Burlington bridge set for revitalization
By Adam FreillBridges Construction
Joint venture between EllisDon Civil and Chant will manage the deck replacement of the Burlington Canal Lift Bridge.
A joint venture between EllisDon Civil Ltd. and Chant Limited will manage the construction of the bridge deck replacement of the Burlington Canal Lift Bridge in Burlington, Ont. Through the $21 million contract, the companies will replace the lift span’s bridge deck, restore the approach spans and widen sections of the sidewalk to allow more space for pedestrians and cyclists to cross safely and to improve traffic flow.
These changes will improve the overall operations of the bridge, ensuring the safety of bridge users for years to come. This project will also extend and maximize the life of the bridge deck, sidewalk and approaches.
“The Burlington Canal Lift Bridge is an important asset for the community. This contract award for the construction work on the bridge is another important step to extend the life of the bridge and ensure that it continues to serve both local and national transportation needs,” stated the Honourable Filomena Tassi, Minister of Public Services and Procurement. “Improvements to the bridge will ensure the safety of bridge users for decades to come.”
The bridge deck will be replaced during the bridge’s annual winter shutdown, starting in winter of 2023, and will take approximately three months to complete. The bridge will be inoperable and closed to all marine users, vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists during construction, but the waterway is closed during the winter to ships and the bridge does not rise, making it an ideal time to undertake the project. It is expected to be completed by fall 2024.
The contract follows a design and engineering contract awarded in February 2022 to AECOM Canada Ltd. worth $1.86 million to develop the design for the new bridge. The Burlington Canal Lift Bridge currently carries four lanes of traffic, with an average of 25,000 vehicles crossing the bridge each day.