Norwich Street Bridge improvements Environmental Assessment: Notice of Study Commencement

Municipal Class Environmental Assessment, Schedule B Environmental Study

Norwich Street Bridge improvements

The study

Area of construction on the Norwich Street Bridge

Area of construction on the Norwich Street Bridge

The City of Guelph has initiated a Class Environmental Assessment (EA) study for proposed improvements to the deteriorating Norwich Street Bridge. It’s currently closed to vehicle traffic and  serves as a pedestrian crossing. The study will address the community’s needs through a number of possible solutions, including: (1) rehabilitation; (2) replacement; (3) removal; and (4) a “do nothing” alternative that would result in the permanent closure of the bridge. The location and approximate 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 process (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 or early fall, local businesses and community members 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 the project web page on and circulated to neighbourhood residents and businesses.

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 5, 2016