Durham Region recognized with award for Cochrane Street Bridge Project

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Photo cutline - 2023 Municipal Concrete Award presentation at the Good Roads conference. (L to R) Alen Keri, Director of Technical Services, Concrete Ontario; Rob Baldasaro, Project Manager, Region of Durham; Chris DaSilva, Superintendent, Soncin Construction; Paul Soncin, Partner, Soncin Construction; and John Parsons, President, Good Roads Board of Directors. (Region of Durham photo)

Ontario Construction News staff writer

The Regional Municipality of Durham and Soncin Construction were presented with Good Roads’ 2023 Municipal Concrete Award for the Cochrane Street Bridge replacement project, located over the Canadian Pacific Kansas City (CPKC) Rail.

The award was presented at the recent Good Roads Conference.

“Durham Region’s commitment to innovation is demonstrated in this project by working with the consultant and contractor to provide a modern design that balances the railway operations with the needs of cyclists, pedestrians and vehicle traffic within the community,” said Dan Waechter, acting director of transportation and field services.

“Receiving this recognition from Good Roads shows the unique challenges that came with completing a project of this magnitude while maintaining public safety and with minimal disruption to CP Rail Operations.”

With a modern design, new active transportation are included for cyclists and pedestrians to cross the rail corridor. Sidewalk and on-street bike lanes safely transition into a single three-metre-wide shared multi-use path on the bridge. The project involved complex work within a busy rail corridor.

Selection of bridge design elements was based on constructability within an active railway corridor with unique ground conditions and incorporates CPKC Rail design criteria and includes railway horizontal and vertical clearances that exceed CPKC Rail’s minimum safety requirements.

The bridge design meets the standards for Transportation Association of Canada (TAC), Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), Canadian Highway Bridge Design Code and Ministry of Transportation Ontario (MTO) Structural Manual.

Design work was completed in late 2022, with all permits for construction obtained, ready for public tender and construction in Spring 2023 and completed at the end of 2023.

The Cochrane Street Bridge Replacement Project was identified as a priority due to the original bridge’s end of service life and the vital need to deliver transportation projects that ensure effective asset management, and improve active transportation as identified in Durham Region’s Regional Cycling Plan.

The Municipal Concrete Award, sponsored by Concrete Ontario, annually recognizes municipal-private sector collaborations in concrete road and bridge construction in Ontario. Criteria for the award considered conformance to specifications based on testing, aesthetics, workmanship, innovation and the method on how the work was completed including public engagement.

Good Roads is a municipal association that focuses on the quality and design of roads in Ontario. They have been devoted to the cause of better roads since 1894.

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