Open house: Community feedback needed for Niska Road reconstruction

Ptarmigan Drive to City limits

The City of Guelph is hosting an open house to present plans for construction on Niska Road between Ptarmigan Drive and the City limits west of the Niska Road Bridge. Work includes the reconstruction of Niska Road from Ptarmigan Drive to the City limits at the Speed River as per the approved Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (EA), filed on December 3, 2015. The EA was approved on March 21, 2017 by the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC).

Tuesday, December 12, 2017
5:30—8:30 p.m.
Kortright Hills Public School, Library
23 Ptarmigan Drive, Guelph

Why come to the open house?

This is your opportunity to view project information, including map and schedules, and ask questions about traffic impacts and access to properties. The presentation will also include:

  • An overview of the environmental studies which will impact the design process
  • Update on the recommendations of the Heritage Impact Assessment (HIA)
  • Preliminary concepts for the new Niska Road Bridge (the first of two meetings for the Bridge)
  • Proposed schedule for construction, permits and environmental timing permitting

We encourage residents to provide comments and feedback to City staff and consultants at the open house.

About the project

The City of Guelph initiated a Municipal Class EA to investigate opportunities to improve Niska Road from Downey Road to the City limits. Segments of the road and bridge over the Speed River are deteriorating. The EA was completed in December 2015. Some of the recommendations included:

  • Reconstructing Niska Road as an urban cross section from Ptarmigan Drive to the City limits.
  • The Niska Road Bridge is to be constructed as a two-lane Bridge with considerations made for pedestrians and cyclists.

Niska Road Council Resolutions (Thursday, December 3, 2015)

  • Council requests that staff develop a public consultation process for the detailed design phase of the Niska Road Bridge that includes elements to address truck traffic and vehicle speeds.
  • Staff are also directed to refer the Heritage Guelph recommendation to designate the Niska Road/Hanlon Creek Conservation precinct as a cultural heritage landscape to the IDE Committee for consideration of bringing forward a notice of intent to designate.
  • In addition, staff were directed to preserve the superstructure of the current Bailey Bridge and work with heritage Guelph and the Township of Puslinch to bring forward a recommendation for relocation/recycling of the bridge to a new location.

Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) recommendations

  • The City is required to complete a Heritage Impact Assessment and provide all considered comments from with the Ministry of Tourism Culture and Sport to the Director, Environmental Approvals Branch prior to the start of construction.
  • The City must provide interested community members the Final Impact Assessment prior to the design state and post the final Heritage Impact Assessment to the project page so the public can review it.
  • The City will document any feedback it receives from the community on cultural heritage and how they were considered in the detailed design and provide it to the Director, Environmental Approvals Branch before the start of construction.
  • The City will share the plans and consult the community on integrating bike lanes into the final design during the open house. Including bike lanes into the final design is a requirement by the MOECC and the City is required to share why the final design
  • As part of planned consultation during detailed design, the proponent shall consult on the integration of cycling lanes into the final design.
  • The City must also submit the final design for the project, the rationale for the final design and documentation on public consultation to the Director of the Environmental Approvals Branch before construction takes place.

Preliminary Bridge Designs

The first option for the Niska Road Bridge shows a truss replacement option that combines historic features currently used on the Bailey Bridge with modern additions such as weathered steel.

Option one for the Niska Road Bridge.

Option two for the Niska Road Bridge features a modified bowstring bridge replacement that is rounded on the top.

Option two for the Niska Road Bridge.

Option three for the Niska Road bridge.

Option three for the Niska Road bridge.

Preliminary Road Section

A look at the early drawings for Niska Road from Ptarmigan Drive to the city limits.

A look at the early drawings for Niska Road from Ptarmigan Drive to the city limits.

The City of Guelph appreciates your patience and understanding as we complete this important infrastructure project. For more information about this project, including updates, please visit guelph.ca/construction.

For more information

Ken VanderWal, P.Eng., Project Engineer
Engineering and Capital Infrastructure Services
City of Guelph
519-822-1260 extension 2319
ken.vanderwal@guelph.ca