Innovative Bridge Replacement Saves Commuters Time, Reduces Traffic Delay

    New Technology To Replace 500 Tonne Bridge Overnight

    OTTAWA, Aug. 11 /CNW/ - If you close your eyes, you might miss it - the
replacement of the Island Park Bridge, that is. For the first time in Ontario,
groundbreaking technology that can easily lift and move 500 tonne bridges is
being used to remove and replace a bridge overnight, said Transportation
Minister Donna Cansfield.
    "This amazing piece of equipment will save commuters dozens of hours by
reducing traffic delays caused by construction," noted Cansfield. "In this
case, the highway is expected to reopen in a record-breaking 15 hours."
    This state-of-the-art technology called rapid replacement technology has
been used effectively in North America and Europe. Here's the "wow" factor: it
lifts old bridges out of the way and replaces them with pre-constructed
bridges in a relatively short amount of time - no demolition required.
    "Highway 417 is an important economic corridor used daily by more than
7,500 trucks and 150,000 commuters and tourists," added Ottawa Centre MPP
Richard Patten. "This is a magnificent technological achievement. Our
community, cottagers and tourists depend on this bridge, so minimal down time
benefits everyone."
    The $8.6 million contract to replace the bridge on Highway 417 was
awarded to Dufferin Construction Company from Oakville. Other work included
adding a new concrete median barrier, lights and replacing the noise barrier
    "Through ReNew Ontario, the province's five year, $30-billion plus
infrastructure investment plan, we were able to use this exciting technology
to make the Island Park Bridge replacement possible," said Public
Infrastructure Renewal Minister David Caplan. "The success of ReNew Ontario is
closing the infrastructure gap and delivering real results in revitalizing the
province's hospitals, schools, roads, bridges and public transit."
    Since 2003, the McGuinty government has committed $6.3 billion in
highways, roads and bridges and invested $4.9 billion in public transit.
    For up-to-date road condition information on major highways in the area,
visit or call the ministry's road information line
at 416-235-4686, or toll-free at 1-800-268-4686.

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For further information:

For further information: Media Contacts: Jamie Rilett, Minister's
Office, (416) 327-9134; Bob Nichols, Communications Branch, (416) 327-1158;
Public Inquiries: (416) 235-4686 (GTA), 1-800-268-4686 toll free,
1-866-471-8929 TTY

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