Gananoque River Bridge On Highway 401 To Be Repaired



    McGuinty Government Infrastructure Improvements Continue

    TORONTO, Sept. 12 /CNW/ -

    NEWS

    Ontario will repair the Gananoque River Bridge on Highway 401 to improve
road safety for the more than 27,000 drivers who use the bridge each day.
    Work includes repairing and re-coating the steel on the bridge, as well
as various bridge concrete repairs. This preventative maintenance is part of
Ontario's commitment to keep bridges safe across the province.
    The $1.6-million construction contract was awarded to Veolia ES Canada
Industrial Services Incorporated of Hamilton and is expected to be complete by
the fall of 2009. No traffic delays are expected during construction. Access
to the recreational trail under the bridge will remain open. The trail will be
separated from the work zone with fencing. The trail will be closed for short
periods when the contractor needs to move equipment.

    QUOTES

    "Ontario understands the importance of the Gananoque River Bridge to the
local community and is taking action to keep it in top condition," said
Transportation Minister Jim Bradley
(http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/about/minister.htm).

    "We are repairing the Gananoque River Bridge to make sure drivers can get
to their homes, jobs and local businesses safely," said Kingston and the
Islands MPP John Gerretsen
(http://www.ene.gov.on.ca/en/about/minister/index.php).

    QUICK FACTS

    
    -   The Gananoque River Bridge was built in 1958. Once improved, it is
        expected the bridge will not need repairs for another 25 years.

    -   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.

    -   Since 2003, the McGuinty government has committed approximately
        $9-billion in highways, roads and bridges and invested $7.4-billion
        in 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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