Niska Road improvements open house information

Image shows deteriorating abutment of the Niska Road bridge

The Niska Road improvements open house was held on December 12, 2017.

The following materials were shared at the open house:

You may submit comments on the information presented until Friday, December 22, 2017. Submit your comments by:

  • Filling in, scanning and emailing the comment sheet in the above linked comment sheet to
  • Sending an email with your comments included in the body to or
  • Mailing in the completed comment form to the attention of Ken VanderWal at City Hall, 1 Carden Street, Guelph, Ontario N1H 3A1

Please include your name and address on the forms.

About the project

The City of Guelph initiated a Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (EA) to investigate opportunities to improve Niska Road from Ptarmigan Drive to the City limits. Segments of the road and bridge over the Speed River are deteriorating. The Environmental Assessment was completed in December 2015. Some of the recommendations presented at the open house include:

  • Three options for the bridge design, related to the completed Heritage Impact Assessment (HIA)
  • Consideration of traffic calming measures for the road design
  • Options for truck traffic exclusion

Timelines for Niska Road construction

Niska Road improvements will be completed in three phases. The road is planned to reopen in early 2019, weather and schedules permitting.

Phase one will consist of the reconstruction of Niska Road from Ptarmigan Drive to approximately 40 metres east of the existing Niska Road bridge. This stage is expected to start in the spring of 2018 with completion by August 2018.

Phase two will involve the replacement of the existing Niska Road bridge with a new two-lane bridge that incorporates a bike and pedestrian path as per the recommendations of the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment and the Niska Road Heritage Impact Assessment. The existing Bailey-style bridge will be salvaged re-purposed in the Guelph community as per the City of Guelph Council directive in December 2016.

Phase three will see the completion of the project, including final surface paving, completion of the bridge and tree planting.

All construction notices, including timing updates and traffic changes, will be posted in the latest updates section of the project page.

Additional resources

Niska Road open house boards
Niska Road profile
Niska bridge design options

For more information

Ken VanderWal, P.Eng., Project Engineer
Engineering and Transportation Services
City of Guelph
519-822-1260 extension 2319