401 bridges up­graded

The Glengarry News - - Front Page - BY SCOTT CARMICHAEL News Staff

Three High­way 401 bridges in South Glen­garry, built dur­ing the pro­vin­cial thor­ough­fare’s con­struc­tion in the early to mid1960s, are slated for re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion or re­place­ment over the next cou­ple of years.

The Min­istry of Trans­porta­tion (MTO) has re­tained WSP/MMM Group Ltd. of Mis­sis­sauga, which is con­duct­ing pre­lim­i­nary de­tail de­sign and en­vi­ron­men­tal as­sess­ment stud­ies for the Bainsville ( Third Line) Road, Curry Hill (Fourth Line) Road and West­ley (Sec­ond Line) Road over­passes, which were in­cluded in the ‘ East­ern On­tario Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion 2017-2019’ sub­sec­tion of the prov­ince’s South­ern High­ways Pro­gram 2015- 2019

re­port.

WSP/MMM states in a re­cent bridge im­prove­ments re­port that both the Bainsville Road and West­ley Road struc­tures – built in 1964, dur­ing the fi­nal stages of the 401’s con­struc­tion to the On­tario/Québec border – were re­ha­bil­i­tated in 1992.

Ac­cord­ing to an MMM Group Ltd. let­ter sent to South Glen­garry, the Curry Hill Road area project will con­sist of a se­ries of up­grades to the 53-yearold bridge, in­clud­ing con­crete patch re­pairs to its abut­ments, deck sof­fit, gird­ers and piers; as well as resur­fac­ing of the un­der­pass from the north ramp ter­mi­nal to the south ramp ter­mi­nal.

All four of the bridge’s in­ter­change ramps are also slated for resur­fac­ing.

The MTO’s re­port does not iden­tify costs for any of the three lo­cal bridge projects.

How­ever, it points out that their “tim­ing... is sub­ject to change based on fund­ing, plan­ning, de­sign, en­vi­ron­men­tal ap­proval, prop­erty ac­qui­si­tion and con­struc­tions re­quire­ments.”

Once the stud­ies are com­pleted, sep­a­rate trans­porta­tion en­vi­ron­men­tal study re­ports will be con­ducted and filed, sub­ject to a 30-day pub­lic review pe­riod.

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