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Annual weed control work along rail tracks

May 25-26

DBI Services will conduct weed control activities along the Guelph Junction Railway tracks between Woodlawn Road and Victoria Road, excluding a section of tracks from Norwich Street East to just past Macdonell Street.

Weed control will take place overnight May 25-26 starting at 1 a.m. (rain date is May 26-May 27).

Trail impacts

The Downtown Trail will be closed between Speedvale Avenue and Marcon Street during the control activities. As an added precaution, the trail will remain closed for about 12 hours after the weed control is applied.

How we control weeds

No herbicide or pesticide will be used within 60 metres (200 feet) of waterway crossings. These areas will be treated with an organic substance the week of May 11.
A distilled mixture of Torpedo, Overdrive and Round-up will be used in all other areas along the railway tracks. These substances have been evaluated by Health Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency to be safe and are approved for use in parking areas, schoolyards, parks, golf courses and other public areas.

Why we control weeds

Weeds and other plants that grow along railway tracks can:
• cause fires
• create poor drainage that leads to track damage or signal failures at road crossings
• lead to longer train stopping distances
• create poor site lines at trail crossings and roadways
Plant removal keeps railway tracks safe and clear for inspections, repairs and maintenance to Transport Canada standards.

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