CITY PAGES: No Fires, Road Construction, and Landscaping

The City of Guelph puts out a lot of information on a weekly basis, and while it all ends up on the City’s website somewhere, wouldn’t it be easier to just scroll through it all on one easy-to-read article on Guelph Politico here…?

Remember: No Fires

The City of Guelph is reminding everyone that as the warmer weather arrives, and you might be interested in sitting out in the backyard while socially distant from friends, you can’t do so around an open fire. Fireplaces, fire pits and chimineas are all prohibited, and if you’re caught with one, it might mean a fine of up to $50,000 and/or one year in prison. On the other hand, you are allowed a propane fuelled or natural gas fuelled appliance to simulate a fire, and you can also use a barbeque naturally. To learn more about safely enjoying a fire at home, call 519-763-8111.

Weed Control Coming to Train Tracks

One right of spring is weed control, and the Guelph Junction Railway tracks are going to get their treatment overnight on May 25/26 later this month. Don’t worry, this is no herbicide or pesticide used within 60 metres of waterway, which is a good thing because a long portion of these tracks, which runs from Woodlawn to Victoria Roads, follows the Speed River. DBI Services will be doing the weed control, and they’ll be using a distilled mixture of Torpedo, Overdrive and Round-up, while an organic substance will be used in those areas that trend close to the river sometime on the week of May 11. The Downtown Trail between Speedvale and Marcon will be closed for 12 hours after the weed control work is done on May 26 as an added precaution.

Construction Season Begins!

The old joke is that there are two seasons in Canada, winter and construction. It turns out that this old adage is still true even in the COVID age. The City of Guelph has announced four new construction projects on local streets that might make it a bit trickier to get around (you know, if you have to get around).

1. Metcalfe Street (between Palmer and Grange) and Grange Road (between Metcalfe and Regent). Work will begin on May 11 and last for one week as work crews will remove the surface asphalt and repave. There will be lane reductions, but two-way traffic will be maintained at all times.

2. Imperial Road South (between Paisley and the railroad tracks that run behind the West End Rec Centre). Starting on May 11, crews will be replacing curbs, and digging up the street to have the old asphalt removed and replaced. The construction should take two weeks weather permitting.

3. Wellington Street East (between Gordon and Wyndham). Starting on May 11, crews will also be replacing curbs and the asphalt along this very busy portion of road on the outer edge of downtown. Work should take about one week to complete.

4. Paisley Road (between Hanlon Expressway and Imperial). As of May 25, work crews will move on to this long stretch of road in the west end as the curbs and asphalt will be replaced here. Eastbound lanes between the Hanlon and Fischer Drive will be closed, and non-local traffic will be detoured to Willow Road. Westbound traffic though will be unafffected for the one week it’s scheduled to take to complete this work.

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