Gow’s Bridge Closure Update

Frequently Asked Questions about the closure of Gow’s Bridge…

Q:  Why is the bridge closed? 

A:   The bridge is closed to vehicles as result of the York Trunk Sewer and Paisley-Clythe Feedermain project.  This is a major infrastructure renewal project and the area under the roadway will be excavated and sewer, watermain and storm sewer replacement will occur. 

Q:  What exactly is the part that is closed?

A:   Only the section of McCrae Blvd on the NORTH side of the river is closed, technically speaking.  The bridge will remain open for south bound vehicles to exit Royal City Park and go over the bridge to Water Street.  This is a temporary reversal of the current one-way bridge traffic.

Q:  How long will the bridge be closed?

A:  The bridge and roadway will be closed until the end of November (REVISED).

Q:  Can cyclists and pedestrians use the bridge?

A:  Yes, the bridge is open so that cyclists and pedestrians can cross and then meet up with the Royal City Park trail between McCrae Blvd and Gordon Street (eastern portion of the park only).  The park trail between McCrae and Edinburgh is closed on the north side of the river.  The trail on the south side of the river is open.  

Q:   Is park access open on the north side of the river?

A:  Yes, the park access road on the north side of the river is open to pedestrians and cyclists — but only on the EAST side between McCrae and Gordon.

Q:  Where can I find further information?

A:  Go to the City website HERE for further information.

Here is a MAP of the traffic impacts.


Update on Winter Road Clean-up

A message from our Manager, Roads and Rights of Way:

Just a quick note to inform you of winter control housekeeping activity currently underway with regards to our residential roads.

As a result of the sustained cold temperatures and the intermittent continual snowfall received since our last residential plowout of January 15th, we have found it necessary to provide a “housekeeping type cleanup” of required areas of residential roads which have become congested with the gradual snow accumulation of 8cm.

This activity began yesterday and should be complete later today. This will allow us to be in a better position to receive the additional 4cm of snow being forecast into tonight as well as the anticipated 10 cm that is forecast for this coming weekend.

Sam Mattina
Manager, Roads / Right of Ways,

The Market Returns to MARKET SQUARE

It will be a different kind of Farmer’s Market in Guelph this Saturday! Please come out and show your support for our Farmer’s Market vendors!

Dedicated city staff have been working non-stop to prepare alternate space for the temporarily displaced Market.    City Hall (galleria and main floor meeting rooms) will become home to the Farmer’s Market until roof repairs allow for re-occupancy of the regular market building. In response to feedback from vendors, earlier reports that meat and produce vendors would be outdoors has changed — they will now be housed inside City Hall.

The City of Guelph media release follows:

Most Farmers’ Market vendors to be accommodated within City Hall

City finds a better alternative in response to vendor feedback yesterday.

GUELPH, ON, December 9, 2010 – Most Farmers’ Market vendors—including many meat and all produce vendors—will be able to sell their products in City Hall while roof repairs are undertaken to the market building at the corner of Gordon Street and Waterloo Avenue.

This update comes after more work by City staff to keep the market under one roof and accommodate as many vendors as possible during a temporary shut-down of the market building, and after the City announced Tuesday it would accommodate craft vendors within City Hall and produce vendors in the Wilson Street parking lot.

“Yesterday afternoon the Wellington Dufferin Guelph Public Health Unit confirmed that meat vendors can sell from within City Hall as long as they meet certain requirements,” says Derek McCaughan, the City’s Executive Director, Operations & Transit. “This means we’ll be able to accommodate many meat vendors and all produce vendors within City Hall rather than excluding them or having them sell from the Wilson Street parking lot.”

Raw meat vendors will still be able to come to market and sell their product provided it’s frozen or pre-packaged, which would make it compliant with health regulations. “This was well-received by some of the market’s meat vendors,” said McCaughan.

To accommodate more than 70 vendors, the City is making all of its ground floor meeting rooms available, along with the lobby of City Hall.

The City only learned of the extent of the risk associated with continuing to operate the Farmers’ Market from its original building last Wednesday, creating an urgent need to relocate the market. City staff has been working diligently ever since to find a solution that would allow the market to continue to operate in an alternate location.

The Guelph Farmers’ Market will be open and operating from within City Hall every Saturday beginning this week until repairs to the market building’s roof are complete.

The City continues to liaise with market vendors to inform them of changing information and provide details about the transition.

Repairs to the market building’s roof are expected to take eight to ten weeks.

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Derek McCaughan

Executive Director

Operations and Transit

T 519-822-1260 x 2018

E derek.mccaughan@guelph.ca

National Public Works Week Celebrated

To wrap up National Public Works Week (May 16 – 22),  the City of Guelph Operations division hosted a public open house at the Municipal Street facility today, as they do every year.

