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Niska Road area environmental studies underway

Guelph, Ont., April 27, 2017—The City of Guelph has started planned field studies required to inform the final design of the Niska Road and bridge reconstruction. Wildlife, plant, geological and hydrogeological surveys and testing are being completed as follows: Amphibian call and movement surveys (April to June and October) Snake basking surveys (April-May) Turtle surveys (April-July) Bat habitat surveys (April and June) Other wildlife surveys (April-October) Speed River water sampling (April and October) Breeding bird surveys (May-July) Wetland plant surveys (May, July and September) Geological and hydrological testing and monitoring (May-October) Background The City of Guelph completed a Class Environmental Assessment (EA) study to investigate opportunities for improvements to Niska Road from the Downey Road to the city limits. The City received approval to proceed… Continue reading Niska Road area environmental studies underway

City gets green light to proceed with Niska Road and bridge improvements

Province confirms additional environmental assessment not required Guelph, ON, 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.  “We’re very pleased Minister Murray is satisfied with the level of environmental assessment we’ve undertaken to thoroughly study the Niska Road area and fully understand our community’s concerns,” says Kealy Dedman, the City’s General Manager and City Engineer. “We’re now ready to proceed with the much needed improvements to Niska Road that support Guelph’s safe and efficient transportation system.” “This project was originally approved by Council in December 2015. We were then, and… Continue reading City gets green light to proceed with Niska Road and bridge improvements

City responds to formal requests for additional assessment of Niska Road

Regular monitoring of bridge continues Guelph, Ont., April 18, 2016—The City filed its response today to the Part II Order requests made to the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) for the Niska Road Class Environmental Assessment (EA). A Part II Order request asks for a higher level of assessment and can be requested once the EA notice of completion has been issued. The City originally issued the notice of completion for the Niska Road EA on February 11, 2016, then extended the 30-day review period after one set of review document copies were moved to a new location. The public had until March 30 to file a Part II order request; two requests were filed with the Minister’s office. “We’ve provided the… Continue reading City responds to formal requests for additional assessment of Niska Road

City’s Niska Road study documents available for public review

Guelph, ON, February 12, 2016—The City of Guelph has publicly issued the Niska Road improvements Notice of Completion for the Schedule ‘C’ Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (EA) . As part of the process all the EA study documents are now available for public review by the community and regulatory agencies, including the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change, for 30 days from the date of the notice. The Environmental Study Report is online at guelph.ca/niskaroad and paper copies are available at City Hall, the Main (downtown) Branch of the Guelph Public Library, and the YMCA-YWCA near Downey Road and the Hanlon Expressway. Written comments can be provided to the City by March 11. If concerns arise that cannot be resolved through discussion with the City, a… Continue reading City’s Niska Road study documents available for public review

City Council approves Niska Road reconstruction, bridge replacement; not signalized intersection

Consultation will be conducted for the detailed design phase of the bridge. Guelph, ON, December 4, 2015—At a six-hour meeting that began Thursday and concluded shortly after midnight on Friday, City Council approved the staff recommendation to complete the Schedule ‘C’ Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (EA) process and proceed with the reconstruction of Niska Road from Downey Road to the City limits on the west side of the Bailey bridge over the Speed River, and the construction of a two-lane bridge over the Speed River. Council did not however approve the signalization of the intersection at Niska Road and Downy Road. Council further directed staff to develop a public consultation process for use during the detailed design of the bridge that includes elements to address… Continue reading City Council approves Niska Road reconstruction, bridge replacement; not signalized intersection

City to present Niska Road, bridge report to Council December 3

Guelph, ON, November 19, 2015—The City of Guelph is presenting Council with a report on the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (EA) for improvements to Niska Road, including the bridge over the Speed River. The EA report will be shared in a special Council meeting at City Hall on Thursday, December 3 at 6 p.m. “At this point the EA has been completed and staff are presenting the results to Council with the preferred options identified through the EA process,” noted Don Kudo, Deputy City Engineer. “Throughout this lengthy process, the consultants heard from many stakeholders—from the local neighbourhood to neighbouring townships—and are recommending an option that meets the safety and transportation needs of the city.” Environmental assessments evaluate options using multiple criteria including the natural… Continue reading City to present Niska Road, bridge report to Council December 3

