Rapid Bridge Replacement Keeps Commuters Moving

    McGuinty Government Reduces Traffic Delays In Ottawa Area

    TORONTO, Aug. 1 /CNW/ -


    Keeping traffic moving is good for the provincial economy and reduces
headaches for drivers.
    That's why Ontario is replacing the Clyde Ave Bridge on Highway
417/Queensway this coming weekend, using innovative technology that can lift
bridges weighing as much as a fully loaded Boeing 747, in a matter of hours.
    The old bridge will be lifted away and replaced with a pre-constructed
bridge that has been built nearby. The entire process will take 17 hours
instead of traditional bridge replacement of two to three years.
    This rapid replacement technique also helps protect the environment by
eliminating the greenhouse gas emissions that are produced by idling cars when
traditional construction causes traffic delays.
    The $9.6-million construction contract to replace the bridge was awarded
to Dufferin Construction of Oakville.


    "Innovative technologies such as the Clyde Ave Bridge replacement are key
to Ontario's future prosperity. By using green technologies we are creating
jobs, protecting the environment and keeping Ontario's economy strong and
competitive," said Transportation Minister Jim Bradley.

    "More than 150,000 commuters and tourists and 6,000 trucks use the Clyde
Avenue Bridge everyday. Replacing the Clyde Ave Bridge in 17 hours will keep
driver inconvenience to a minimum," said Ottawa West-Nepean MPP Jim Watson.

    "This amazing piece of equipment saves time, money and the environment,"
said Ottawa Centre MPP Yasir Naqvi.


    -   The Clyde Ave Bridge will be closed to traffic beginning at 6:00 p.m.
        on August 2, 2008 and the new bridge is expected to open on
        August 3 at 11:00 a.m.

    -   This new way of replacing bridges is not only fast: it also saves
        money. In fact, by using rapid replacement technology to replace the
        Clyde Ave Bridge, Ontario expects to save about $2.4 million in
        construction fees as long-term lane closures are avoided.

    -   In August 2007, the province used rapid replacement technology to
        replace the Island Park Bridge
        on Highway 417/Queensway in a record-breaking 15 hours.

    -   Rapid replacement technology is used effectively across Europe and
        the United States.


    Watch the replacement of the Clyde Ave Bridge
    (http://www.clydeavenuecamera.com/) as it happens.

    Learn more about rapid replacement technology.

    Read the Ontario government's five-year investment plan in highway
    construction for Southern Ontario.

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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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