Despite the drizzle and chill in the air, the turnout was excellent.  And I can see why!  It is always an impressive display and a reminder of how many services are provided  — tree trimming, snow removal, street cleaning,  signage, traffic signals, parks groundskeeping and maintenance of a fleet of machines with names so fancy I don’t even know what to call them (ie. storm drain-sucking-vacuums and underground-sewer-videocameras).

My 12 year old was pretty impressed with the big machines, displays and technology.  He was able to try out a handheld ticketing device to issue a by-law infraction notice to himself.

And even city councillors learn something new every year.  This year I learned that the City of Guelph recycles all of the broken asphalt and concrete when it digs up roads.  The asphalt and aggregate are ground up and used again for other road building related uses.

Thank you to the Operations division staff for an excellent event, and for the less-than-glamorous work you do year-round to keep our city running smoothly and looking beautiful.


Spring Cleaning Underway

A Message from the City of Guelph Manager, Roads and Right of Ways:

Operations Roads Staff has transitioned into spring cleanup mode.

Winter control (Roads) shifts, days, nights and afternoons ceased over the Easter longhave changed from a three shift rotation schedule to a two shift schedule, days and afternoons, starting yesterday, Monday April 5.  Winter Control staffing has also been downsized in recent weeks with some staff returning to their normally assigned summer work areas of Drainage Operations, Signs and Traffic maintenance and Boulevard maintenance, with the remaining roads staff carrying out the spring road cleanup program.

With the recent favourable weather, the spring road cleanup is already well underway. Two, Operations Road Sweeper Units are on the roads currently concentrating on arterial and collector roads.  Staff is nearing completion of the curb faced sidewalk and traffic island sweeping throughout the city. The bulk residential sweeping activity will begin on Monday April 12, 2010 with the aid of a third party contractor. The contractor will provide an additional six road sweeper units and 3 road flushers to assist with the bulk cleanup.  The contractor being utilized for this work for the second year in a row is, A&G The Road Cleaners out of Bolton.

The spring road sweeping program will run Monday through Friday between 7:00am and 11;00pm.  The Contractor will work 8:00am to 6:00pm.  A map showing daily progress will be posted in the Roads Room in Operations.  A completion date of April 23 is targeted.

If you have any questions please contact me.


Sam Mattina | Manager

Roads/Rights of Way | Operations

City of Guelph

T 519-822-1260 x 2017  | F  519-821-0839

E sam.mattina@guelph.ca


December 24 Winter Snow Removal Status

An update from Murray Cameron, Operations Department:

On behalf of the Operations Department, I’d like to advise that our staffing and equipment resources are being tapped to assist with the prompt clean-up of this latest snow event.  The clearing of arterial and collector roads is well under way and as of 8:00am, a plow out of our residential streets commenced as snow accumulation has exceeded our 8cm standard.  We anticipate this task to take anywhere between 14 to 18 hours to complete, but may take up to 24 hours depending on resources especially during the Holiday Season.

Once the residential plow out has been completed, our forces will follow behind to spread traction material as required to complete that task. At the same time, priority sidewalks and hand-shoveling locations are being addressed. City owned facility lot clearing, remaining residential sidewalk plowing and hand clearing of city owned steps and bus stops will also take place accordingly. We anticipate this activity, including bus stop clearing, will be completed by December 27th. Hauling of snow in the Downtown area commenced Monday night and was completed last night, in anticipation of this snowfall.

Milder temperatures are forecast for tomorrow, so localized flooding may be realized.  We ask constituents who know the locations of their street catch basins to assist us by clearing them if possible. We thank you for your continued cooperation and patience during the execution of this storm cleanup.

Best regards and Happy Holidays,


Winter Snow Removal Measures

The month of December has delivered a higher than average snowfall.   We receive many calls about snow removal this time of year.   Rest assured – our city staff are working to keep our roadways clear and safe — before, during and after an anticipated snowfall.

A summary of the standard measures taken during a snowfall can be found at:


If you have questions or concerns about your neighbourhood, please do not hesitate to contact our Operations Department  at 519-837-5629 or operations@guelph.ca.
Happy Holidays and a Safe New Year to All!

Overnight On Street Parking Pilot Project

Council has approved a Pilot Project to allow on street overnight (2:00 am – 6:00 am). The pilot project will run from May 1 to November 1, when staff will report back on their findings (complaints, impediments, service issues, cost implications, etc.)

I believe Ward 5 will have some area-specific issues related to overnight parking issues. Namely, there are many lodging houses in the ward with inadequate parking for tenants.

Although I voted against the pilot project, I understand that the majority of Council are willing to give it a try. That’s democracy. We need public input to be able to assess (positively or negatively) the impact of the pilot project. If you have questions or concerns, please share your experience:


Phone: 519-836-PARK

Email: operations@guelph.ca


Email: piper.leanne@guelph.ca