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Victoria Road Reconstruction and Eramosa Bridge Replacement

Services, Transportation Services

Victoria Road Reconstruction and Eramosa Bridge Replacement

Client: City of Guelph
Location: Guelph, Ontario

Project Description:

R.V. Anderson Associates Limited (RVA) was retained to undertake the design, contract administration and inspection for the reconstruction and widening of Victoria Road from Stone Road to York Road. The project included:

  • A new three-span four-lane bridge with bike lanes;
  • Widening of existing four-lane arterial roadway (north of the Eramosa River to York Road) including bike lanes;
  • Widening of existing two-lane rural road (south of the Eramosa River to Stone Road) to a four-lane rural road with bike lanes;
  • Design of new sewer systems (storm and sanitary) and water mains;
  • 300 mm diameter grey-water line, 500 mm diameter water main and 750 mm diameter trunk sanitary sewer were attached to the underside of the bridge deck to reduce construction impacts to the Eramosa River and surrounding environment;
  • Stakeholder communications and public information centres; and
  • All required agency approvals.

The bridge was replaced in two stages to maintain two lanes of traffic during construction. The bridge replacement won the Ontario Public Works Association’s Project of the Year Award for Transportation Projects for $2–10 Million.

The Eramosa River is a highly sensitive area that required a number of issues to be addressed, including soil contamination on the north side of the river near the existing industrial site, rock face on the south side of the river that is susceptible to erosion, migratory birds using the original bridge structure for nesting, frequent use of the trail below the existing bridge by pedestrians and cyclists, and the frequent use of the river by canoeists.

To minimize impacts to the river, a design with no piers in the water was implemented, and various methods were used to minimize debris or sediment from entering the river. A pile foundation design was selected for the north pier where contaminated soils were found, to eliminate dewatering during the construction.

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