Innovative Bridge Replacement Slated For Summer 2008

    New Technology To Replace 500 Tonne Bridge Overnight

    OTTAWA, Jan. 21 /CNW/ - For the second time in Ontario, a groundbreaking
technology that lifts 500-tonne bridges will be used to replace an Ottawa-area
bridge overnight, said Transportation Minister Jim Bradley.
    "Rapid replacement technology was so successful the first time, we have
decided to use it again," said Bradley. "This equipment reduces months of
traffic delays to mere days. Fewer cars idling in construction zones reduces
the impact on the environment."
    It was history in the making for Ontario in August 2007. The Ministry of
Transportation used this state-of-the-art technology to replace the Island
Park Bridge in a record-breaking 15 hours. This summer it will be used to
replace the Clyde Avenue Bridge on Highway 417. Rapid replacement technology
lifts and removes the old bridge out of the way and replaces it with a
pre-constructed bridge in a relatively short amount of time.
    "Hundreds of spectators watched the Island Park Bridge replaced
overnight," added Ottawa West-Nepean MPP Jim Watson. "It was an outstanding
technological achievement. Our community, cottagers and tourists depend on
Highway 417, so minimal down time benefits everyone."
    "This innovative technology will allow us to replace the Clyde Avenue
Bridge quickly and efficiently," said Ottawa Centre MPP Yasir Naqvi. "Our
government knows how important Highway 417 is to its surrounding communities.
People who live here, depend on this highway to get to work, school or
recreational activities."
    A multi-million dollar construction contract is currently being tendered
to conduct this work, which also includes replacing the existing concrete
median barrier and upgrading the Advanced Traffic Management System.
    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: David Oved, Minister's Office,
(416) 327-2885; 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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