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OGRA, RCCAO, and MTO partner for bridge study


May 4, 2012
By Andrew Macklin

May 4, 2012, Oakville, Ont. – The Ontario Good Roads Association (OGRA) has partnered with the
Residential & Civil Construction Alliance of Ontario (RCCAO) and the
Ministry of Transportation to undertake the Wellington County Bridges
Study. 


May 4, 2012, Oakville, Ont. – The Ontario Good Roads Association (OGRA) has partnered with the
Residential & Civil Construction Alliance of Ontario (RCCAO) and the
Ministry of Transportation to undertake the Wellington County Bridges
Study. 


This pilot study will determine the bridge infrastructure needs of
Wellington County and its constituent municipalities and assess the
potential to use alternative delivery methods. MTO has provided $50,000
in funding with the balance of the $100,000 study being funded by RCCAO
and OGRA.


The work will be phased with the first three stages relating to the key
steps in developing a bridge asset management plan.  Phase 4 will
consider alternative delivery options such as bridge bundling and phase
5 will include conclusions and recommendations.  A Project Team will be
organized with representation from the RCCAO, OGRA, MTO and Wellington
County. The final report will be made available to OGRA members.

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OGRA President Alan Korell is eager to begin this project. "To partner
with a respectable organization such as RCCAO and to have the support
of MTO enables us to bring our shared expertise and experience to the
table.  This study will benefit Ontario municipalities by providing
guidance on how they can use innovative delivery approaches to reduce
their long term bridge renewal costs."


"We need to look at new ways to help municipalities maintain,
rehabilitate and replace their bridges. This study follows on other
OGRA efforts such as Municipal DataWorks, ongoing training and advocacy
work in support of Ontario municipalities" said Joe Tiernay, OGRA
Executive Director.

Andy Manahan, RCCAO's Executive Director, feels that "The Wellington
County Bridges Study" supports the goal of the province's long-term
'Building Together' strategy to use innovative approaches to fund
infrastructure improvements.  RCCAO is particularly pleased that
analytical methods will be used to compare traditional approaches with
AFP and bundling approaches for the rehabilitation and maintenance of
municipal bridge structures."


The mandate of the Ontario Good Roads Association is to represent the
infrastructure interests of municipalities through advocacy,
consultation, training and the delivery of identified services.