The Ward to Downtown bridges

The City of Guelph has initiated an Environmental Assessment (EA) for two cycling and pedestrian bridges across the Speed River. The City is assessing locations bound by Wellington Street East, Macdonell Street, the Guelph Junction Railway (GJR) tracks, and Arthur Street.

The City is proposing two bridges—one immediately south of the Guelph Junction Railway tracks. This will link a future active transportation trail along the tracks from Macdonell to Huron streets through St. Patrick’s Ward. Construction of this bridge will start in spring 2022.

A second pedestrian bridge is proposed within the study area located further south along the Speed River. This bridge would address an anticipated increase of pedestrian and cycling traffic from the Metalworks condominium development on Arthur Street and other anticipated developments to the east.

Community engagement

Following the original Notice of Study Commencement, the study team held an open house on September 21, 2016 to discuss potential locations for the bridge.
Open House display boards – September 21, 2016
On March 21, 2017, a second open house was given to discuss progress of the Environmental Assessment and to provide feedback on the suggested alternative locations for the bridges.
Open House display boards – March 21, 2017
On April 12, 2018, a third open house was held to share bridge options for the bridge south of the Guelph Junction Railway tracks.
Open House display boards – April 12, 2018

Final bridge concepts

In November 2018, the final bridge concepts were released to the community for review and feedback.

Site plan

View from the South

Entry Plaza and Bridge Plan

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. This project is now in the implementation phase of the EA. The proposed bridge will link a future trail from Duke Street over the river to Macdonell Street.


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]