QEW bridge construction in Mississauga will shut down part of one highway lane next week


Published April 21, 2022 at 2:02 pm

QEW bridge construction will shut down part of one highway lane next week
QEW lane closures in Mississauga are necessary while crews continue to work on the Credit River bridge. (Rendering from QEW/Credit River Improvement Project)

Drivers and area residents can expect additional minor traffic disruptions and some extra noise next week in Mississauga as work on the new QEW bridge over the Credit River continues. 

The disruptions will impact part of the QEW and other areas in the vicinity of Mississauga Rd. and the highway, according to officials with the QEW/Credit River Improvement Project.

In addition to ongoing traffic adjustments in the area due to construction, officials say several other minor disruptions will be added to the mix for a couple of days next week.

The following closures will be in place next Tuesday and Wednesday (April 26-27) at the noted times:

  • shoulder lane closure in the QEW westbound lanes from the Credit River to Mississauga Rd. (9 p.m. to 6 a.m.)
  • one lane closure at the westbound QEW off-ramp to Mississauga Rd. (10 p.m. to 6 a.m.)
  • full closure of Mississauga Rd. from westbound QEW off-ramp to South Sheridan Way (9 p.m. to 6 a.m.)

The closures are necessary as work crews install the girders for the new Mississauga Rd. bridge, project officials say.

They add that the impact to drivers and area residents includes minor traffic disruptions and minor noise impacts.

Image shows areas that will be impacted for a couple of days next week. (Image: QEW/Credit River Improvement Project)

Meanwhile, night and weekend work along the 2.6-km stretch of the QEW from Hurontario St. to Mississauga Rd. is expected to impact traffic for the duration of construction.

After years of planning, work on the new bridge continues to move forward. 

Officials with EllisDon Corp. and Coco Paving Inc., who head up the building team awarded the $313.8-million contract in late 2020, say the stakeholder review and comment period ended last November.

That meant the massive project met requirements of an environmental assessment and was given the green light to move forward with construction. 

Work this winter included: 

  • rehabilitation of the existing 87-year-old, historically significant QEW bridge over the Credit River  
  • new active transportation (walking, cycling, in-line skating, etc.) bridge across the Credit River 
  • landscape design 
  • design refinements 
  • commemoration and aesthetic treatment strategies 

The project, first studied by Ontario’s Ministry of Transportation (MTO) in 2013, initially called for demolition of the existing 840-ft.-long bridge, which was built in 1934 and expanded in 1960.   

However, public outcry and strong opposition from Mississauga City council in late 2019 changed the provincial government’s mind, and it was decided the existing span, located just east of Mississauga Rd., would be rehabilitated instead.  

The Province said that based on the feedback it received in the aftermath of the demolition announcement, it made the decision to preserve the original heritage structure of the bridge, which is owned by the Ontario government. 

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