Eco-friendly Roadwork Planned For Highway 58



    McGuinty Government Building Better Highways For Ontarians

    TORONTO, July 18 /CNW/ -

    NEWS

    An innovative and environment-friendly construction technique will be
used to rebuild and repair Highway 58 in Thorold this summer.

    
    Work includes:

    -   Reconstructing Highway 58 from Highway 20 to Thorold Stone Road for
        4.3 kilometres by using a construction technique called "rubblizing"
        that crushes and reuses the existing concrete pavement. This
        technique helps protect the environment because it recycles existing
        materials, minimizes hauling away the old concrete pavement and
        reduces the need for new road building materials.
    -   Repaving Highway 20 from Highway 58 to Niagara Regional Road 70 for
        1.9 kilometres
    -   Adding turning lanes and new traffic signals at the Highway 58 and
        Beaverdams Road and Highway 58 and Allanburg Road intersections
    

    The $5.8-million construction contract was awarded to Rankin Construction
Incorporated of St. Catharines and should be complete by October 2008. To
minimize driver inconvenience, construction will be completed in stages.
During construction, traffic on Highway 58 will be detoured to other local
roads. Highway 20 will be reduced to a single lane during non-peak hours.
Signs will be posted in advance to notify drivers of closures and detour
routes.

    QUOTES

    "Making necessary improvements such as repairing and repaving this
section of Highway 58, will keep Ontario's drivers safe and our economy
strong. We are using innovative construction techniques to protect the
environment by minimizing the need for new construction materials," said
Transportation Minister Jim Bradley
(http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/about/minister.htm).
    "The McGuinty government is taking action to keep Highway 58 in top
condition so that drivers and visitors can travel through this area safely and
efficiently," said Niagara Falls MPP Kim Craitor
(http://www.premier.gov.on.ca/team/biography.asp?MPPID=42).

    QUICK FACTS

    
    -   More than 15,800 drivers use this section of Highway 58 each day.

    -   The province's $400-million Municipal Roads and Bridges Fund -
        announced in the 2008 Ontario Budget - is helping municipalities
        invest in critical projects across the province. Funding is
        distributed based on each municipality's share of Ontario's road
        network in relation to population.

    -   Since 2003, the McGuinty government has committed $9.3 billion in
        highways, roads and bridges and invested $6.2 billion in public
        transit.

    LEARN MORE

    Read the Ontario government's five-year investment plan in highway
construction (http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/pubs/nhp2007/index.html) for
Southern Ontario.
    Get up-to-date road condition information
(http://www.roadinfo.mto.gov.on.ca/) on major highways in the area. You can
also call the ministry's road information line at 416-235-4686, or toll-free
at 1-800-268-4686.
    Visit great Ontario travel destinations (http://www.ontariotravel.net/).

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For further information:

For further information: Nicole Lippa-Gasparro, Minister's Office, (416)
327-1815; Bob Nichols, Communications Branch, (416) 327-1158

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