Emma Street to Earl Street Bridge improvements Environment Assessment: Notice of Study Commencement

Municipal Class Environmental Assessment, Schedule B Environmental Study

Emma Street to Earl Street Bridge over the Speed River

The study

The City of Guelph has initiated a Class Environmental Assessment (EA) for a proposed pedestrian bridge connecting Emma Street to Earl Street over the Speed River. A bridge in this location is recommended in the Guelph Trail Master Plan (2005) to provide a connection to the Downtown Trail. The EA study will determine if a pedestrian bridge is needed at this location and if so, the style of bridge to be constructed. The site location and extent of the study area are shown on the map.

The process

The EA will be conducted as a Schedule ‘B’ project in accordance with the “Municipal Class Environmental Assessment” document (Municipal Engineers Association, October 2000, as amended in 2007, 2011 and 2015), under the Ontario Environmental Assessment Act. The process includes public and review agency consultation, an evaluation of alternatives, an assessment of potential environmental impacts of the proposed improvements, and identification of reasonable measures to mitigate any adverse impacts.

How to participate

Late this summer, neighbourhood businesses, residents, community members and interested parties will be invited to attend an open house to review and discuss the EA study. Details will be advertised in the Guelph Mercury Tribune and on guelph.ca and circulated to neighbourhood residents and businesses.

For more information

Please contact one of our project team members if you have questions or comments, or would like to be added to the project mailing list.

Information will be collected in accordance with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. With the exception of personal information, all comments will become part of the public record.

This notice first issued July 14, 2016.