Cst. John Verral Memorial Bridge Replacement
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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.

For hard copies of this information, please get in touch with one of the contacts listed below.

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Work Recently Completed (as of October 8, 2021):

  • Stage 2 Traffic Control measures and construction work for the westbound lanes has begun.
  • Service Disruption Notices for sidewalk and trail closures, and restrictions for oversized loads continue.
  • Asphalt removals and barrier removals for Stage 2 completed.
  • Concrete deck cutting and removal work has begun.

Work Planned for Next Period:

  • Complete concrete deck removal and potentially complete steel girder removal.
  • Stage 2 traffic control and various removals and demolition work will continue.


  • Utility relocation work extended longer than anticipated which has contributed to a delay in completion.
  • Due to material supply issues and labour shortages, the work is estimated to be 6 weeks behind schedule.
  • The delays and anticipated cold weather work will impact the final completion date. Extensions to permit deadlines will be required to continue autumn/winter work.
  • The updated final completion date is now May 2022 (pending approval of permit extension).


  • The work is currently on budget.
Progress Photo (September 2021):  
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A. Ryan Elliott, P.Eng., BDS

Director of Structural Engineering 


Consulting Engineers, Architects & Planners

2 Talbot Street North, Simcoe, ON N3Y 5N4

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Jeff Demeulemeester, CET

Project Manager, Engineering

Public Works Division

Norfolk County

183 Main Street of Delhi, Delhi, Ontario, N4B 2M3

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