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Government of Ontario

Government of Ontario

July 28, 2014 08:30 ET

Westminster Drive Bridge Replacement Underway Thanks to Government Partnership

LONDON, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - July 28, 2014) - Work is now underway in London to replace the 55-year-old Westminster Drive Bridge, renewing the Highway 401 corridor, while supporting future growth.

Designed to be longer and wider than its predecessor, the new structure will allow for future widening of Highway 401 to eight lanes.

Employing an innovative approach to bridge replacement, components of the new Westminster Drive Bridge were prefabricated off-site last winter and are to be assembled locally, now that the old bridge has been removed. This accelerated bridge construction technique reduces the time needed for on-site construction, reduces traffic disruptions, and enhances safety.

Quick Facts

  • The governments of Canada and Ontario jointly committed $5 million towards total eligible costs for this initiative, under the Provincial-Territorial Base Fund.

  • The Provincial-Territorial Base Fund is part of the 2007 Building Canada Plan and is designed to address core infrastructure priorities in each jurisdiction.

Quotes

"Our Government is proud to contribute to projects like the replacement of the Westminster Drive Bridge, which will improve commute times and road safety. Our investment in this important infrastructure initiative once again shows our commitment to creating jobs in Canadian communities like London and its environs."

Joe Preston, Member of Parliament for Elgin-Middlesex-London, on behalf of the Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Infrastructure, Communities and Intergovernmental Affairs and Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec

"Ontario's economic plan includes a strong commitment to investing in public infrastructure that contributes to long-term, sustainable growth. The new Westminster Drive bridge will allow for the future widening of Highway 401 in the London area, giving drivers more room to get around and travel safely."

The Honourable Brad Duguid, Minister of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure

Associated Links

To learn more about the Provincial-Territorial Fund, visit: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/prog/ptbase-finbasept-eng.html.

For more information on Ontario's infrastructure investments, please visit www.moi.gov.on.ca.

For additional information on the New Building Canada Plan, visit: http://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/plan/plan-eng.html.

To learn more about the Government of Canada's focus on jobs and the economy consult Canada's Economic Action Plan at www.eap.gc.ca/.

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Contact Information

  • Vincent Rabault, Press Secretary
    Office of the Minister of Infrastructure, Communities
    and Intergovernmental Affairs and
    Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada
    for the Regions of Quebec
    613-943-1838

    Patrick Searle
    Press Secretary
    Office of the Minister of Economic Development,
    Employment and Infrastructure
    patrick.searle@ontario.ca
    416-327-1815

    Andrea Arbuthnot
    Communications Branch
    Ministry of Economic Development,
    Employment and Infrastructure
    Andrea.Arbuthnot@ontario.ca
    416-326-4542

    Infrastructure Canada
    613-960-9251
    Toll free: 1-877-250-7154
    media@infc.gc.ca