Norwich Street pedestrian bridge improvements ready for public review

Picture shows Norwich Street footbridge in winter

Guelph, Ont., September 21, 2017—The City of Guelph has issued the Notice of Completion for the Norwich Street pedestrian bridge Schedule ‘B’ Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (EA) today, and released the study documents for public review.

The EA recommendations for the Norwich Street pedestrian bridge are to install a new crossing over the Speed River within the existing trusses. This alternative gives the City the greatest opportunity to improve safety for pedestrians, while also maintaining some of the key architectural features of the 134-year-old bridge.

The estimated cost to upgrade the pedestrian bridge is approximately $900,000. Funding for both the design and construction of the project has already been identified in the City’s capital budget forecast. Final 2018 budget approvals will made by Council during upcoming budget deliberations.

The project file report has been posted online at, and paper copies are available for review in the Clerk’s Office at Guelph City Hall and at the main (downtown) branch of the Guelph Public Library. Written comments can be provided to the City by October 23, 2017.

About the Norwich Street pedestrian bridge

The City initiated the EA in 2016 to identify and recommend a plan for the popular footbridge. The alternatives considered included rehabilitation, replacement, removal and permanent closure without removal.

For more information about the Norwich Street Bridge EA and recommended improvements to the bridge, please visit