Labor disruptions postpone freeway replacement. 417 Booth Street Bridge Again

The planned closure of a section of the highway. 417 in Ottawa’s west end this weekend for bridge replacement has been postponed, and labor disruptions have delayed planned replacements of the Booth and Rochester street bridges this summer.

The Ontario Ministry of Transportation confirms that the planned closure of Highway 417 for the Booth Street Bridge replacement this weekend has been postponed again. The work, originally scheduled for last weekend and then rescheduled for July 21-25, continues to be delayed due to a strike in the construction sector.

“The Department of Transportation (MTO) plans to replace the Booth Street bridges during a future full closure of the 417 Freeway. However, replacements are delayed due to ongoing work stoppages,” the MTO said in a statement. “The new dates for the Booth Street Bridge replacements are dependent on the length of the current work stoppages.”

The MTO has also confirmed that the Rochester Street Bridge replacement scheduled for August 12-14 “has also been delayed.”

According to its website, LiUNA Local 527 held a ratification vote on July 13 and “a majority of members voted to reject the Interim Memorandum of Agreed Changes. As such, the NCRBA strike is still ongoing and picketing will resume on July 14″. .”

An industry watcher says more than 1,000 employees are on strike.

“So all of your major road works, your major sewer works, that you see in the city, are affected greatly. There are non-union companies, of course, but the larger jobs are usually done by union companies, so all those big jobs are affected,” said John Devries, president and general manager of the Ottawa Construction Association.

“Those jobs are usually closed, because other unions don’t do the scope of work of the striking unions; because of the nature of the team, the crews, they can’t go to work, so it pretty much affects the whole industry.”

The ministry said the public will be informed of the new road closure dates when they are confirmed.

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