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Niska Road Bailey bridge to be reused in Canadian Armed Forces exercise

Guelph, Ont., January 31, 2018 – The Bailey bridge on Niska Road will be making a return to its roots. The bridge will be removed and reused by the Canadian Armed Forces for a training exercise. The Niska Road bridge, which will be replaced as part of the Niska Road improvements planned for 2019, will be removed by the Canadian Armed Forces over a four-day period in March. Site preparation will begin March 12, with the building removal exercise taking place 24-hours a day, Friday, March 16 through Monday, March 19. “The City is excited to see the bridge return to the Canadian Armed Forces,” says Ken VanderWal, Project Engineer with the City of Guelph. “This is a fantastic nod to the bridge’s former history… Continue reading Niska Road Bailey bridge to be reused in Canadian Armed Forces exercise

Niska Road and bridge improvements: open house results

At an open house on December 12, City staff presented the community with three bridge options for comment. Each option included two-lane traffic with a multi-use path on the north side, and was a variation of the pony-truss style bridge that originally stood on the site prior to its collapse in 1974. The community was also asked about traffic calming measures and truck exclusion options. The City is reviewing the feedback. Decisions regarding the replacement bridge and traffic calming measures will be announced when available. The City will be extending the truck exclusion zone on to the city limits at the bridge and monitoring for compliance. Additional measures for truck traffic will be considered as needed. Niska bridge reconstruction   Warren pony truss, 13% Bowstring arch… Continue reading Niska Road and bridge improvements: open house results

Niska Road bridge closed February 28

Niska Road bridge closed to drivers, cyclists and pedestrians Guelph, Ont., February 13, 2017—Due to safety concerns about structural integrity, the Niska Road bridge is being closed indefinitely to all traffic including drivers, pedestrian and cyclists. Signs alerting travelers to the closure will be posted on February 14. Barriers will be installed on both sides of the bridge on the morning of Tuesday, February 28. UPDATE, March 21, 2017—The City has received the Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, Glenn Murray’s, decision that a higher level of environmental assessment (EA) is not needed to move forward with the reconstruction of Niska Road and replacement of the bridge. The bridge will remain closed until construction of the new bridge is complete in 2019. All updates related to… Continue reading Niska Road bridge closed February 28

Niska Road bridge to be closed February 28 until further notice

Guelph, Ont., February 13, 2017—The City is closing Niska Road bridge to all traffic—drivers, pedestrians and cyclists—beginning February 28. The City is closing the bridge indefinitely due to safety concerns about the bridge’s condition and the unstable effects high spring water flows and heavy rainfall can have on the bridge’s main support structures (abutments). “We’ve been able to prolong the life of bridge by completing various repairs since a 2013 report indicated the bridge was failing,” noted Kealy Dedman, City Engineer. “At this point however, the condition of the abutments combined with coming spring and summer river flows pose too big a risk for us to keep the bridge open.” Pedestrians and cyclists are at as high a risk as drivers because the nature of… Continue reading Niska Road bridge to be closed February 28 until further notice