New traffic signals and system upgrades will improve travel in Guelph

Guelph, Ont., January 26, 2018 – The City’s plans for improving traffic flow in 2018 will make it safer and more efficient for people walking, biking and driving in Guelph. Traffic, pedestrian signals and real-time traffic cameras are being added or upgraded around the city.

Any temporary traffic or pedestrian disruptions resulting from these improvements will be posted on guelph.ca/construction.

New pedestrian signals

New pedestrian signals are being added at two locations in 2018:

New traffic signals

New traffic signals are being added at the intersection of Victoria Road South at Frederick Drive in 2018.

Traffic signal upgrades

Traffic signal upgrades include replacing old signal equipment and wiring. The City will be upgrading traffic signals at:

  • Woolwich Street at Powell Street
  • Woodlawn Road West at Imperial Road North
  • Gordon Street at Stone Road
  • Woodlawn Road at Woolwich Street

Road and foot traffic counts

The City is installing traffic cameras on Gordon Street at Stone Road, and on Woodlawn Road at Woolwich Street to count traffic, pedestrian and cyclist volumes. The cameras, which are the first in the City, will be installed on traffic signal poles and record data as traffic passes by.

Cameras provide a live video stream of real-time traffic conditions that will help City staff refine signal timing for both normal use and use during traffic interruptions such as during construction or special events. Traffic cameras are not used for surveillance; video is not recorded or stored.

Accessible pedestrian signals

All new or upgraded traffic and pedestrian signals must have accessible pedestrian signals installed to meet the requirements of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005. Accessible pedestrian signals have added features to help pedestrians who are visually or hearing impaired cross roads safely.

In 2018, City staff plan to install or upgrade accessible pedestrian signals at 40 locations across the city.

Pedestrian countdown signals

Pedestrian countdown signals provide a countdown to the traffic signal change  and help pedestrians to decide if they have enough time to safely cross a road based on their personal mobility.

In 2018, City staff plan to upgrade existing pedestrian signal heads at about 80 locations throughout the city.

Resources

2018 Traffic Control Signal Program Information Report

Media Contact

Steve Anderson, Supervisor Traffic Engineering
Engineering and Transportation Services
City of Guelph
519-822-1260 extension 2037
steve.anderson@guelph.ca