Replacing West Duffins Creek Bridge



    McGuinty Government Improves Transportation Infrastructure In Pickering

    TORONTO, Oct. 30 /CNW/ -

    NEWS

    Ontario will replace the West Duffins Creek Bridge on Highway 7 to
enhance road safety for the more than 11,000 drivers who use the bridge each
day. This bridge replacement is part of Ontario's commitment to keep bridges
safe across the province.
    The $3.3-million construction contract was awarded to Dufferin
Construction Company of Oakville. Work is expected to start in April 2009 and
be complete by November 2009. During construction, traffic will be reduced to
a single lane controlled by temporary traffic signals.

    QUOTES

    "The McGuinty government continues to take action to keep Ontario's
highways, roads and bridges safe," said Transportation Minister Jim Bradley
(http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/about/minister.htm). "Better roads and
bridges improve safety, create jobs and encourage economic growth to keep
communities strong."

    "This work is a welcome announcement for Pickering area residents,
visitors and businesses," said Ajax-Pickering MPP Joe Dickson. "Replacing the
West Duffins Creek Bridge will keep drivers safe."

    QUICK FACTS

    
    -   The West Duffins Creek Bridge was built in 1967. Once replaced, 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.

    -   The McGuinty government has committed approximately $9 billion in
        highways, roads and bridges and invested $7.4 billion in public
        transit since 2003.
    

    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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