The Regional Municipality of Niagara has partnered with Hatch to replace the 63-year-old bridge and extend the structure’s life as a local transportation corridor.

“Our goal has been to reduce the impact of construction during the Central Avenue Bridge replacement,” said Biljana Rajlic, Hatch’s practice lead for highways and bridges in Canada. “We’ve applied an innovative rapid bridge replacement technique and sequenced construction beside the existing structure, minimising shutdowns and reducing the effects on daily traffic.”

The slide of the bridge took place over the course of eight hours. In preparation for the operation, a new substructure was constructed below the existing bridge to align with the new steel plate girder superstructure as it was slid into place.

Central Avenue Bridge