Guelph hosts virtual open house for Norwich Street Pedestrian Bridge reconstruction project

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The City of Guelph is hosting a virtual open house to present plans to reconstruct the Norwich Street Pedestrian Bridge, located between Arthur Street and Cardigan Street. Work includes removal of the closed non-heritage pedestrian bridge, cleaning and painting of the iron trusses of the heritage bridge, construction of a new self-supporting bridge between the heritage trusses, repairs to concrete elements, and reconfiguration of the east approach to the bridge.

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, an in-person information session will not be hosted. Presentation materials are posted on the Norwich Street Bridge project website, including planning documents and maps. Participants can ask questions about traffic impacts, property access and provide comments and feedback to city staff and consultants.

The bridge Norwich Street Bridge crosses over the Speed River between Cardigan Street and Arthur Street North. The bridge is currently closed to vehicle traffic and serves as a pedestrian crossing.

The City of Guelph completed a Class Environmental Assessment (EA) study for proposed improvements to the deteriorating Norwich Street Bridge in 2017. The EA study determined the bridge will be maintained as a heritage structure with repairs to make it safe for future use.

Submit comments and questions, and receive answers, through the online portal.

Online engagement is open until Tuesday, July 28.

Construction is expected to begin in September and take approximately 3 months, weather permitting.

We are removing three (3) trees on the west side of the existing bridge due to conflict with construction. An additional nine (9) trees will be removed due to poor health and condition. We will plant nine trees to compensate for tree removals. Two trees on the southeast side of the bridge will be pruned where they overhang the construction area.

For construction updates visit guelph.ca/construction.

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