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Part 6 -- Construction update: Guelph



Three City of Guelph construction projects — two of them major projects — recently ended, with Guelph Transit resuming regular service along many routes. The projects affected service along Norfolk Street, Speedvale Avenue West and Wyndham Street South .


Norfolk Street

The City’s project to rebuild Norfolk Street has dominated downtown Guelph for much of the past year because Norfolk is a major north-south route through the City. During the project, the City installed sanitary sewers, watermains, storm sewers, curbs, gutters, sidewalks, decorative street lighting, streetscaping and bike lanes.

Guelph Transit has detoured many of its routes serving downtown Guelph — which means almost all of its bus routes — for large parts of the summer and fall during this project, which started on Monday, June 8.

Just before the recent holidays, at 3:20 p.m. on Wednesday, December 23, the City re-opened Norfolk to full traffic and Guelph Transit buses operating along the 3 Waterloo / Fife, 7 St. Joseph’s Hospital, 9 Stone Road Mall, 10 College / Niska, 22 Conestoga, 23 Paisley / Imperial, 24 Industrial, 51 Gordon and 54 Arkell routes finally resumed regular service.

Also on December 23, most routes returned to picking up and dropping off passengers at their regular platforms at St. George’s Square on Wyndham Street North at Quebec Street. Construction along Norfolk Street and further south on Wyndham Street South has resulted in most Guelph Transit buses using other stops since June.

You can see a new map of the stops for each route at St. George’s Square here. (.pdf)

Although Guelph Transit has not announced the change, the start of construction on Norfolk Street was the end of transit service along Carden Street between Wilson Street and Wyndham Street North. Buses operating along the 9 Stone Road Mall, 51 Gordon and 52 University / Kortright routes now operate northward along Wilson Street and westward along Macdonell Street on their trips toward St. George’s Square instead of along Carden.

Construction is finished for this year, but, Guelphites should expect more construction and more transit detours along Norfolk Street next year, as the City tackles the final leg of the project ny installing a traffic circle or “roundabout” at the “five corners” intersection — where Norfolk Street meets Norwich and Woolwich Streets.


Speedvale Avenue West

The smallest of the three City projects — to rebuild part of Speedvale Avenue West, west of the Hanlon Expressway — started on Monday, November 1.

Buses operating along the 22 Conestoga route resumed regular service on Friday, December 18.


Wyndham Street South

The City installed new storm sewers, gutters, sidewalks, traffic signals, decorative street lighting, asphalt and bicycle lanes during its project to rebuild the street between Carden and Farquhar Streets. The project started on Monday, September 28.

Construction ended — for this year — on Tuesday, December 22 and buses operating along the 10 College / Niska and 4 York Road routes resumed regular service.

Next year, the City will replace the 105-year-old railway bridge carrying the tracks of the Canadian National Railways and the Goderich - Exeter Railway’s Guelph subdivision across Wyndham Street South, so Guelph Transit passengers should expect similar detours for the buses in 2010. (The railway bridge will also carry GO Transit trains between downtown Kitchener and downtown Toronto, possibly in 2011.)