountain – between Wyndham and Grant
  • West side of Freshfield – between Farquhar and Fountain

For more information about parking

Anna Marie O’Connell
Supervisor, Parking Administration
519-822-1260 extension 2254
annamarie.oconnell@guelph.ca

Visit guelphpolice.ca to see renovation plans and construction updates about the Guelph Police Headquarters.

City asks residents to be on the lookout for Giant Hogweed

Guelph, ON, July 17, 2015 – The City is asking residents to be on the lookout for Giant Hogweed and its close relative Wild Parsnip.

“Both Giant Hogweed and Wild Parsnip are noxious weeds that look alike and can cause a public health hazard,” explains Martin Neumann, manager of Parks Operations. “The City is asking residents to report Giant Hogweed and Wild Parsnip on public property by contacting Parks Operations and Forestry at 519-837-5626 or sending a photo and location to parks@guelph.ca. All inquiries will be investigated within two business days”.

Staff removed twenty-five plants that appeared to be Giant Hogweed from the Eramosa River Park area today and will continue to monitor the area for other patches of the noxious weeds.

Giant Hogweed’s clear, watery sap has toxins that cause skin inflammation and burns when skin is exposed to sunlight, and in serious circumstances, blindness if the sap gets into eyes. The plant is harmful to both people and pets.

Residents who find Giant Hogweed or Wild Parsnip on private property are responsible for its removal. This can be done with the assistance of a professional service, such as a pesticide application company. Protective clothing, including eye protection, should be worn when handling or digging out Giant Hogweed.

How to identify Giant Hogweed

Giant Hogweed is an invasive plant from Asia that reaches a height of 10 to 15 feet (three to four metres) when in flower. Its hollow stems are two to four inches (five–ten centimetres) in diameter with dark reddish-purple spots and bristles. Giant hogweed flowers mid-May through July, with numerous white flowers clustered in an umbrella-shaped head that is up to two and a half feet (0.75 metres) in diameter. Giant Hogweed looks like Queen Anne’s lace but is considerably larger, and grows in open, undisturbed sites with abundant light, such as river or forest edges.

Resources

Photos and more information about Giant Hogweed

For more information

Martin Neumann
Manager, Parks Operations
Parks and Recreation
519-822-1260 extension 3337
martin.neumann@guelph.ca

 

West Parkade undergoing repairs

Guelph, ON, July 15, 2015 – The City is undertaking structural and preventative maintenance repair work in the West Parkade, located near the corner of Macdonell and Wyndham streets.

Work is scheduled to begin the week of July 20 and should be completed by mid-October.

“We do not anticipate any service disruptions to permit holders and members of the public using the West Parkade”, explains Anna Marie O’Connell, supervisor of Parking Administration. “We thank parkade users in advance for their patience and understanding as we continue to ensure the parkade meets safety standards.”

The repair work will occupy a section of parking spaces at a time as the contractors work through the parkade levels.

Resources

Alternative parking options in downtown Guelph

 

For more information

Anna Marie O’Connell, Supervisor, Parking Administration
Transportation Services
Infrastructure, Development and Enterprise
519-822-1260 extension 2254
annamarie.oconnell@guelph.ca

Construction underway for Phase 2 of Stone Road East, Gordon Street to Village Green Drive

Construction takes place July 2015 to Spring 2016

The City will maintain two-way traffic on Stone Road East at all times. Work will be completed in sections to minimize disruptions, and co-ordinate work being completed by its own contractors and local utilities.

Gordon Street to Village Green Drive

The project involves widening and reconstructing Stone Road East from Gordon Street to Village Green Drive. We are installing the storm sewer, curb and gutter, sidewalk, street lighting, replacement of the existing distribution watermain and repairs to the existing sanitary sewer.

A Class Environmental assessment was completed in 2002. When construction is complete, Stone road will have two lanes in each direction, with on-road bike lanes, and a centre turn lane between Gordon Street and Evergreen Drive. The existing traffic signals will be replaced and left turn lanes will be added at Village Green Drive.

Traffic impacts and detours

All eastbound lanes and one westbound lane are expected to completed in 2015. The remaining westbound lanes, sidewalks and landscaping on the north side will be completed  after required utility relocations are complete in the spring of 2016. Proposed staging and anticipated timing is shown below.

Stage Construction Activity with Anticipated Timing

  1. July to August 2015 - South side road widening and reconstruction including intersection improvements at Village Green Drive  
  2. August to October 2015 - North side road widening and reconstruction including intersection improvements at Village Green Drive 
  3. October 2015 to April 2016 - Utility relocation and streetlight installation
  4. May 2016 - Complete north side reconstruction, sidewalk installation and landscaping

Property access

Access to properties will be maintained as best as possible throughout the reconstruction. There will be times when trenching is being performed or when concrete curb and gutter or sidewalk is being installed across the entrance when vehicular access will be restricted. Such restrictions will be coordinated with the property owner / businesses to minimize disruptions.

