Overpass construction to close Highway 401 in Ingersoll for two nights
Construction being done on Highway 19 in Ingersoll. Highway 401 will shut down for two nights this week, as construction will be done on the Highway 19 overpass. (BRUCE CHESSELL/Sentinel-Review)
Those driving on Highway 401 may experience some delays around Ingersoll this week.
According to the Ministry of Transportation (MTO), Highway 401 will be closed from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. on Wednesday June 21 and Thursday June 22, to allow for six large sections of the Highway 19 overpass to be assembled.
The construction has been ongoing for some time now, and those who frequently drive through Ingersoll on Highway 19 have seen the work being done on the overpass.
Christina Martin, administrative assistant at the MTO, told the Sentinel-Review via email that the components include girders and the bridge deck, which have been built on the south east side of the interchange.
“Highway 401 traffic will be rerouted via Highway 19 interchange ramps, with OPP assistance to bypass the work zone,” Martin said. “Highway 19 will also be fully closed to traffic between Clarke Road and Curry Road in Ingersoll. Some traffic delays are expected during parts of the work.”
The project also includes two single-lane roundabouts, which were constructed at the ramp terminals of Highway 19. The total cost of the project is $10,297,000, and the work was awarded to Dufferin Construction late last year and is targeted to be complete in October of this year.
“The project will utilize accelerated bridge construction to minimize the closure of Highway 19,” Martin said. “Typically, this method includes the fabrication of the major bridge components near the site prior to the demolition of the existing bridge, followed by assembling the bridge deck components using large cranes and overnight closures.”