Review of the Rt. Hon. Herb Gray Parkway Extended
Ontario Government Expanding Expert Review to Ensure Safety
Ontario is extending the submission deadline for the interim report on concrete girders used on the Rt. Hon. Herb Gray Parkway to Sept. 30, 2013.
The extension will allow a group of leading experts retained earlier this month to expand their study to examine additional girders of the parkway that require further evaluation. Girders will be removed if their safety and durability cannot be assured and compliance concerns cannot be addressed. All findings will be made public.
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- The North Talbot Road Bridge is being closed to traffic on Aug. 29, 2013, based on information found during the review process. It will be closed to traffic during the rest of the review, with a detour route clearly marked along Howard Ave, Highway 3 and Walker Road. Travelling under this structure is safe as the girders in question are self-supporting with no load.
- To date, the expert reviewers have heard from the Ministry of Transportation, Infrastructure Ontario, and the Windsor Essex Mobility Group.
“I thank the members of the independent committee for their efforts so far. The importance of this review is evident. We want to have full confidence in the safety of the parkway and a full and complete report by the expert panel.”
“We understand the impacts of this temporary closure to travellers and we are doing everything we can to minimize these impacts during closure. We appreciate the patience of the public while we undergo this review.”