401 bridges upgraded
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
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.