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Nipigon River Bridge Construction Updates & Progress

Video Credits: Republished From YouTube / JIMMCMAC

Construction Progress & Creating Anticipation

Bookmark This Page To Follow Construction Progress From The First Pile Driven In The Ground - To The First Vehicle Driven Over The Bridge . . . .
The objective of this website will be to help create global awareness of this multi million dollar construction project and to promote the region as a world class four seasons vacation & travel destination during as well as long after construction is completed.
From the moment the first pile is driven into the ground - to the day the first vehicle crosses the bridge, NipigonRiverBridge.com promises to provide not only ongoing construction updates and progress reports, but area travel, accommodation and attraction details as well.
Activities Of Note: (as per Bot Construction Group Website)

Bot Ferrovial Joint Venture to Build Ontario’s First Cable-Stayed Bridge

The cable-stayed design allows for longer deck spans with no in-water structures, a significant environmental protection feature, and incorporates a segregated pedestrian pathway. Works will involve installation of 182 steel piles to 50-70m depths for a cast-in-place sub-structure (41m x 20.5m x 3.5m) and erection of a pre-cast, three-tower centre pier, to a height of 51m above the bridge deck.

The 252m deck will be built sequentially from the centre pier outwards by mean of balanced cantilever technology, (139m east span and 113 west span). Materials include 1800 tonnes of structural steel girders, 480 pre-cast concrete panels and 66 steel cables. Works for the 4.9 km four lane widening of 11/17 will involve of granular placement (165,000t), earth excavation (125,000m3), rock embankment (60,000m3), installation of roadway lighting and surface course asphalt paving.

Equipment operations will include cranes (120t and 400t), pile drivers, graders, dozers, excavators, packers, loaders, boom trucks and licensed dump trucks.

The two phase staging design provides for a traffic switch to the new bridge on completion of two lanes of the bridge deck, and the full demolition of the existing bridge before completion of phase-two of the structure. Lane restrictions will occur through the duration of the contract. For safety reasons, during lifting operations short duration full lane closures are anticipated.

Work will be performed under the BFNJV’s Environmental Management Plan and permits issued by MOE. Hours of operation are 7:00 am to sunset.

Steve Bot, Vice President and General Manager of Bot Construction Group confirmed that construction will begin in the fall of 2013 and that planned opening of this unique landmark structure is scheduled for 2017.

The unique design of this cable stayed bridge allows the entire construction to be completed without the need of any in water structures and consists of a three tower center pier with the installation of the bridge deck spanning outwards east and west for a total length of 252 m. The east span will be 139m and the west span will be slightly shorter at 113m. Once completed the existing Nipigon Bridge will be demolished as part of the contract.

Bot Construction's joint venture partner, Ferrovial Agroman is highly experienced in the field of transportation infrastructure with numerous innovative engineering and construction projects to its credit throughout Eurpoe and North America. Recent notable projects include the Tilos' Arch viaduct, known as one of the largest arch bridges in the world as well as the cable stayed bridge over the Henares River in Spain.

The Bot Construction Group of companies is one of Ontario’s largest, privately owned heavy civil engineering and construction organizations. Works currently underway by Bot include: bridges on The Hon. Herb Gray Parkway at Windsor (WEMG); GO rail-line bridge over the Humber River at Weston Road, Toronto (Metrolinx); Highway 69 expansion at Sudbury (MTO); CN Rail grade separation at Milton, (Town of Milton); and the expansion of Highway 11/17 at Thunder Bay (MTO). Bot’s extensive portfolio of completed structures works includes the Hwy 401/410 interchange at Mississauga, Ontario’s longest and highest fourth level post-tensioned bridge; the Hwy 400/407 interchange at Toronto, Ontario’s largest major highway interchange; and the Dundas Street Bridge at Trenton, North America’s first multi-span bridge structure to be laterally ‘slid into place’.

As the project nears completion we will continue to build anticipation and excitement and encourage as many visitors as possible to attend the opening and be amongst the first to cross the bridge.

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