Property inspections

DBA Environmental Services may contact nearby property owners to arrange an interior / exterior inspection of any buildings on properties near the reconstruction area. This inspection is a proactive measure intended to assess whether or not a property has any existing damage. This information will be used to determine the contractor’s responsibility in the unlikely event of property damage during the reconstruction.

Construction inspection

David Martinell is the construction inspector for this project. Please feel free to contact David at 519-222-5175 regarding any construction issue.

The City of Guelph appreciates your patience, understanding and co-operation during this important construction project. Project details and updates are available on the City’s website at guelph.ca/construction.

For more information

Brad Hamilton, P. Eng.
Project Engineer
Engineering and Capital Infrastructure Services
T 519-822-1260 extension 2319
brad.hamilton@guelph.ca

Farquhar Street – Alternate Parking

Guelph Hydro is completing work to support upcoming renovations of the Guelph Police Headquarters, and will be redirecting parking on Farquhar Street between June 22 to August 15, 2015.

Learn more about road closures and detours on Wyndham and Farquhar Street

No Parking on Farquhar East from July 13 to July 27

Parking available in the Fountain Street Parking Lot, and on the north side of Surrey Street.

No Parking on Farquhar West from June 22 to August 15

Parking available in the Fountain Street Parking lot, and on the north side of Surrey Street.

For more information about parking

Anna Marie O’Connell
Supervisor, Parking Administration
519-822-1260 extension 2254
annamarie.oconnell@guelph.ca

Visit guelphpolice.ca to see renovation plans and construction updates about the Guelph Police Headquarters.

Wyndham Street closed between Carden and Fountain July 27 to August 14

Date: July 6, 2015

About the project

Guelph Hydro is completing work to support upcoming renovations at Guelph Police Headquarters. Crews are relocating switch gears and installing a new transformer.

Visit guelphpolice.ca to see renovation plans and construction updates about the Guelph Police Headquarters.

Detours and traffic impacts

June 22 to August 14

  • Farquhar Street closed between Wyndham and Freshfield Streets

July 13 to July 27

  • Farquhar Street East reduced to one lane; local two-way traffic directed by flag person

July 27 to August 14

Stage 1:

  • Wyndham Street closed to vehicular traffic between Carden and Farquhar Streets
  • Local access to Farquhar Street and GO Transit Kiss & Ride via Wellington Street

Stage 2:

  • Wyndham Street closed to vehicular traffic between Farquhar and Fountain Streets
  • Local access to Farquhar Street East and GO Kiss & Ride via Macdonell Street

Fall 2015

  • Additional work relocating Guelph Hydro services on Freshfield Street between Fountain Street and the Farmer’s Market is scheduled for fall.

Public transit

GO Transit Kiss & Ride will remain open and accessible during construction.

Guelph Transit routes 2B, 8, 9 and 16 will be affected by the road closure with some stops in the work area out of service. Visit guelphtransit.ca for more information about temporary changes to stop locations and schedules.

Greyhound service will not be affected by the road closure. The bus terminal will be accessible via Fountain Street.

The City of Guelph appreciates your patience, understanding and co-operation during this important construction project. Future construction and road closure notices will be posted at guelph.ca/construction.

For more information about road closures and traffic

Grant Ferguson
Technical Services Program Manager,
Engineering Services, City of Guelph
519-822-1260 extension 2251
grant.ferguson@guelph.ca

For more information about Guelph Hydro work

Adam Doucet C.E.T.
Engineering Technician, Guelph Hydro Electric Systems Inc.
519-822-1750 extension 4618
ADoucet@guelphhydro.com

For more information about GO Transit services

Ken Potter
Customer Care Coordinator, GO Transit
905-803-8008 extension 2681
ken.potter@gotransit.com

Notice of collection: household call survey about source water protection

The City of Guelph is conducting a residential telephone call survey to gain insight knowledge and attitudes about source water protection in Guelph.

The telephone survey will begin July 8 and be completed by July 15. Oraclepoll Research Limited is contacting 400 households within the City of Guelph.

Results of the survey will be used by City staff develop education and outreach programs related to the protection of drinking water.

Participation is voluntary. All individual responses will be kept confidential and will be used for further program development and optimization only.

Personal information, as defined by Section 2 of the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy (MFIPPA) is collected under the authority of the Municipal Act, 2001, and in accordance with the provisions of the MFIPPA.

For more information about the project please contact the City’s Risk Management Official at
519–822–1260 extension 2368
sourcewater@guelph.ca

For questions regarding the collection, use, and disclosure of this information please contact the Program Manager Information, Privacy and Elections at
519-822-1260 extension 2605
privacy@guelph.ca

Construction Notice – Elizabeth Street

Victoria Road to Industrial Street

The City of Guelph will be reconstructing Elizabeth Street from Victoria Road to Industrial Street as it replaces important underground sewer and watermain pipes. Reconstruction will include the addition of curb and gutter, and of bicycle lanes and sidewalks on both sides of the street.

