Open house notice: Niska Road Bridge open house takes place July 5

Downey Road to City limits

The City of Guelph is hosting an open house to present plans for construction of the Niska Road Bridge, between Downey Road and the City limits.

Thursday, July 5, 2018
6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Fred A. Hamilton Public School
160 Ironwood Road,
Guelph, N1G 3R4

Why come to the open house?

Following the December 12, 2017 public open house, the City of Guelph will be starting construction of a Bowstring Arch Truss across the Speed River on Niska Road.

This is your opportunity to view the final project information, including maps and schedules, and to ask questions about traffic impacts and property access. You’re encouraged to provide comments and feedback to City staff and consultants at the open house.

About the project

The purpose of this open house is to present residents and members of the public with an opportunity to review reconstruction details, see the proposed construction schedule and learn about:

  • Potential impacts to abutting properties
  • Maintenance of traffic during construction
  • Access provisions during construction
  • What to expect during the course of construction

Environmental considerations

Tree Removal has previously taken place as part of the Niska Road Reconstruction. No further tree removal is anticipated at this time.

The City will be increasing the abutment span from 23.5 metres to 40 metres. This will result in reduced flow velocities and water depth immediately surrounding the bridge. This will not result in changes to sediment rates in area.

The current span of the bridge constrains the river within the vicinity of the bridge. The expanded crossing will permit the installation of naturalized banks and prevent the new abutments from being undercut.

The reduction of water speed will not alter the function of the naturally-occurring pool downstream that is home to fish species. In addition, no in-water work will be done from March 31 to July 1 in any given years to protect the local fish community during important life stages (i.e. spawning and rearing).

Sketch of planned bridge construction

A blueprint drawing of the bow string truss bridge for being installed on Niska Road. The bridge features two lanes, a bike lane on one side and a curved look.

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

For more information

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