Port Colborne bridge repair updates

The Mayor’s Report: With Port Colborne Mayor John Maloney

City of Port Colborne Mayor John Maloney.

City of Port Colborne Mayor John Maloney.

By Mayor John Maloney – I wanted to share a quick update on the status of the bridge work impacting Main Street in Port Colborne, namely the resurfacing of the Weir 8 Bridge, and the repairs underway to the Jack-knife Bridge (19).

The repairs to the Weir 8 Bridge had to be made before winter and the repairs to the Main Street Bridge could not be started before the end of the navigation season in December. It has been a transportation headache for our community and I appreciate your patience.

As you are aware, major repair work at the Weir 8 Bridge was completed at the beginning of December, 2015. To ensure the integrity of the bridge, the St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation (SLSMC) engineers determined that the depth of the concrete deck had to be retained to the original design specification. Consequently, the addition of asphalt to resurface the concrete bridge deck resulted in a slight raise in elevation.

While slight, the increase in elevation was sufficient to cause motorists to experience a more pronounced bump when crossing over the end of the bridge to the adjacent road surface, particularly when driving westbound, and subsequently riding over the railway crossing.

To deal with the current situation, SLSMC plans to install signage advising motorists of the bump. When asphalt plants re-open in the spring, the Seaway will undertake work to mill the upper asphalt layer and then proceed to re-asphalt the bridge deck surface, in order to create a tapered transition to the adjacent road bed.

This work should be completed by June, 2016.

Now, let’s turn our attention to the Jack-knife Bridge (19), which was damaged by a shipping accident.

The contract to repair the bridge has been awarded to Roberts Onsite Inc. and this firm started to mobilize its resources at the worksite on Monday, February 8, 2016. Work will continue to proceed over the next few weeks, and the bridge is scheduled to be reopened to the public on March 18, 2016.

Mr. Luc Boisclair, General Manager – Engineering with the SLSMC extends his personal thanks to residents, business owners and those passing through for bearing with this closure over the past few months.

“Having circulation on a principal city street impacted by a shipping accident is by no means trivial, and the SLSMC very much appreciates the goodwill that has been displayed in working with the city to resolve the challenges at hand,” stated Mr. Boisclair.



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