Friday, December 14, 2018

Prep work for Windsor overpass project to last until year’s end

Preparation work continues for a new multi-lane overpass that will link the Herb Gray Parkway to the Canadian plaza of the Gordie Howe International Bridge.

Construction on the actual project next to one of Windsor’s busiest intersections and primary route for commuters — Ojibway Parkway and E.C. Row Expressway — is expected to begin some time next spring, according to Ontario’s transportation ministry.

But site preparation, being handled by Amico Infrastructure, got underway in mid-September and will likely continue until the end of this year, according to the Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority, which is overseeing that portion of the project.

“The work includes the installation of a drainage layer, wick drains and the temporary placement of advance fill,” said Mark Butler, spokesman for WDBA.

Up to 25,000 vehicles travel through the intersection daily.

While the overpass construction project belongs to MTO, the bridge authority agreed to undertake the preparatory work — thanks to equipment already on site as part of the $50-million Early Works bridge plaza site preparation effort, Butler said.

“By WDBA completing this work, we are able to achieve efficiencies due to resources already operating at the site,” he said.

Traffic on Ojibway Parkway is not anticipated to be affected by the preparation work. But once the overpass project begins, it will take two years to complete with traffic disruptions expected to occur throughout the duration with lane closures.

The project includes installation of two separate bridges to carry traffic in both directions with a total of eight lanes rising above Ojibway Parkway.

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