City to present Niska Road, bridge designs September 10

Guelph, ON, September 4, 2015—The City of Guelph is asking for community feedback on proposed designs for Niska Road and the bridge over the Speed River. A drop-in style open house will be held from 5 to7 p.m. on Thursday, September 10 in the Kortright Presbyterian Church gymnasium at 55 Devere Drive. City Staff and consultants from R.J. Burnside and Associates Limited will be on hand to answer questions and speak with community members. “We’ll share the results of environmental studies and the design concepts we evaluated, and discuss the preferred designs for Niska Road, the bridge and the intersection at Downey Road,” noted Don Kudo, Deputy City Engineer. “We hope people from the local community and beyond will come out and join us.” Segments… Continue reading City to present Niska Road, bridge designs September 10

Niska Road Class EA Public Information Centre: September 10, 2015

Notice of Public Information Centre #2 Municipal Class Environmental Assessment Study Niska Road Improvements from the City Limits at the Speed River to the Downey Road Intersection The study The City of Guelph (City) is undertaking a Class Environmental Assessment (EA) study to investigate opportunities for improvements to Niska Road from the City limits to Downey Road. Segments of the roadway and the bridge over the Speed River are nearing the end of their useful life and require a solution to address their deterioration and increasing maintenance costs. In addition to reviewing several alternative solutions for the road, improvements to the Downey Road intersection, and impacts to the environment and community road safety issues, a range of alternative bridge solutions have been examined. The approximate… Continue reading Niska Road Class EA Public Information Centre: September 10, 2015

Niska Road bridge to be closed for repairs April 20–May 1

Guelph, ON, April 14, 2015—Following a recent inspection, deck boards on the Niska Road bridge will be replaced beginning April 20. These repairs will keep the bridge in service while the City completes the Environmental Assessment and determines a permanent solution for Niska Road and the bridge. “During regular spring road patrols, City staff noticed flaws in the deck boards on the Niska Road bridge,” noted Kealy Dedman, General Manager Engineering and Capital Infrastructure Services. “A bridge management consultant was hired to assess damage to the deck and recommended replacement of the boards.” Temporary repairs were completed on March 9 and April 1, 2015. The bridge will be closed for repairs from April 20 to May 1, 2015. During the bridge closure and repairs, the… Continue reading Niska Road bridge to be closed for repairs April 20–May 1

Questions and answers about the Niska Road and bridge Environmental Assessment

The City of Guelph has initiated a Class Environmental Assessment study to investigate opportunities for improvements to Niska Road from the Downey Road to the City Limits. Segments of the roadway and the bridge over the Speed River are nearing the end of their useful life and require a solution to address their deterioration and increasing maintenance costs. In addition to reviewing a variety of road cross-sections, improvements to the Downey Road intersection, impacts to the environment and community road safety issues, a range of bridge solutions were examined including, but not limited to, bridge closure, rehabilitation or replacement. Why is the City recommending upgrades to Niska Road including the bridge? The current structural inspection of the Niska Road bridge concluded that a number of bridge… Continue reading Questions and answers about the Niska Road and bridge Environmental Assessment

Niska Road Class EA Public Information Centre: November 27, 2014

Notice of Public Information Centre #1 Municipal Class Environmental Assessment study Niska Road Improvements from the City Limits at the Speed River to the Downey Road Intersection The study The City of Guelph (City) is undertaking a Class Environmental Assessment (EA) study to investigate opportunities for improvements to Niska Road from the City limits to Downey Road. Segments of the roadway and the bridge over the Speed River are nearing the end of their useful life and require a solution to address their deterioration and increasing maintenance costs. In addition to reviewing several alternative solutions for the road, improvements to the Downey Road intersection, and impacts to the environment and community road safety issues, a range of alternative bridge solutions have been examined. The approximate extent… Continue reading Niska Road Class EA Public Information Centre: November 27, 2014

City reissues notice of commencement for Niska Road improvements

Guelph, ON, October 17, 2013 – The City has reissued the Notice of Commencement for the Niska Road improvements project. Earlier this year, the City initiated a Class Environmental Assessment (EA) study to investigate opportunities for improvements to Niska Road from the City limits to Ptarmigan Drive. After receiving input from the community through initial public consultations and examining the corridor challenges, the City decided to elevate the level of Class EA to a Schedule C Project and extend the study area from Ptarmigan Drive to Downey Road. As part of the study process, members of the public are invited to participate in a Community Working Group. “Members of the working group will have an opportunity to participate in discussions regarding all aspects of this… Continue reading City reissues notice of commencement for Niska Road improvements