An international engineering firm with an Ottawa presence has landed a deal the province of Ontario to study the bridges that allow Highway 417 to run through downtown Ottawa.
The province’s ministry of transportation is paying Morrison Hershfield to develop a strategy for either rehabilitating or replacing the 23 crossings between Holland Avenue and O’Connor Street, according to an advertisement it placed about the work.
The ministry anticipates the firm will have the work done by summer of 2014, wrote Brandy Duhaime, a spokeswoman for the ministry, in an e-mailed response to questions.
However she doesn’t expect construction to start before 2018. That’s because it doesn’t want to create more traffic tie-ups on the highway as the City of Ottawa works on its light-rail transit project running through downtown, she wrote.Any actual construction would depend on the government providing the necessary funding and environmental approvals, she wrote. Morrison Hershfield will, in the meantime, look into “short term construction strategies” needed to maintain the bridges until then.
The value of the consultant work the firm is doing is worth $1,330,500, wrote Ms. Duhaime.