Niagara Region to install means protection on Burgoyne Bridge this spring

Niagara Region is beginning to install means protection on Burgoyne Bridge in St. Catharines. The contractor (Rankin Construction Inc.) will be onsite doing some prep work in the next few days. The project is scheduled to take place from now until May 2020. The means protection will be the first of their kind in North America constructed from aluminum.

During the construction period, lane closures will be in effect on the Burgoyne Bridge and at certain times, below the bridge on Highway 406. Traffic will be closed in one direction on the bridge, from the start of work in February 2020 until the expected completion of construction in May 2020. The lane closure will alternate during the construction period, with one lane open at all times and traffic signals at each end facilitating the traffic flow. Notice of lane or road closures will be provided in advance.

The means protection will be installed on the outside of Burgoyne Bridge and will be a simple picket barrier design which minimizes visual obstructions. On the inside of the bridge between the two spans, stainless steel netting will be installed.

Aluminum was chosen due to its greater resistance to corrosion and its lighter weight which reduces installation timing and ongoing maintenance costs. Aluminum was marginally less expensive for initial installation costs due to the galvanizing process required for the steel components.

Aluminum also has a lower life cycle cost due to the longer material life of aluminum which is expected to remain in service condition for a longer period of time compared to galvanized steel. Aluminum oxidizes naturally and is extremely durable in our climate.

The longevity of galvanized steel is dependant on the quality and durability of its galvanizing and its ability to resist corrosion. The aluminum picket barriers have a 125-year life span which will match the design life of Burgoyne Bridge. The internal stainless steel netting has a long service life, is highly durable, weather resistant and customizable.

In January 2019 Niagara Region’s Medical Officer of Health and Commissioner (Acting), M. Mustafa Hirji, brought forward a report to Public Health and Social Services Committee entitled PHD 03-2019 Preventing Deaths by Suicide on Public Infrastructure. Informed by this report, Council directed staff to proceed with planning for means protection at Burgoyne.

The report to Public Works Committee in April 14, 2019 provided the rationale for the installation of the means protection with Parsons Inc. who were involved in the original construction of Burgoyne Bridge as the consultant. Rankin Construction was selected as the contractor after a Request for Tender process in November 2019.


Norman Miller
Niagara Region
905-980-6000 ext. 3215

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