Guelph, Ont., June 29, 2016 – The City of Guelph is set to begin construction July 4 on York Road. The road will be closed from Wyndham Street South to Ontario Street for about three months to replace underground infrastructure and upgrade the road pavement.
“We’re pleased to start on improvements to York Road—a vital transportation route in our city—that will better accommodate bus and truck traffic and active transportation pursuits along the new bike lanes and multi-use path,” said City engineer, Kealy Dedman.
The Province is funding up to $2.6 million of the $4 million project, through the Connecting Links program. The program provides financial support to municipalities to repair roadways and bridges that connect communities to border crossings and provincial highways.
One lane of the road will reopen in October and construction work will continue until December. Local access will be maintained throughout the project.
The City is working with Drexler Construction Limited to replace the water and sewer pipes, the curb and gutter, sidewalks, driveway aprons, pave 850 metres of asphalt and add bike lanes. The road’s current two lane configuration will be maintained. A multi-use path on the south side and cycling lanes on the north side of the road will be added.
Guelph Transit Route 4 York will be temporarily detoured during a portion of the construction. Detour information will be posted on guelphtransit.ca when available.
Project details and updates are available on the City’s website at guelph.ca/construction.
About infrastructure sustainability in Guelph
In 2012, the City prepared a Sustainable Infrastructure Report that identified sustainable funding levels, funding gaps, and funding backlogs for water, wastewater, storm, and transportation infrastructure. This infrastructure includes the pipes that move water to and from Guelph homes and businesses, and the roads and sidewalks that connect our neighbourhoods. The difference between the annual cost to sustain this infrastructure and the approved funds from the 2012 operating and capital budgets was a gap of $25.4 million. The City is working on solutions to address this gap, and government funding is part of the solution that will help municipalities, including Guelph, continue to close this gap.