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The City of Guelph is currently exploring options to repair or replace the retaining wall located near the Clara Street pedestrian access. The most recent inspection of the retaining wall showed signs of further decline. Barriers have been placed along the wall from 112 to 172 Grove Street as a safety measure and to reduce the risk of further wall damage that could impact traffic lanes in the area.
In addition to monitoring the condition of the retaining wall, the City has completed a condition assessment of the underground utilities. Due to the age and condition of the underground utilities, full road reconstruction is recommended for this section of Grove Street.
Key project improvements
- Upgrade the existing storm sewer, sanitary sewer and water mains.
- Replace existing sanitary and water services from the new mains to the property line.
- Install curb and gutter, and sidewalks.
- Upgrade the asphalt roadway.
- Reconstruct the retaining walls.
Map of construction area
Parking and snow removal
Why can’t we park beside the wall?
Why did the on-street parking side change?
- Should the retaining wall fail, the City does not want debris that may potentially overtop the wall to land on parked cars, and
- to maximum the travel lane, we want passenger doors to open over a curb instead of against a concrete barrier.
Where can I park?
Neighborhood on street parking map
What should I do when it snows?
Following an extreme snowfall:
The City calls a plow out to remove snow from all streets. To help us clear City streets quickly and safely, please avoid parking on the street for at least 48 hours after a snowfall. This allows our plows to widen streets as much as possible and better accommodate driving and parking during the winter.
As in previous winters, on-street parking restrictions will apply to Grove Street to allow for the safe operation of snow removal and emergency vehicles.
Starting on December 1 at 2 a.m. until April 1 at 2 a.m. on-street parking is not permitted between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m. unless otherwise posted.
Works on Grove Street will be completed in several phases:
- 2023 – Phase 1, pre-design
- 2024 – Phase 2, detailed design
- 2025 – Phase 3, construction
Funds have been allocated to cover the first phase of this project scheduled for 2023. Costs associated with Phase 2 and Phase 3 of this project will be considered during the City’s multi-year budget process.
For more information
Cengiz Cakmak, Project Engineer
Engineering and Transportation Services