Comment 80789

By Chevron (anonymous) | Posted September 09, 2012 at 09:24:25 in reply to Comment 76174

Considering that highway jurisdiction seems to trump all else, I suspect it's the MTO involved in the design more than the city, but Infrastructure Ontario would also be involved. IO's tendering process means that there's minimal opportunity for public input (look at the intensely secretive design process of the Pan Am Stadium, for example... and in that case, the City was kicking in $60 million) and possibly none at all.

Planning on the west end 403 bridges dates back to the DiIanni era. It was scheduled in 2006 planning documents, but once you factor in the capital budgeting process for infrastructure work, it'd be earlier still:

From Southern Ontario Highways Program 2006 to 2010
Page 23: Central Ontario Rehabilitation 2007

Highway: 403
Status: New
Location: King St./Main St./York Blvd./Aberdeen Ave., Hamilton
Description: Bridge rehabilitations
Target Completion: 2008

And with west-end work inching to a close…

“The Ontario transport ministry will begin its tendering process to upgrade the last three bridges along the Queen Elizabeth Way through Stoney Creek early next year.

Ministry spokesperson Astrid Poei said bids to repair the Grays Road, Winona Road, andFruitland Road bridges will be issued sometime in January or February, 2013. She said the work is scheduled to be complete by the end of the year. The costs of the bid could not be revealed.

Those tenders had been scheduled to be issued in July 2012, but have been pushed back until next year. Poei said it was because the ministry wanted to complete further designs on the bridges.”

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