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Highway 401 Bridge to be Replaced in One Weekend


October 4, 2012
By Andrew Macklin

October
4, 2012, Toronto, ON – Ontario is replacing the Highway 401 off-ramp bridge at
Bridgeland Avenue near Yorkdale Shopping Centre in just over two days starting
October 26.

October
4, 2012, Toronto, ON – Ontario is replacing the Highway 401 off-ramp bridge at
Bridgeland Avenue near Yorkdale Shopping Centre in just over two days starting
October 26. 

 

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The rapid
bridge replacement is a first for the Toronto area and will create about 70
jobs. Crews will use state-of-the-art technology to lift, move and replace the
49-year-old, 900-tonne bridge in one weekend.  Traditionally, a complete
bridge replacement takes nine to 12 months.  Rapid bridge replacement
helps ensure minimal disruption to drivers while reducing the cost of the
project and the cost to the region's economy. 

 

"This
amazing technology will save commuters dozens of hours over many months, rather
than the construction delays a standard bridge replacement would create,” said
Ontario Minister of Transportation Bob Chiarelli. “In this case, the highway
off-ramp is expected to reopen in just over two days, meaning time and money
saved for commuters and businesses in the area."

 

Ontario
has used rapid bridge replacement technology to replace four bridges — three on
Highway 417 at Island Park, Clyde Avenue and Carling Avenue eastbound in
Ottawa, and one on Highway 403 at Aberdeen Avenue in Hamilton. Brennan Paving
& Construction Ltd. of Markham, Ontario was awarded the bridge replacement
contract.