The Cst. John Verral Memorial Bridge spans Patterson Creek along Queensway East in Simcoe, Ontario. The existing bridge was designed in 1922 with a concrete deck supported by steel girders and concrete abutments. It was widened in 1956, and again in 1977 to its current 4-lane width with sidewalks. The structure underwent a major rehabilitation in 1992. The structure has exceeded the Canadian Highway Bridge Design Code life expectancy of 75 years, and is due for a rehabilitation or replacement.
This Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (MCEA) has determined the preferred solution is to replace the bridge and provided a recommended design of a 5 lane bridge with sidewalks in accordance with current safety standards and the Canadian Highway Bridge Design Code. The process has considered:
- The natural and physical environment,
- The transportation environment,
- The economic environment, and
- The social and cultural environment.
The Notice of Completion for the Schedule 'C' MCEA was issued on July 22, 2020. A full copy of the Environmental Study Report can be downloaded in the section below.
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Work Recently Completed (as of July 16, 2021):
- Stage 1 Traffic Control measures and demolition work for the eastbound lanes is ongoing.
- Service Disruption Notices for sidewalk and trail closures, and restrictions for oversized loads continue.
- Helical piles and foundation footings for Stage 1 are complete.
Work Planned for Next Period:
- Abutments for Stage 1 to be formed with rebar.
- Concrete pours for Stage 1 abutments planned, weather permitting.
- Utility relocation work extended longer than anticipated which has resulted in a revised completion date of December 2021.
- Current work is on schedule.
- The work is currently on budget.