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The York Road reconstruction program
The City of Guelph is completing the York Road reconstruction program to increase water, wastewater and multimodal transportation (pedestrians, cyclists and motorists) servicing for future City growth. The project will improve existing and future services for residents and businesses city-wide.
Construction will take place over several phases:
- Phase 1 – Wyndham to Ontario Street (completed in 2017)
- Phase 2 – Ontario Street to Stevenson Street South (completed in 2022)
- Phase 3 – Stevenson Street South to Victoria Road South (Spring 2023 – Winter 2024)
- Phase 4 – Victoria Road South to east city limit (anticipated start Summer 2025 to Winter 2028)
These dates are the City’s current estimate of when construction will be completed given the status of the individual projects. Please note these dates may change as new information becomes available.
All businesses in the area are open and access will be maintained during construction. How to access York Road businesses during construction.
Phase 3: Stevenson Street South to Victoria Road South
The City is working with Navacon Construction Inc. to complete the York Road Phase 3 reconstruction project.
To mitigate issues with traffic circulation the City will complete the project in two stages.
Stage 1: Road reconstruction from Stevenson Street to Brockville Avenue completed as of December 2023
The underground infrastructure work has been completed from Stevenson Street to Brockville Avenue. Surface restorations will continue in the spring however the stage one area will remain open.
Stage 1 (purple on the map) included York Road, from Stevenson Street South intersection to Brockville Avenue. The construction area on Stevenson Street between Ferguson Street and the Guelph Junction Railway (GJR) tracks is now open.
Stage 2: Road reconstruction from Brockville Avenue to Victoria Road to begin spring 2024
Stage 2 (blue on the map) will include construction from Brockville Avenue to Victoria Road. Areas affected during Stage 1 will be open during Stage 2.
During Stage 2 the contractor will maintain traffic access to all the side streets, as best they can. To help facilitate traffic circulation the contractor has built a temporary road between the end of Brockville Avenue and Hayes Avenue to provide access to Hayes Avenue, Kingsmill Avenue, Menzie Avenue, Audrey Avenue and Lawrence Avenue via Florence Lane. Florence Lane will remain a one-way street. Residents will have to use Dodds Avenue or Brockville Avenue to access Hayes Avenue on the temporary. Residents will have to leave their homes via Florence Lane. The City will install a temporary traffic signal at Florence Lane and Victoria Road to facilitate turning movements onto Victoria Road. The temporary signal will only be in place for Stage 2 work.
Once the underground infrastructure work is completed for Stage 2, final paving works will be completed for both Stage 1 and Stage 2 areas.
This is the preliminary plan and modifications may be required to facilitate construction. A traffic circulation plan will be posted on this webpage when it is available.
The City understands that the traffic impacts to residents caused by this work are inconvenient for everyone and appreciates all residents’ and drivers’ ongoing patience as we complete this necessary work.
The dates shown on the below phasing map are the City’s current estimate of when work will be completed but are subject to change.
Phase 4: Design work ongoing
Upgrades on York Road from Victoria Road South to the eastern city limit (east of Watson Road) are being designed. At this time a consultant has been retained and is working through a preliminary design. The design will be presented at an open house once the road alignment is finalized.
This section of York Road is expected to be completed in three construction stages with construction work starting in spring 2025 and being completed in late 2028. Utility relocation works may start during 2024.
As a truck and Guelph Transit route, York Road is a critical arterial road in Guelph. The York Road Environmental Assessment was completed to address travel needs along York Road. The Environmental Assessment identified the improvements to be made along York Road from Wyndham Street to the eastern City limit, east of Watson Road. The York Road environmental design study will identify the design options for improvements from Victoria to the eastern City limits.
The Cycling Master Plan is a 10-year strategy to make cycling easier, safer and more accessible in Guelph by building a connected network of on– and off–road bike facilities throughout Guelph. It is part of the City of Guelph’s efforts to support sustainable transportation, relieve traffic congestion, and make mobility accessible to all road users. Improvements along York Road will also help to accommodate all road users, including public transit, cycling, pedestrians and vehicles.
All construction notices, including timing updates and traffic changes will be posted at guelph.ca/construction and in the latest updates section below.
The City hosts open houses to provide detailed information about the project. Open house notices are posted in the latest updates section below. Open house materials will be available online following the event. Please visit Have Your Say for more information.
For more information
York Road Phase 3 (Stevenson to Victoria)
Samy Mohamed, C.E.T.
Contract Administrator, Engineering Technical Services
Engineering and Transportation Services
519-822-1260 extension 3960
Mobile 519 831-8390
Steven Di Pietro, Project Engineer
Engineering and Transportation Services
City of Guelph
519-822-1260 extension 2348
York Road Phase 4 (Victoria to east city limit)
Jackie Kay, MBA, P.Eng., PMP
Design and Construction, Engineering and Transportation Services
City of Guelph
519-822-1260, extension 2251