Minister's Update on Rt. Hon. Herb Gray Parkway
Today, Glen Murray, Minister of Transportation and Minister of Infrastructure, issued the following statement on the review of the Rt. Hon. Herb Gray Parkway:
"In July, I asked a committee of independent experts to review certain concrete girders on the Rt. Hon. Herb Gray Parkway and provide recommendations on their safety and durability. On Monday, the experts released an interim report, now available online at www.independentexpertreview.ca.
The government's Chief Engineer has recommended the government proceed to implement Option B. I have accepted that recommendation.
For the last two days, representatives of the Ministry of Transportation, Infrastructure Ontario and the contractor, Windsor Essex Mobility Group, have been reviewing the report and working towards implementation.
I am pleased the government and its partners have reached an agreement in principle that best serves the people of Ontario and the Windsor community. The Rt. Hon. Herb Gray Parkway is a vital economic link and provides employment for many Windsor residents. I want to thank the residents of Windsor and Essex County for their patience during this process.
On behalf of the people of Ontario, I extend my appreciation to the Chair, Harvey Kirsh and panel members Dr. Dagmar Svecova, Dr. Shamim Sheikh, Carlos Laborde-Basto, Dr. Husham Almansour for their dedication and commitment in undertaking this review.
The work of the expert review committee will conclude by Oct. 31 with a supplementary report.
Until then, the North Talbot Road Bridge will remain closed."