Speedvale underpass trail

Trans Canada Trail expansion to the west side of Riverside Park

The Guelph community has expressed a desire to include an underpass at the Speedvale Bridge and a trail extension that would connect the Trans Canada Trail to Riverside Park on the west side of the Speed River.

On November 27, 2017, Council gave staff the direction to report back to Council in 2018 on alternative trail design options within the identified study area on the west side of the river. Alternative trail design options would have no minimum design criteria and would need to comply with the Official Plan, Zoning By-law and any provincial legislation.

9 MBSpeedvale Underpass staff report (Page 51)

Open house

On September 13, staff held an open house to share the outcome of their work and present a design concept to the community.

The information presented included a recommended trail alignment of the north and south trail sections, the underpass and a potential interim solution. Attendees were invited to provide their feedback.

6 MBOpen house display panels 5 MBOpen house powerpoint presentation
97 MBInvestigated options



6 MBSpeedvale Avenue Bridge – Trails Linkage Project presentation – June 21, 2017 753 KBSpeedvale Avenue Bridge Trails Linkage Project: Scoped Environmental Impact Study report, August 4, 2017


2 MBFigure1: Study Area Ecological Land Classification, Aquatic Sampling and Trail Alignments 2 MBFigure 2A: South Side Trail Options1 and 2 2 MBFigure 2B: South Side Trail Options 3 and 4 2 MBFigure 2C: North Side Trail Options1 and 2 2 MBFigure 3: Significant Wildlife 2 MBFigure 4: Butternut Locations and Trail Allignments 783 KBFigure 5: Speedvale Bridge Preliminary General Arrangement, June 2013


7 MBPreliminary Trail Option – August 4, 2017


14 MBAppendix 1: Terms of Reference and comments 740 KBAppendix 2: Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry request for information 18 KBAppendix 3: Site Investigation Details 2 MBAppendix 4: Ecological Land Classification Data sheets 267 KBAppendix 5: Vascular Plant List 48 KBAppendix 6: Background Wildlife List 41 KBAppendix 7: Breeding bird results and evidence codes 132 KBAppendix 8: Significant Wildlife Habitat Assessment 192 KBAppendix 9: Species at Risk Habitat Assessment 647 KBAppendix 10: Aquatic Assessment 120 KBAppendix 11: Grand River Conservation Authority Fish Records 97 KBAppendix 12: Glossary of Terms and Impact Ratings 701 KBAppendix 13: Tree Inventory impact analysis and comparison of options (R2) 6 MBAppendix 14: City of Guelph Staff Report 306 KBAppendix 15: Butternut Hybridity Test Results 4 MBAppendix 16: Speedvale Avenue Trail Geomorph AquaLogic, May 22, 2017 12 MBAppendix 17: Geotechnical Investigation and Speedvale Slope Stability Assessment 4 MBAppendix 18: Retaining Wall Structural Assessment Report (Draft) 10 MBAppendix 19: Draft Hydraulic Assessment 5 MBAppendix 19: Drawing 1, Existing bridge versus proposed bridge comparison 5 MBAppendix 19: Drawing 2,  Trail North 1 and South 1, 2, 3 and 4 options 5 MBAppendix 19: Drawing 3, Trail North 2 and South 1, 2, 3 and 4 options

For more information

Jyoti Pathak, Park Planner
Open Space Planning, Parks and Recreation
City of Guelph
519-822-1260 extension 2431