McGuinty Government Keeps Highways, Bridges In Renfrew County Safe
TORONTO, Sept. 10 /CNW/ -
Ontario will repair the Constable Philip Shrive and CPR Bridges on
Highway 17 in Renfrew. These repairs will improve road safety for the more
than 11,000 drivers who use these bridges each day.
Work will be done on the bridge decks, barrier walls and guiderails. The
project is expected to be complete by fall 2010. The government awarded the
$7.3-million construction contract to R.W. Tomlinson Limited of Ottawa.
An innovative construction technique called "Quick Moveable Temporary
Barriers" will be used while the Constable Philip Shrive Bridge is being
repaired. This operation allows a truck travelling at eight km/hr to lift and
move a barrier in one continuous movement in less than five minutes. It will
be used in the spring and fall to move the barriers separating the
construction area from the travelled portion of the bridge allowing traffic to
be opened to two lanes during all weekends. Highway 17, at the CPR Bridge,
will be reduced to a single lane in each direction controlled by temporary
traffic signals in the spring and fall. Signs will be posted in advance to
notify drivers of delays.
"People in Renfrew County depend on the Constable Philip Shrive Bridge to
get them to their homes, jobs and local businesses. Building better roads
keeps Ontario's communities safe and strong," said Transportation Minister
Jim Bradley (http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/about/minister.htm).
"Keeping the Constable Philip Shrive Bridge in top condition will improve
road safety for the many drivers who use it daily," said Ottawa West-Nepean
MPP Jim Watson (http://www.mah.gov.on.ca/page741.aspx).
- Senior Police Constable Philip Shrive is the first fallen police
officer in Ontario to have a bridge named for him under the Highway
Memorials for Fallen Police Officers Act.
- The McGuinty government has committed approximately $9 billion in
highways, roads and bridges since 2003.
- 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.
Read the Ontario government's five-year investment plan in highway
construction (http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/pubs/nhp2007/index.html) for
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
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