April 27, 2019 by David Kennedy
MISSISSAUGA—Ontario is searching for a construction team to rehabilitate a major bridge that carries six lanes of the Queen Elizabeth Way over the Credit River in Mississauga, Ont.
The province issued a request for qualifications April 25, calling on consortia capable of tackling the project along the busy stretch of highway to submit their credentials by mid-June.
“Thousands of commuters and commercial vehicles cross the Credit River Bridge every day,” Rudy Cuzzetto, MPP for Mississauga-Lakeshore, said in a statement. “Keeping our bridges in good repair not only keeps drivers safe, but also improves traffic flow and supports economic growth.”
The current bridge was built in 1934 and widened to six lanes in 1959. Recent investigations have determined the 250-metre bridge has deteriorated significantly and is in “major” need of repair or replacement by 2022. The province noted the bridge was last rehabilitated in 1987 and that its deck dates to the 1930s.
Traffic on the busy stretch of highway that connects Hamilton, Burlington and Oakville to Toronto totals as many as 200,000 vehicles each day. It’s a vital link for both daily commuters and truck traffic bound for New York state.
Along with work on the bridge, the project covers an area of about 2.6 kilometres around the span, including reconfiguring the interchange at nearby Mississauga Road.
Infrastructure Ontario will use its public-private partnership (P3) model to deliver the repair project, with the construction team taking responsibility for the design, construction and financing of the bridge.
Further details about cost, timeline and the scope of the job will become available once the project reaches later stages of the procurement process.