The Ward to Downtown bridge

Early in 2023, the City of Guelph awarded the contract for construction of the Ward to Downtown Pedestrian Bridge (crossing the Speed River from St. Patrick’s Ward to downtown).

Due to unforeseen challenges, the City is pausing and taking steps to further evaluate the Ward to Downtown bridge project. The construction contract for the project has been cancelled.

The City is in the process of evaluating next steps and will share more information on the future status of this initiative to enhance connectivity to the downtown core in the coming months.


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 is intended to link a future trail from Duke Street over the river to Macdonell Street. Please see the below related documents related to the EA.

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Related documents

Class Environmental Assessment Project File (Schedule B) – July 6, 2017Appendix A Heritage Appendix B Archeological Appendix C Scoped Environmental Impact StudyAppendix 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]