401 spans to be re­placed

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BY SCOTT CARMICHAEL

Staff Re­place­ment of two 1960s-era High­way 401 bridges in South Glen­garry will take place be­tween 2018 and 2020.

“Bainsville (Third Line) Road, we’re propos­ing for Year 1 and 2, so 2018 and 2019, and then West­ley (Sec­ond Line) Road will fol­low in 2019 and 2020,” Nathan Bakker, project man­ager at en­gi­neer­ing and con­sult­ing firm WSP, told coun­cil dur­ing a pre­sen­ta­tion at the Septem­ber 18 reg­u­lar meet­ing. “We are near­ing the end of the de­tail/de­sign phase for this as­sign­ment and are in the process of fi­nal­iz­ing the doc­u­ments and want­ing to go to ten­der for the 2018 con­struc­tion sea­son.”

Mr. Bakker said that con­struc­tion, in both cases, will take place “over one to two con­struc­tion sea­sons,” but that the work “will be pri­or­i­tized to make sure the struc­tures get open,” be­fore crews re­turn in the spring for any sin­gle­lane clo­sures in or­der to com­plete the work. Mo­torists will be af­fected by de­tours, road clo­sures and lane re­duc­tions dur­ing con­struc­tion.

WSP was re­tained by the Min­istry of Transportation to com­plete more than 30 struc­ture re­place­ments and re­ha­bil­i­ta­tions in East­ern On­tario over the next sev­eral years.

The Sec­ond and Third Line Road bridges are among six 401 cor­ri­dor struc­tures, from Iro­quois to the Que­bec bor­der, slated to be re­con­structed be­tween 2018 and 2022. The com­bined price tag for the half-dozen projects is ap­prox­i­mately $110 mil­lion.

Both the Sec­ond and Third Line Road un­der­passes were con­structed in 1964 and re­ha­bil­i­tated once, in 1992.

They are now, ac­cord­ing to Mr. Bakker, “near­ing the end of their ser­vice life,” and in need of re­place­ment. He ex­plained that the “rapid de­mo­li­tion with full road clo­sure” op­tion was cho­sen to re­place both bridges, pri­mar­ily be­cause it will re­duce the over­all con­struc­tion pe­riod.

Mr. Bakker added that re­place­ment was rec­om­mended over fur­ther re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion to “ad­dress sub­stan­dard de­sign is­sues and al­low for the po­ten­tial widen­ing of High­way 401 at a fu­ture date.”

New el­e­ments

He also stated that there will be sev­eral new el­e­ments in­cor­po­rated into the com­pleted bridges, in­clud­ing the use of ex­panded poly­styrene (EPS) ge­o­foam for em­bank­ment re­con­struc­tion, which he said would “mit­i­gate any is­sues with set­tle­ment,” and an in­creased speed limit across each new bridge, to 60 km/h, “to con­form to the new de­signs.”

Mr. Bakker said feed­back from a re­cently-com­pleted pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion process didn’t re­veal any ma­jor op­po­si­tion to the bridge re­place­ments.

“In­stead of the tra­di­tional ‘bricks and mor­tar,’ in-per­son PIC (Pub­lic In­for­ma­tion Cen­tre), there was a web­site for the projects, for all of the sites to be re­placed along the 401, and we opened it up to pub­lic com­ment for a two-week pe­riod in July,” he said.

“We re­ceived 10 com­ments, all of which were gen­er­ally mi­nor, and fo­cused on traf­fic and de­tour routes. Ap­pro­pri­ate re­sponses were pro­vided for all of the in­quiries.”

MAR­GARET CALDBICK PHOTO

CADET SALUTED: Flight Sergeant Travis Le­feb­vre of the 253 Claude Nun­ney VC Royal Cana­dian Air Cadet Squadron was pre­sented with the Royal Cana­dian Le­gion Medal of Ex­cel­lence re­cently at the Le­gion Branch 544 in Lan­caster. Pre­sent­ing the award is branch pres­i­dent the Le­gion's Bill Bre­see. At left is Cap­tain Earle DePass, Com­mand­ing Of­fi­cer of the squadron.) Travis Le­feb­vre is a grade 9 Iona Acad­emy who lives in Wil­liamstown.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

A LIT­TLE HELP FOR THE FRIENDS: The Alexan­dria Sco­tia­bank branch has do­nated $4,000 to the Friends of the St. Raphael’s Ruins, who raised $13,000 in the 22nd an­nual Msgr. D.B. MacDougald Tar­tan Golf Tour­na­ment held at the Glen­garry Golf Club. From left: Friends board mem­ber and tour­na­ment chair­man Bernie MacCul­loch and Pres­i­dent Diana Sturken­boom re­ceive the do­na­tion from branch rep­re­sen­ta­tives Ni­cole Mar­tel and and Au­drey Kennedy. The money will as­sist main­tenance and restora­tion projects at the St. Raphaels Ruins. Some 124 play­ers took part.

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