Ontario to invest $17 million in critical infrastructure improvement
Ontario – Ontario is investing $17 million to replace the Kent Street Bridges on Highway 417/Queensway in 48 hours this weekend. Starting tomorrow evening a crew of approximately 170 workers will use state-of-the-art rapid bridge replacement technology to lift, move and replace the 50-year-old, 400-tonne bridges. This method will speed up construction time, reduce traffic disruptions by avoiding ongoing lane closures, minimize harmful effects to the environment and save the province approximately $2.4 million in traffic management costs.
Ontario’s long-term infrastructure plan will help connect regions, develop new economic opportunities and improve quality of life for Ontarians by supporting critical infrastructure projects in cities, towns, and rural and remote communities all across the province.
Improving highways, roads and bridges across the province is part of the government’s economic plan to build Ontario up. The four-part plan includes investing in people’s talents and skills, making the largest investment in public infrastructure in Ontario’s history, creating a dynamic, innovative environment where business thrives, and building a secure retirement savings plan.
“The replacement of the Kent Street bridges will improve access to downtown, and is welcome news to our community. This is the eighth bridge in Ottawa that has been replaced using rapid replacement technology, which saves time and minimizes disruption for local residents. “— Yasir Naqvi, MPP Ottawa Centre
“Rapid bridge replacement allows us to quickly update infrastructure with less disruptions to the community and the environment than traditional bridge replacement methods. This project is proof of our government’s commitment to making the daily commute and quality of life better for Ontario residents.”— Steven Del Duca, Minister of Transportation
· The Kent Street Bridges on Highway 417 carries about 160,000 vehicles per day.
· Aecon Construction of Toronto, Ontario was awarded the bridge replacement contract at a value of $17 million.
· Ontario is investing $2.5 billion in road and bridge construction projects this year, creating or sustaining approximately 25,000 jobs.
· Ontario has used rapid bridge replacement technology at eight locations on the Ottawa Queensway including Island Park in 2007 and Clyde Avenue in 2008, Carling Avenue Eastbound in
2011, Kirkwood and Carling Avenue Westbound in 2013, Vanier and Lees in 2014, and Kent Street in 2015.
· Ontario has 16,900 kilometres of provincial highway and 2,800 bridges.