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Kirkwood Avenue Bridges to be Replaced Overnight

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Kirkwood Avenue Bridges to be Replaced Overnight

Ontario Government Creating Jobs and Improving Critical Infrastructure

Ministry of Transportation

Ontario is replacing the Kirkwood Avenue Bridge 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 bridge 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

  • The Kirkwood Avenue Bridge on Highway 417 carries about 136,000 vehicles per day. The bridge requires 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 three locations on Highway 417 at Island Park (2007), Clyde Avenue (2008) and Carling Avenue Eastbound (2011).
  • Ontario has 16,900 kilometres of provincial highway and 2,800 bridges.

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“By using new rapid bridge replacement technology, we are achieving in a matter of hours a project that would otherwise take up to two years to complete using traditional bridge replacement methods. With this innovative technology, 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

“Using rapid bridge replacement is a cost and time saving method that will benefit everyone in our community. We look forward to the opening of the new bridges.”

Yasir Naqvi

MPP Ottawa Centre

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