Construction continues until November

elizabeth street reconstruction map
Reconstruction will be completed in two phases, the first in 2015 and the second in 2016. Phase 1 commenced in late June and will continue until November 2015.

Traffic impacts and detours

Beginning July 6, eastbound traffic on Elizabeth Street will be detoured onto Victoria Road and York Road.  Westbound traffic will be maintained during the project.

Property access

Access to properties will be maintained for the duration of the construction work.

Waste collection

Waste collection will be maintained during the reconstruction. On collection days when access is restricted by construction operations, construction crews will place containers at an accessible location for collection. Please ensure that your address is clearly marked on your containers so they can be returned to you after collection.

Bike lanes

The addition of bike lanes is part of the 2013 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. It is part of the City of Guelph’s efforts to support sustainable transportation, relieve traffic congestion, and make roads accessible to all users including drivers, cyclists and pedestrians.

The City of Guelph appreciates your patience, understanding and co-operation during this important construction project.  Project details and updates are available on the City’s website at guelph.ca/construction.

For more information

Ken Mercer, Construction Inspector
Engineering and Capital Infrastructure Services
519-710-0043
ken.mercer@guelph.ca

Andrew Janes, P.Eng., Project Engineer Supervisor
Engineering and Capital Infrastructure Services
519-822-1260 extension 2338
andrew.janes@guelph.ca

Notice of open house: Woodlawn Road Multi-Use Path, July 8

Silvercreek Parkway to Nicklin Road

The City of Guelph is hosting an open house to present construction plans for a multi-use path to be constructed on Woodlawn Road West from Silvercreek Parkway to Nicklin Road.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015
Drop in hours: 5–7 p.m.
Unifor Local 1917, 611 Silvercreek Pkwy N RR 5

Why come to the open house?

This is your opportunity to view project information, including maps and schedules. We invite you to talk with City staff working on the project so that you can ask questions and clarify plans including traffic changes, timing and property access.

Construction starts in August

Construction is expected to begin in August 2015 and be completed by November 2015. During the construction of the multi-use path, traffic on Woodlawn Road West will be reduced to one lane east or west bound direction only.

About the project

woodlawn multiuse map

The City is constructing a multi-use path on Woodlawn Road on both the north and south side between the existing curb and property line from Silvercreek Parkway to Nicklin Road.

The construction includes placement of a three metre wide asphalt path for active transportation use. The design and implementation of the Woodlawn Road Multi-use path is consistent with the 2013 Cycling Master Plan. The master plan is a ten 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. It is part of the City of Guelph’s efforts to support sustainable transportation, relieve traffic congestion, and make mobility accessible to all road users. Adding a multi-use path on Woodlawn Road West will also help to create a route that accommodates all road users including public transit, cycling, pedestrians and vehicles.

The City of Guelph appreciates your patience and understanding as we complete this important infrastructure project.

For more information

Ike Umar, Project Manager
Engineering and Capital Infrastructure Services
519-822-1260 extension 2242
ike.umar@guelph.ca
guelph.ca/construction

Woodlawn Road from Speed River bridge to Victoria Road

(The following notice was distributed to properties in the area on May 13, 2015)

The project

woodlawn reconstruction map

Woodlawn Reconstruction Map

This project is being undertaken by Capital Paving Inc. as part of the City of Guelph Annual Asphalt program. The work will entail:

  1. Installation of new traffic signals at Inverness Drive
  2. removal and repair of concrete curbs
  3. removal of the existing asphalt by milling,
  4. raising manholes and re-paving of the asphalt surface, and
  5. line painting as required.

All work will be within the City road allowance.

Construction timeline

Construction is expected to start on or about May 19 and continue for approximately three weeks, weather permitting.

Traffic impacts

There will be lane closures during normal business hours (Monday to Friday between the hours of 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.) for the duration of the work. Flagmen will be present to direct traffic safely around the work zone. Some noise due to backup warning devices and equipment movement can be expected but the contractor will attempt to minimize such noise.

Property access and parking

The contractor will make every effort possible to maintain access to your driveway, but delays due to construction activities and equipment movement should be expected. All driveways will be restored at the end of each work day.

City services

Waste collection will not be impacted by the construction. Please continue to place your green, blue and grey carts at the curb as per your regularly scheduled time.

The City appreciates your patience, understanding and co-operation during this important construction project.

For more information about the Woodlawn Road project or if you require this document to be provided in an alternative format as per The Accessibility for Ontarian’s Disabilities Act, please contact:

Grant Ferguson
Manager of Technical Services
Engineering and Capital Infrastructure Services
519-822-1260 extension 2251
grant.ferguson@guelph.ca