Project Overview

The City of Cambridge is currently undertaking a Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (MCEA) Study to consider the development of a trail and pedestrian bridge spanning the Speed River to connect the communities of Blair and Preston.  Routes are being considered through lands owned by the rare Charitable Research Reserve. 

The Study will follow Schedule B of the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (Municipal Engineers Association, October 2000, as amended in 2007, 2011, & 2015), which is an approved process under the Ontario Environmental Assessment Act. The MCEA process includes: consultation with agencies, stakeholders, Indigenous communities and public; an evaluation of alternative solutions to address the problem; an alternative design concepts for the preferred solution; an assessment of potential environmental impacts; and, identification of reasonable measures to mitigate any potential adverse impacts.  At the conclusion of the Study, a Project File Report (PFR) will be prepared for public review.

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Seasonal ecological studies are currently underway and will be completed over the course of the study period.  Archaeological studies are expected to be carried out summer/fall 2020.   Public consultation will be completed starting in the summer/fall of 2020.  Please note, due to the current COVID-19 situation, public consultation may need to be completed via alternate means.  At this time, it is anticipated the study will be fully completed by December 31st, 2020.

Progress to Date

  • Seasonal ecological analysis and field work is underway
  • Stage 1 Archaeological analysis is completed
  • Indigenous consultation process has been initiated

Upcoming Work

  • Fall & Winter bird migration studies
  • Stage 2 Archaeological study
  • Ongoing consultation with land owner
  • Ongoing consultation with Indigenous groups
  • Public consultation to begin summer 2020

Study Area

The proposed trail and bridge will connect the B. McMullen Linear Trail to the existing multi-use trail on Fountain Street by crossing over the Speed River upstream of its confluence with the Grand River.  The bridge and trail will provide a major off-road connection to downtown Preston as well as a connection to the HWY 401 pedestrian bridge linking Cambridge to Kitchener and the Doon area.  The Study will evaluate alternative trail routes and bridge locations with consideration for the natural, cultural, economic and technical environments, and recommend a preferred solution in consultation with the public, Indigenous communities and regulatory agencies.  An option to “do nothing” will also be considered. 

The site location and approximate extent of the Study Area are shown within the map

Get Involved

Public input is an important component of the decision-making process. Please assist the Study Team by providing your input through this brief survey.

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Contact Information

Shane Taylor, City of Cambridge
50 Dickson Street, P.O. Box 669 
Cambridge, ON N1R 5W8  
T: 519-623-1340 ext. 4567 

Tricia Radburn, R.J. Burnside & Associates Ltd.  
292 Speedvale Avenue West, Unit 20
Guelph, ON N1H 1C4
T: 226-486-1778