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Company seeks noise bylaw exemption for Skyway Bridge work

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UPDATE: Amended for approval of a six-month time frame with request for consultation with the public on possible mitigation measures.

The company responsible for creating a preliminary, detailed design and environmental assessment study for the rehabilitation of the Skyway Bridge will seek an exemption to the County’s noise bylaw at tomorrow’s council meeting.

Morrison Hershfield Limited wants the exemption to allow the contractor to perform construction work at any time (24 hours per day, seven days per week) for all of 2018.

The company has been retained by the Ministry of Transportation to conduct the study. The rehabilitation of the Highway 49 Bay of Quinte Skyway Bridge is to take place over six years 2018-2023. Built in 1967, the structure exhibits substantial deterioration, particularly to the bridge deck, piers, and steel girders. The structure does not meet current design standards for shoulder width and traffic barriers.

The primary sources of noice will include intermittent concrete chipping, air compressors, electric generators and continuous operation of diesel generators, engines and vehicles.

“Although most of the work will be conducted during the day, there will be certain situations where it will be necessary to complete the work at night to avoid disrupting traffic and to efficiently complete the project on schedule,” said Project Manager Joseph Ostrowski, in a letter to the County, noting the impacts are temporary, and largely unavoidable.

The company estimates there will be fewer than 25 nights of full closures for the installation of expansion joints and concrete pumping, over the six-year construction period.

Single lane traffic will be controlled by temporary traffic signals mounted on the bridge or at approaches to the work zone. The company has told the County that girder removals and erection will be by cranes on barges, or land below.

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  1. Steve Staniek says:

    The real problem with the Skyway that the MTO is trying to ignore, is the fact that the new deck will not be safe for cyclists or pedestrians.

  2. Dennis Fox says:

    Jim – relax, I think the article reads 6 months. What needs to be remembered is that there are homeowners living fairly close to this work site – what are they suppose to do for six months – wear ear plugs?

    I have to admit that I haven’t charted out the timing of all the work scheduled for our area, but I think we are going to be living in a construction zone for some time – bridge work on the Shyway, Murray Canal and the Norris Whitney,plus the planned work on the 401 to widen it to 4 lanes each way, between Wallbridge and 37 – plus whatever might be planned locally. So perhaps the 6 year time frame mentioned earlier is not that far off reality.

  3. Jim says:

    6 years of work, really?!?

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