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Seven city locations to get temporary sidewalk and road changes to help with distancing

One-way sidewalks in five locations, reduced lanes of traffic in two others starting June 8
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The city has announced that seven so-called 'pinch points' will be getting temporary sidewalk and road changes to help people stay two metres apart.

Those changes include closing one lane of traffic in two locations and instituting one-way sidewalks in five others.

The changes will be in place starting June 8.

Locations were selected based on areas with physical constraints such as guard rails, railings and retaining walls, and routes that serve grocery stores, hospitals and high-volume trail connections.

“These temporary sidewalk and road changes will create more space for physical distancing while also allowing people to get out and get active,” said deputy CAO Kealy Dedman in a news release. “We ask community members to be patient and kind to their fellow road users as we try these new ways of physical distancing during our new normal.”

One lane of traffic will be closed to vehicles to give people walking and cycling enough space to travel while physical distancing on the Speedvale Avenue bridge over the Speed River, and Eramosa Road between the Downtown Trail and Delhi Street. Parts of the latter section will also have one-way sidewalks that extend to Stuart Street.

Pedestrians will see one-way sidewalks at the following locations: Eramosa Road between Callandar Drive and Orchard Crescent; Paisley Street between Dublin and Glasgow streets; the Edinburgh Road bridge between the Royal Recreational Trail heads; Woodlawn Road on the south side from Fairway Lane to 250 meters west of Fairway Lane; and the Macdonell Street bridge between Arthur Street South/Elizabeth Street, Arthur Street North/Rose Street and Woolwich/Wellington Street.

The locations can be found on an interactive map: seven sites in Guelph.

Council voted in favour of the temporary changes on May 11.