Review of Rt. Hon. Herb Gray Parkway Begins
Ontario Government Ensuring Safety and Durability of Parkway
Ontario has retained a group of leading experts in structural engineering to review concerns about certain concrete girders used on the Rt. Hon. Herb Gray Parkway and make recommendations on next steps.
Chaired by Harvey J. Kirsh, a recognized authority in construction law, the experts will assess the safety, durability, quality and performance of girders containing tack-welded steel. Part of the review will involve assessing the girders' compliance with any applicable act, code or regulation.
The girders in question will be removed if their safety and durability cannot be assured and compliance concerns cannot be addressed. All findings will be made public.
Investing in modern infrastructure is part of the government's plan to create jobs, strengthen communities and help people in their everyday lives.
- The review will focus on the use of a number of concrete girders installed in tunnels, on which construction is not completed and are not open to the public.
- Experts have been asked to submit findings and recommendations to the government by the end of August. A deadline extension may be granted at the request of the Chair of the review committee.
- The Rt. Hon. Herb Gray Parkway will help create about 12,000 jobs through construction activity and through numerous suppliers and service providers. The majority of these jobs are in the Windsor-Essex region.
“The safety of Ontario's infrastructure is our top priority and we will ensure that the safety of the Parkway is not compromised. Ontario’s economy needs the jobs and the improved movement of goods and people across the border construction of this new Parkway will mean.”
“The Parkway is one of the biggest infrastructure investments in Ontario; it will help move our people and goods more efficiently for generations to come. We are committed to getting it right.”