McCormick Rankin to design underpass improvements east of Ottawa

Engineering firm McCormick Rankin has received a contract from the provincial government worth close to $400,000 to help fix an underpass east of downtown Ottawa.

The company will be doing the design work on the structure that allows motorists to travel underneath Highway 417 at County Road 7, just south of the Village of Casselman.

The province’s Ministry of Transportation wants to replace many of the structure’s materials, rehabilitate the road’s pavement and modify the area’s traffic signals, according to a notice published in local newspapers.

McCormick Rankin will receive $388,324.20 for the work, wrote Jane Munroe, a spokeswoman for the ministry, in an e-mail.

Ms. Munroe said she expects the construction tender for the project will be available this summer. Work will begin in the fall and then be completed in 2014.

The ministry doesn’t yet know how much the construction contract will be worth, she said.