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Speedvale Ave E & Woolwich St Closed July 13th

Construction update! On July 13, Speedvale Ave East at Woolwich Street will be closed for four days for underground repairs, and for new rail signals and barrier gates. Please follow posted signs for detours.

Speedvale Avenue East improvements

Phase 1: Glenwood Avenue to east of the Guelph Junction Railway tracks
Notice date: July 10, 2023

About the project

As part of our ongoing work to renew infrastructure and prepare for Guelph’s growth and future housing needs, we are continuing our construction program on Speedvale Avenue East. The City is working with J-AAR Excavating Limited on Phase 1 of the Speedvale Avenue East improvements project. This work includes:

  • widening the road to accommodate two travel lanes in each direction
  • new sidewalks or multi-use paths
  • upgraded underground infrastructure including sanitary and storm sewer pipes, sewers and watermains
  • rail signals with barrier gates at Speedvale Avenue and Woolwich Street

Work will take place on Speedvale Avenue East from Glenwood Avenue to east of the Guelph Junction Railway (GJR) tracks and on Woolwich Street north and south of Speedvale Avenue East.

Speedvale Avenue East and Woolwich Street intersection closure begins July 13

The intersection at Speedvale Avenue East and Woolwich Street will be closed on Thursday, July 13 until Monday, July 17 weather permitting.

This closure is necessary for workers to replace the infrastructure under the railway tracks and to install the rail signals and barrier gates. Area neighbourhoods and businesses can expect construction noise overnight as crews work to complete the project as quickly as possible over the weekend.

Businesses will remain open during construction. Detour routes will be posted, and delays should be expected. Please follow signs for safety.

Pedestrian access

The sidewalks on Speedvale Avenue East are expected to be closed from Woolwich Street to Riverview Drive. The pedestrian trail south of Speedvale Avenue East near the bridge will also be closed to pedestrians and cyclists. Please follow posted signs for safety.


Construction activities and equipment movement will take place 24 hours a day, over the entire weekend. This work may impact access to private property and delays should be expected. Access to driveways will be restricted and residents and businesses will be required to park on the side streets.

City services

There will be no interruption to any City services during construction. Waste collection will not be affected. Please continue to place your green, blue and grey carts at the curb, as per your regular schedule.

Map of Construction
Map of construction area

Thank you

This work is important as we prepare to be future ready and meet the demands of Guelph’s growing population and future housing needs, and we appreciate your patience, understanding and co-operation.

Project details and any updates will be posted on guelph.ca/speedvaleeast.

For more information

Ike Umar, Project Manager
Engineering and Transportation Services
City of Guelph
519-822-1260 extension 2242

Felix Wong, Senior Transportation Engineer
WSP E&I Canada Limited

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