Niska Road construction starts in March

Ptarmigan Road to west of the Speed River

Map shows area of Niska Road affected by construction between Ptarmigan Road and 100 metres west of the Speed RiverThe City of Guelph is starting construction on Niska Road from Ptarmigan Road to about 100m west of the Speed River. Construction includes the addition of a multi-use path for cyclists and pedestrians on the north side of Niska Road, new stormwater infrastructure, and four on-street parking spaces for natural area users.

Work starts March 27

Construction is expected to start on or about March 27 beginning with tree removals. Construction of the multi-use path and stormwater infrastructure will start in April and take about four months to complete.

Bridge construction is expected to start in August with final bridge and road construction work finished in summer 2019. The City will host an open house for the community before this work begins.

Niska closed from Pioneer Trail to the Speed River

Niska Road will be closed to all traffic, including pedestrians and cyclists, between Pioneer Trail and the Speed River for the duration of this work.

Restrictions are also expected for Niska Road from Ptarmigan Drive to Pioneer Trail to allow for installation of services although timing of this restriction has not yet been determined.

Pedestrian access

There is no pedestrian access through the construction area for the duration of the work. Pedestrian access will be restored via the multi-use path before bridge construction begins.

Tree removals

The City is removing 45 trees as part of the construction beginning in late March. Eleven of these trees are dead or in very poor condition and are being removed for safety reasons. Up to 54 additional trees may need to be removed as construction proceeds. The City will be working with arborists to take measures to protect all remaining trees throughout the construction.

Trees are being removed before the breeding bird season begins, and the City will plant new trees along the roadway once all construction is complete.

The City appreciates your patience, understanding and co-operation during this important construction project.

For more information

Ken VanderWal, P.Eng., Project Manager
Engineering and Transportation Services
519-822-1260 extension 2319
[email protected]