Sherman Brown Bridge in Chatham-Kent to be Repaired

    McGuinty Government Infrastructure Improvements Continue

    TORONTO, June 20 /CNW/ -


    Ontario will repair the Sherman Brown Bridge on Highway 40 over the
Thames River in Chatham-Kent this summer. The repairs will improve road safety
for the more than 10,000 drivers who use the bridge each day.
    Work will be done on the bridge deck, the barrier walls, and sidewalk.
The project is expected to be complete by this fall.
    The government awarded the $1.5-million construction contract to McLean
Taylor Construction Limited, Meadowridge Properties Limited, McLean Taylor
Holdings Limited of St. Marys.
    During construction, Highway 40 will be reduced to a single lane in each
direction controlled by temporary traffic signals. Access to the highway will
be restricted near the bridge. Signs will be posted in advance to notify
drivers of closures and detour routes.


    "We are repairing the Sherman Brown Bridge to ensure that the Ontario
families who travel on it can do so safely," said Transportation Minister Jim
Bradley (
    "Ontario understands the importance of the Sherman Brown Bridge to the
local community and is taking action to keep it in top condition," said
Chatham-Kent-Essex MPP Pat Hoy.
    "This work is great news for Chatham-Kent area residents and businesses. 
Keeping this bridge in a good state of repair will improve driver safety,"
said Lambton-Kent-Middlesex MPP Maria Van Bommel


    -   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. Funding is
        distributed based on the municipalities' share of Ontario's road
        network in relation to population.

    -   The McGuinty government has committed $9.3 billion in highways, roads
        and bridges and invested $6.2 billion in public transit since 2003.


    Read the Ontario government's five-year investment plan in highway
construction ( for
Southern Ontario.
    Get up-to-date road condition information
( 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 (

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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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