The City of Guelph has initiated several Class Environmental Assessment (EA) studies for proposed pedestrian bridges over the Speed River. These include connecting Emma Street to Earl Street, a future active transportation trail along the GJR tracks from Macdonell to Huron Streets through St. Patrick’s Ward, a bridge connecting the Metalworks development and downtown, and proposed improvements to the deteriorating Norwich Street Bridge.
Emma Street to Earl Street
A bridge in this location is recommended in the Guelph Trail Master Plan (2005) to provide a connection to the Downtown Trail. The EA study will determine if a pedestrian bridge is needed at this location and if so, the style of bridge to be constructed.
Pedestrian bridges over Speed River linking St. Patrick’s Ward to downtown
There are two proposed bridge crossings over the Speed River. The study area is bound by Wellington Street East, Macdonell Street, Guelph Junction Railway (GJR) tracks, Arthur Street South, and includes an area approximately 90 metres south of the existing GJR tracks.
The City is proposing to construct one of the bridges immediately south of the GJR tracks to link a future active transportation trail along the GJR tracks from Macdonell to Huron Streets through St. Patrick’s Ward. A second pedestrian bridge is proposed within the study area located further south along the Speed River to address anticipated increased pedestrian and cycling traffic generated from the Metalworks condominium Development on Arthur Street South and other anticipated developments to the east.
Provide feedback via an online survey using MindMixer. Through the survey the City is looking to better understand what locations are preferred, how the bridges will be used, and any impacts the bridges may have on individuals or the neighbourhood. The survey closes September 25.
Norwich Street Bridge Improvements
The City is proposing 4 options for the deteriorating Norwich Street Bridge: Rehabilitation, Replacement, or Removal or Permanent closure. It’s currently closed to vehicle traffic and serves as a pedestrian crossing. The Bridge, which is a designation heritage feature of the riverscape, was built in 1882.