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Six Ottawa bridges replaced; more to come

By Adam Freill   

Bridges Construction Infrastructure Roads

Province improving infrastructure along Highway 417 by improving 10 bridges in National Capital Region.

Six of the 10 bridges slated for replacement along Ottawa’s Highway 417 have been completed, reports the provincial government. The new bridges at the first three locations of the current project are part of the Ontario government’s plan to invest in infrastructure, building or improving highways, roads and bridges, which it says will support economic growth across the province.

“These rapid bridge replacements will help ensure that we can keep people and goods moving throughout the Ottawa region for years to come,” said Premier Doug Ford. “As our population and economy grow, our government is investing hundreds of millions of dollars in Ottawa’s road and highway system. We’re getting it done, building the infrastructure this region needs to reach its full potential.”

The Ottawa bridges improvement project includes the rapid replacement of both eastbound and westbound bridges at five locations along Highway 417 from Island Park Drive to Kent Street. To date, the Booth Street bridges, Rochester Street bridges and most recently, the Bronson Avenue bridges, were successfully replaced using rapid replacement technology. Work to replace the Percy Street Bridges will take place in August, followed by the Preston Street Bridges in 2024.

The replacement work is being completed by Kiewit-Dufferin Midtown Partnership and includes operational improvements such as noise barrier replacement and construction, lighting, and storm sewers along Highway 417 from Island Park Drive to the Kent Street overpass.



Click here to view a time-lapsed version of the Bronson Avenue bridge replacement in Twitter.


“Eastern Ontario is one of the fastest growing regions in the entire province and it has never been more important to build the critical infrastructure we need for our future,” said Caroline Mulroney, Minister of Transportation. “The work our government is doing to build new bridges along Highway 417 is another step forward in our plan to fight gridlock and get goods to market faster in communities across Ontario.”

Approximately 184,000 vehicles travel along Highway 417 in Ottawa every day. The ministry is undertaking a Preliminary Design and Environmental Assessment (EA) study for the rehabilitation/replacement of seven additional bridges at four locations along the Ottawa Queensway (Highway 417) between Metcalfe Street and Main Street.




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