$3 billion project underway to rebuild 40 year old traffic hub
(Bolton, Ontario) – January 16, 2018 – Acrow Bridge, a leading international bridge engineering and supply company, has announced it has supplied a long-term temporary modular steel bridge to KPH Turcot for use during the Turcot Interchange reconstruction in Montréal. The structure is the longest clear span Acrow bridge in Canada and is expected to be in place for two years.
The Turcot Interchange is a three-level stack freeway interchange, and the largest in the province of Québec. It is heavily traveled and carries an estimated 300,000 vehicles per day. Because it is located in a high density residential and commercial area and links the Montréal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport with downtown Montréal, it is critical that traffic flow be maintained throughout the project. Acrow’s structure will allow vehicles to travel from northbound Autoroute 15 to westbound Autoroute 20.
The rented Acrow components arrived on site in September and the bridge was launched over the weekend of October 27-29. The new configuration was opened to traffic on December 11.
The bridge is 82.31 meters (270 feet) long by 5 meters (16.4 feet) wide and has an orthotropic deck with asphalt. Due to the site restriction, it was impossible to install the bridge using a crane, so instead a full cantilever launch was employed utilizing a 48.7 meter (160 feet) launching nose. The installer used premanufactured 3 meter (10 feet) sections and launched in sequence.
The project was ordered by the Ministère des Transports du Québec and the design-build contractor is KPH Turcot, a partnership of Construction Kiewit Cie and Parsons Canada Ltée as members, as well as WSP Canada Inc. and Holcim (Canada) Inc. as participants.
Benoit Forget, Acrow’s regional director for Québec/New Brunswick, commented, “It is gratifying to be a part of this major construction project. The temporary structure will keep traffic moving and away from construction areas in this densely populated and travel site in Montréal, ensuring a safer work zone.”
Added Ken Scott, President, Acrow Ltd., “Using a rental structure allows for a fixed dollar-amount to be allocated to the detour bridge. In addition to the obvious safety benefits, the rental market is growing in the highway construction industry because it can help ensure a project stays on or ahead of schedule, important for both contractors and government agencies.”
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