Willow Road watermain replacement and road reconstruction

Edinburgh Road to Applewood Crescent

About the project


Map of construction area in PDF formatThe City is replacing the existing water main (250mm) as a required improvement to the existing water distribution system. The final roadway reconstruction includes a lane reduction from four lanes to three, with the addition of on–road bicycle lanes from Edinburgh Road to Applewood Crescent. The addition of these bike lanes is a recommendation of the 2013 Cycling Master Plan and will provide an east–west connection between Silvercreek Parkway and Edinburgh Road. The bike lanes will also connect to the trail leading to Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School on Westmount Road.

Construction being phased

Construction began in August 2015. The first phase of the project, from Edinburgh Road to Guelph Street, will be completed in November. In order to avoid water main construction through winter when mains are at risk of freezing, construction on the section between Guelph Street and Applewood Crescent will resume in mid-April 2016 with completion expected by mid-August weather permitting.

Traffic access

Between November and April, Willow Road will be reopened fully with the roadway repaved in its current, four–lane format. Temporary repaving will allow for optimal winter road travel and snow clearing. Lane reductions will resume in spring when construction resumes. Once all water main replacement work is complete, the roadway will be reconstructed to three lanes with on–road bicycle lanes.

About bike lanes

The 2013 Cycling Master Plan is a 10-year strategy to make cycling easier, safer and more accessible in Guelph by building a connected network of on– and off–road bike facilities throughout Guelph. It is part of the City of Guelph’s efforts to support sustainable transportation, relieve traffic congestion, and make mobility accessible to all road users. Adding bike lanes will also help to make Willow Road a street that accommodates all road users, including public transit, cycling, pedestrians and vehicles.

The City of Guelph appreciates your patience and understanding as we complete this important infrastructure project.

For more information

Majde Qaqish, P.Eng.
Project Engineer
City of Guelph
519-822-1260 extension 2225