Weed control work along rail tracks May 27–28

May 9, 2019 — DBI Services will conduct weed control along Guelph Junction Railway tracks between Woodlawn Road and Victoria Road, excluding a section of tracks from Norwich Street East to just past Macdonell Street.

Weed control will take place overnight May 27–28 starting at 1 a.m. (rain date is May 28–May 29).

Trail impacts

As an added precaution, the Downtown Trail will be closed between Speedvale Avenue and Marcon Street for about 12 hours after the weed control is applied.

How we control weeds

There will be no weed control used in all areas within 60 metres (200 feet) of waterways. A distilled mixture of Torpedo, Overdrive and Round-up is used in all other areas. These substances have been evaluated by Health Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency to be safe and are approved for use in parking areas, schoolyards, parks, golf courses and other public areas.

43 KBMOECP-required notice regarding weed control, May 2019

Why we control weeds

Weeds and other plants that grow along railway tracks can:

  • cause fires
  • create poor drainage that leads to track damage or signal failures at road crossings
  • lead to longer train stopping distances and/or poor site lines at trail crossings and roadways

Plant removal keeps railway tracks safe and clear for inspections, repairs and maintenance to Transport Canada standards.


For more information

Les Petroczi
General Manager, Guelph Junction Railway