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Carling Avenue Westbound Bridges to be Replaced Overnight

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Carling Avenue Westbound Bridges to be Replaced Overnight

Ontario Government Creating Jobs and Improving Critical Infrastructure

Ministry of Transportation

Starting tomorrow, Ontario will be replacing the Carling Avenue Westbound Bridges on Highway 417 in less than 24 hours. 

A crew of more than 100 workers will use state-of-the-art technology to lift, move and replace the 55 year-old, 600-tonne bridges overnight. Traditionally, a complete bridge replacement could take two to three years. Rapid bridge replacement ensures minimal disruptions for drivers while reducing project costs and the cost to the region's economy due to traffic congestion and delays. 

Investing in modern infrastructure is part of the government's plan to create jobs, ensure Ontario seizes new opportunities for economic growth and help people in their everyday lives. 

Quick Facts

  • Construction will begin at approximately 6 p.m. tomorrow.
  • Bleachers will be set up at Food Basics on Carling Avenue Westbound so people can watch the construction live.
  • The Carling Avenue Westbound Bridges on Highway 417 carry about 136,000 vehicles per day. The bridges require repair and widening to prepare for future widening of Highway 417.
  • During construction, drivers are strongly encouraged to plan alternative routes as traffic delays are expected due to road closures.
  • Aecon Construction of Toronto, Ontario was awarded the bridge replacement contract.
  • Ontario is investing $2.2 billion in highway and bridge construction projects this year, creating and sustaining more than 20,000 jobs.
  • Ontario has used rapid bridge replacement technology to replace bridges at Highway 417 at Island Park (2007), Clyde Avenue (2008), Carling Avenue Eastbound (2011), and last week at Kirkwood Avenue.

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“This state-of-the-art technology will save commuters dozens of hours over many months, rather than the construction delays a standard bridge replacement would create. The highway is expected to reopen in less than 24 hours, meaning time and money saved for commuters and businesses in the area.”

Glen Murray

Minister of Transportation and Minister of Infrastructure

“We’re improving infrastructure and creating jobs in Ottawa by investing in our roads and bridges. This weekend’s rapid bridge replacement will save valuable time for Ottawa commuters by minimizing construction delays.”

Bob Chiarelli

MPP, Ottawa West-Nepean

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