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Monday August 12th, 2013

Posted at 3:07pm

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Diagram of the Herb Gray Parkway

The Ontario government has retained a group of leading experts in structural engineering to review concerns about certain concrete girders used on the Rt. Hon. Herb Gray Parkway and make recommendations on next steps.

Chaired by Harvey J. Kirsh, a recognized authority in construction law, the experts will assess the safety, durability, quality and performance of girders containing tack-welded steel. Part of the review will involve assessing the girders’ compliance with any applicable act, code or regulation.

The review will focus on the use of a number of concrete girders installed in tunnels, on which construction is not completed and are not open to the public.

The girders in question will be removed if their safety and durability cannot be assured and compliance concerns cannot be addressed. All findings will be made public.

Experts have been asked to submit findings and recommendations to the government by the end of August. A deadline extension may be granted at the request of the Chair of the review committee.

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