Burlington Canal Lift Bridge: Bridge deck replacement project

Find out about the deck replacement project for the existing Burlington Canal Lift Bridge.

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Project overview

Location

Burlington, Ontario
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Type of project

Replacement

Lead department

Public Services and Procurement Canada

Design and engineering consultant

AECOM Canada Ltd.

Construction manager

EllisDon Civil Ltd. and Chant Ltd., in joint venture

Project cost

$32.5 million

Project status

Phase 1 and 2: work in progress

Next steps

Rehabilitation of the approach spans has started and will continue through summer 2024.

Project description

About the bridge

The Burlington Canal Lift Bridge provides access to thousands of motorists and pedestrians entering Hamilton Harbour.

Replacement project

We are undertaking a project to replace the existing bridge deck. The project has 3 main objectives:

It is anticipated that this project will extend the life of key components of the bridge by approximately:

This project will improve the overall operations of the bridge, extend its lifespan and ensure the continued safety of bridge users.

The design and engineering tender was posted on buyandsell.gc.ca in early November 2021 and closed on December 21, 2021. The design and engineering contract was awarded to AECOM Canada Ltd. on January 21, 2022.

The construction management tender was posted on buyandsell.gc.ca on April 12, 2022, and closed on June 3, 2022. The construction management contract was awarded to EllisDon Civil Ltd. and Chant Ltd., in joint venture, on June 21, 2022.

Project phases

The project is being delivered in 2 phases, as described below.

Phase 1: Removing and replacing the existing bridge deck

Phase 1 of the project includes replacing the lift span deck.

This work began during the winter 2022 to 2023 seasonal shutdown (late December 2022 to March 2023) and continued through the rest of 2023.

Work accelerated during the winter 2024 seasonal shutdown (January to March 2024) and will be complete by the time the bridge is due to reopen for marine navigation.

A bridge closure is required from January to March 2024 to complete phase 1 of the project, replacing the lift span deck, and to begin phase 2, rehabilitating the approach spans. During this time, the bridge is closed to motorists, cyclists and pedestrians.

Phase 2: Rehabilitating the bridge approach spans and widening localized sections of the sidewalk

Phase 2 of the project includes rehabilitating the approach spans.

This work began during the winter 2024 seasonal shutdown (January to March 2024) and will continue through summer 2024.

A bridge closure is required from January to March 2024 for phase 2 of the project, rehabilitating the approach spans. During this time, the bridge is closed to motorists, cyclists and pedestrians.

When the bridge reopens for the 2024 navigation season on March 21, work on phase 2 will continue through summer 2024, with 1 lane open for alternating traffic until completion. During this period:

Public notices about the closures will be issued in advance and shared through our social media channels. This will ensure that the public is aware of each closure and its impact on local traffic. The same information will be distributed to stakeholders for further broadcasting.

Photo gallery

Photo of the decking being bolted down and  the vehicular barrier being installed on the Burlington Canal Lift Bridge

Phase 1—The west side of the lift span deck is being replaced on the Burlington Canal Lift Bridge.

Photo of the decking being bolted down and  the vehicular barrier being installed on the Burlington Canal Lift Bridge

Phase 1—The decking on the Burlington Canal Lift Bridge is being bolted down and the vehicular barrier is being installed. 

Photo of asphalt being removed on the south approach of the Burlington Canal Lift Bridge as construction workers prepare for demolition with machinery

Phase 2—Asphalt is being removed to prepare for demolition on the south approach of the Burlington Canal Lift Bridge.

Key milestones

Project background

Engaging with stakeholders

In early 2020, we started work on a concept design to replace the bridge deck. While developing the preliminary design, we advised and consulted with the key stakeholders affected by the project:

We are ensuring that stakeholders are regularly consulted throughout the planning process.

Initial meetings with stakeholders were held in May and July 2021. All stakeholders have asked PSPC to continue engaging with them on this project, as it will have a significant impact on:

Latest news about this project

July 7, 2022: Government of Canada awards construction management contract for Burlington Canal Lift Bridge deck replacement

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