The Ward to Downtown bridges

The City of Guelph is in the final stages of preparing the detailed design for the Ward to Downtown Pedestrian Bridge (crossing the Speed River from St. Patrick’s Ward to downtown). We anticipate the construction to start in Spring 2023.

The Ward to Downtown Bridge was approved as part of the Downtown Secondary Plan and the Official Plan and is an opportunity to improve pedestrian safety in the area.

Environmental Assessment (EA) process

An Environmental Assessment (EA) was completed in July 2017 which evaluated alternatives for pedestrian bridges crossing the Speed River from St. Patrick’s Ward to downtown. The EA recommends that a bridge immediately south of the GJR tracks be implemented first to mitigate safety concerns that stem from residents using the railway bridge as a crossing. The proposed bridge will link a future trail from Duke Street over the river to Macdonell Street.

Latest updates


Final bridge concepts

Site plan

View from the South

Related Documents

Class Environmental Assessment Project File (Schedule B) – July 6, 2017Appendix A Heritage Appendix B Archeological Appendix C Scoped EISAppendix D Fluvial Geomorphic Appendix E ConsultationAppendix F NoticesAppendix G Comments Appendix H Drawings

For more information

Steven Di Pietro, Project Engineer
Engineering and Transportation Services
City of Guelph
519-822-1260 extension 2348
Mobile 226-820-0154
[email protected]