About the project
The City of Guelph has initiated a project for proposed improvements to Speedvale Avenue from Manhattan Court to Woolwich Street, including replacement of the existing bridge over the Speed River. Both the roadway and the bridge are nearing the end of their useful life and require replacement due to deterioration and increasing maintenance costs.
The City is planning to upgrade water and waste water infrastructure beneath Speedvale Avenue and will rebuild the roadway, sidewalks and curbs. The City is proposing to replace the bridge with a four-lane bridge to provide two vehicle lanes in each direction in keeping with current design standards.
The renewed roadway will accommodate four lanes of vehicular traffic. Due to limited available space and other constraints between Manhattan Court to Woolwich Street, there will be no bike lanes. Instead, the City will begin an Environmental Assessment for a bridge across the Speed River from the west end of Emma Street to the east end of Earl Street that pedestrians and cyclists can use.
The environmental assessment process
The Environmental Assessment (EA) was conducted as a Schedule ‘A+’ Project in accordance with the “Municipal Class Environmental Assessment” (Municipal Engineers Association, October 2000, as amended in 2007 and 2011) which is an approved process under the Ontario Environmental Assessment Act. The public consultation process was performed as a Schedule ‘B’ Project which includes public and review agency consultation, an evaluation of alternatives for the bridge replacement design only and an assessment of potential environmental effects of the proposed improvements. The EA was completed in June 2015.
A key component of the study is consultation with interested stakeholders and members of the public. The first Public Information was held on February 13, 2014 to review and discuss issues related to the project. The second Public Information was held on April 9, 2014 to present the preferred option and to obtain public feedback.
Virtual open house materials March-April 2021
For more information
Please contact our project team if you have questions, comments or would like to be added to the project mailing list.
Ike Umar, Project Manager
Engineering and Transportation Services
City of Guelph
1 Carden Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 3A1
519-822-1260 extension 2242
Information will be collected in accordance with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. With the exception of personal information, all comments will become part of the public record.