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Thursday October 31st, 2013

Posted at 11:09am

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The Windsor-Essex Parkway

A report on the safety of additional girders used in the Herb Gray Parkway has been handed over to Minister of Transportation and Minister of Infrastructure Glen Murray.

“In August, the review was expanded to examine additional girders of the Parkway that require further evaluation.” said Murray. “Today, the experts provided the Deputy Minister and Chief Engineer with their supplemental report on these additional girders.”

A committee to examine the safety and integrity of certain girders used on the Herb Gray Parkway concluded earlier this month that the girders are not “safe and durable”.

Concerns were raised in July by Murray, and in August, the new North Talbot Road bridge was closed.

Three-hundred of the 500 girders produced with “tack” welds were installed at various spots on the Parkway project.

The committee concluded earlier this month that “existing non-compliant girders may be salvaged” through a process that will involve strengthening them, and any unsafe girders will be completely removed and replaced.

On the topic of the additional girder report, Murray said the Ministry’s chief engineer will be reviewing the report and will report back as quickly as possible.

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