Construction progresses in Guelph as part of the expansion of GO train service on the Kitchener line

Infrastructure is replaced, repaired and upgraded by Metrolinx on the GO line from Kitchener to the City of Guelph in support of GO expansion.

Part of this work includes the rehabilitation of the retaining walls between Dublin Street and Wyndham Street (which began last autumn), as well as the Norfolk Street Bridge and the replacement of the Wilson Street Bridge.

Crews are now ready to begin the next phase of this work, which will bring construction work closer to residential areas. To complete the next phase of this rehabilitation work, crews will need to access the retaining wall via Waterloo Park.

Starting March 2, residents can expect to see crews setting up a construction area and equipment in the park. Metrolinx has planned rehabilitation activities to ensure that the large trees of Waterloo Avenue Park will be maintained. However, several small trees will need to be removed to allow access to the retaining wall.

Once construction is complete, Metrolinx will work with the City of Guelph to replant trees in the park. As construction progresses west, crews will need to access Lower Kent Street east of Dublin Street to allow for reinforcement and resurfacing of the retaining wall on the north side of Lower Kent Street.

Affected residents will receive advance notice of details when the Kent Street closure schedule is confirmed.

Retaining wall rehabilitation must be completed before a second track can be replaced between Wellington Street and Silvercreek Parkway, which will help support all-day two-way GO service to Guelph and Kitchener.

Wilson Street and Norfolk Bridges

A detailed inspection of the bridges has determined that some components of the Wilson Street Bridge, built in 1902, are nearing the end of their design life and require complete replacement.

The much younger Norfolk Street Bridge, built in 1967, requires rehabilitation work, including steel repairs, waterproofing, sandblasting and painting.

Maria D. Ervin