It’s been said that in Ontario there are two seasons, Winter and Construction.
The Provincial election is less than five (5) months away. The Province is will be pouring $2.5 billion into 224 projects in 2011-12, according to Ontario Transportation Minister Kathleen Wynne.
Given that the shelf life of many of Ontario’s bridges and overpasses have expired and that the crumbling infrastructure must be addressed, sooner than later, the investment in this area is very necessary and much appreciated.
The Province has approximately 13,000 bridges and all have to be reviewed by the various municipalities in which the bridges reside. $750,000.00 has been provided to the Province to create a registry of those bridges and the condition of those specific bridges.
Along with the highway projects, the Province will be planting 200,000 trees parallel to the highways.
The government announced yesterday that construction will begin on highways and bridges in Ontario; the key construction projects include:
Improvements to Highway 427 between the QEW and the 401 to keep drivers safe, ease congestion and extend the life of the highway. Highway 427 on the southbound collector lanes from Mimico Creek to the bridge over the CP Rail track between Dundas St. W. and North Queen St.; a new transit-only lane from eastbound Eglinton Ave. to the Highway 427 southbound collector lanes, and the widening of the Dundas east and west ramp to two lanes. The road-work, expected to begin later this month, is to be completed by the end of summer 2013.
Repairs to the Burlington Bay Skyway bridge Toronto-bound lanes that will keep this main transportation artery in good condition. Replacement of bridge expansion joints and steel coating on the Burlington Skyway has already begun and is expected to continue until November 2012. All lanes will remain open during the day with partial lane closures at night until October.
Repairs to bridges in Chatham-Kent, Elgin County and Brantford will improve safety for drivers and extend bridge life – key to Ontario’s economic renewal. Bridge construction and repairs will also begin this month on Highway 401 and Highway 403 in Chatham-Kent, Elgin County and Brantford.
As part of the ongoing Highway 401 rehabilitation project that began last year, the westbound collector lanes between Keele St. and Kipling Ave. are being widened to provide an additional lane for westbound traffic by fall 2012. Repaving and bridge construction means that stretch will be down to one lane for some periods during the summer, the first of which is the weekend of June 25-26.
The northbound Weston Rd.’s on-ramp to westbound Highway 401 will also be closed until the end of November 2011.