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 both the existing and future services for residents and businesses city-wide. For more information please see the background section at the bottom of this webpage.
The reconstruction program has been broken up into the following phases for implementation:
- 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 (anticipated start Spring 2023 – Summer 2024)
- Phase 4 – Victoria Road South to East City Limit (anticipated start April 2024 to Winter 2026)
The dates above are the City’s current estimate of when the works will be completed given the status of the individual projects. Please note that the above dates may change as new information becomes available.
Please refer to the sections below on the individual project phases for more detailed information.
Phase 3: Construction starts summer 2022
The City has tendered the York Road Phase 3 reconstruction project. Minor construction works may start in fall 2022 to prepare for the beginning of heavy construction works in spring 2023. Any work completed during the remainder of 2022 will be completed with partial lane closures. Vehicles will be able to drive through the project site during these partial lane closures.
A full road closure will be in effect in Spring 2023 once heavy construction works begin. During the full road closure, York Road will be closed in both directions. Access will be maintained as best as possible for residents living in and around the project site during construction.
Construction notices will be circulated to affected residents prior to construction starting.
To mitigate issues with traffic circulation the City will complete the project in two stages as described below and as depicted in the below phasing map.
Stage Phase 1 (Purple on the map) will include the York Road, from Stevenson Street South intersection to Brockville Ave and a localized area on Stevenson Street in-between Ferguson Street and the GJR tracks. The remainder of York Road Phase 3 alignment (east of Brockville Ave to Victoria Rd S) will be accessible during Stage 1.
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 do their best to maintain traffic access to all the side streets. To help facilitate this traffic circulation the contractor will build a temporary road between the end of Brockville Avenue and Hayes Avenue to allow traffic circulation to Hayes Avenue, Kingsmill Avenue, Menzie Avenue, Audrey Avenue and Lawrence Avenue via Florence Lane. Florence Lane will remain a one-way street so residents will have to come down Dodds Avenue or Brockville Avenue and use the temporary road to access Hayes to return home. The residents will have to leave their homes via Florence Lane. The City will be installing a temporary light at Florence Lane and Victoria to help with left turn movements.
This is the preliminary plan which will be confirmed once a contractor is retained. Modifications to the above-described plan may be required to facilitate construction. Once a contractor is selected a traffic circulation plan will be posted on this webpage.
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 the works 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.
This section of York Road is expected to be completed in three (3) construction seasons with construction work starting in early 2024 and being completed in late 2026.
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. Adding bike lanes to 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 project information to interested stakeholders. Open house notices are posted in the latest updates section below. Open house materials will be available online following the event.
For more information
Steven Di Pietro, Project Engineer
Engineering and Transportation Services
City of Guelph
519-822-1260 extension 2348