Norwich Pedestrian Bridge Reconstruction
GM BluePlan completed a Schedule ‘B’ Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (MCEA) for the reconstruction of the Norwich Street Pedestrian Bridge in the City of Guelph. The recommended solution identified that the heritage truss elements should be retained; however, the pony truss bridge was not designed to support modern pedestrian loading. Therefore, the trusses were retained as an aesthetic feature only and a new pedestrian bridge was designed to fit between the trusses. GM BluePlan was subsequently retained to complete the design, approvals, tendering and construction administration for this work. The project included the removal of an adjacent footbridge that served as a watermain and sanitary sewer support structure and construction of a new support structure. This project included public consultation throughout construction, staged construction over winter months and coordination with local hydro and railway authorities. Construction was complete in 2021.