West Montrose Bridge Rehabilitation - Woolwich

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This project supports the Region of Waterloo's strategic focus area(s): An icon representing the Region's strategic focus area, Sustainable transportation.West Montrose Bridge in Woolwich

Introduction

Have questions about upgrades to the West Montrose Covered Bridge? We'd like to hear from you. Feedback can be provided online by asking a question under the Questions tab.

Background

The Region of Waterloo is currently undertaking a Schedule "A+" Municipal Class Environmental Assessment for major structural upgrades to strengthen the West Montrose Covered Bridge in the Township of Woolwich.

This work stems from long-term monitoring and evaluation of the load-carrying capacity of the bridge. The full project timeline is shown at the right side of this

This project supports the Region of Waterloo's strategic focus area(s): An icon representing the Region's strategic focus area, Sustainable transportation.West Montrose Bridge in Woolwich

Introduction

Have questions about upgrades to the West Montrose Covered Bridge? We'd like to hear from you. Feedback can be provided online by asking a question under the Questions tab.

Background

The Region of Waterloo is currently undertaking a Schedule "A+" Municipal Class Environmental Assessment for major structural upgrades to strengthen the West Montrose Covered Bridge in the Township of Woolwich.

This work stems from long-term monitoring and evaluation of the load-carrying capacity of the bridge. The full project timeline is shown at the right side of this page.

Brief history of the West Montrose Covered Bridge

1881. The original bridge was constructed. The two span bridge employs wooden trusses to support weight on the bridge.

After 1900. Original wood abutments replaced with concrete abutments.

1933. The original wooden trusses are replaced.

1937 - 1998. The Ontario Department of Highways (DOH), now the Ministry of Transportation, assumes ownership of the bridge. The DOH undertakes miscellaneous work to strengthen the bridge, including the addition of steel World War II era bailey trusses, hidden from view by the use of white wood cladding.

1998. The Ministry of Transportation transfers ownership of the bridge to the Region of Waterloo.

1999 - 2014. The Region completes a number of major and minor rehabilitation projects. Long-term structural monitoring started in 2012.

2014 - 2019. The Region presents its 10-year Preservation Plan for the bridge. Improvement recommendations included: installation of fire and lightning protection ;regulatory and advisory signage improvements; approach barrier upgrades; bracing restoration; climate studies; survey sensor installation; sprinkler installation; illumination upgrades; floor beam strengthening; and overall structural strengthening. The Region begins to implement these recommendations.

2019. The Region completes the gathering of the long-term bridge monitoring data. A Structural Evaluation to the current Bridge Design Code is undertaken, using data gathered through long-term bridge monitoring.

2020. Region Council approves a structural rehabilitation plan for the bridge.

2020 - 2021. Detailed engineering design starts for the upgrades.

For a more detailed history of the bridge, please download the reports available in the right-hand panel.

Frequently asked questions

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  • Project Updates

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    July 2020. Regional Council approves recommendation to spend $3M to $5M on West Montrose Bridge Rehabilitation.

    July 2020. Region of Waterloo retains one of Ontario's top bridge engineering firms, Doug Dixon & Associates (DDA), to undertake detailed engineering design for West Montrose Bridge rehabilitation. DDA staff experience includes a diverse range of bridge types, including heritage bridges and wood truss bridges. DDA's Scope of work includes mapping, surveying, archaeology, animal and plant habitat inventory, liaison with all applicable federal, provincial and local agencies, etc.

    August 2020. DDA commences topographical base mapping for project area.

    January 2021. Region continues on-going project liaison with GRCA. GRCA designates project representative.

    January 2021. Region convenes formal Project Team, including Township of Woolwich Mayor, Ward Councillors and engineering staff; Region staff; GRCA; DDA; etc.

    January 2021. DDA completes LIDAR measurement of bridge.

    February 2021. West Montrose Bridge project goes live on engagewr.ca.

    March 2021. Region secures project funding through the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP).

    March 2021. Region formally introduces project to federal / provincial / local agencies (DFO, MNRF, MECP, MHSTCI, OMAFRA, GRCA, etc.) and Indigenous communities.

    April 2021. West Montrose Bridge rehabilitation makes international headlines, with a photo and write up in the UK publication Bridge Design & Engineering. https://www.bridgeweb.com/Funds-secured-for-refurb-of-historic-covered-bridge/8518

    May 2021. The Region and DDA liaise with New Brunswick officials to discuss their ongoing work on rehabilitation of the Milkish Inlet Covered Bridge and to discuss similarities and differences with the West Montrose Covered Bridge. The Milkish Inlet rehabilitation involves strengthening the bottom chord of the wood truss using a proprietary system involving additional layers of timber as well as carbon fibre.

    May 2021. DDA engages Archaeological Services Inc. (ASI) to undertake Stage 1 archaeological assessment of the project area.

    May 2021. DDA engages Ecotec Environmental to undertake natural resource assessment, including aquatic, terrestrial and bird species, as well as existing vegetation communities.

    May 2021. DDA completes 30% Preliminary Contract Drawings (available for download on this site).

    May 2021. Region commences preparation of contract documents and specifications.

    June 2021. Project Team meets to discuss project progress and schedule.

    July 2021. Virtual self-guided Public Consultation Centre planned for Fall 2021.

    August 2021. DDA completes 60% Preliminary Contract Drawings (available for download on this site).

    October 2021. Long-time West Montrose Bridge Engineer joins Region team. The Region is pleased to announce that Ted Brumfitt of IBI Group has joined the Region team for the West Montrose project. This is a fitting cap to a career spanning some five decades, as Ted has been the key design engineer for West Montrose bridge work, covering several projects dating back to 1996. In 2014, Ted was responsible for the development of the Preservation Plan for the bridge. Ted has resided in Kitchener since 1969 and has worked on several key bridge structures in our community, and heritage structures within the Region and across Canada.

    October 2021. Virtual Public Consultation Centre (October 1-31).

    November 2021. Following up on the Region's May 2021 conversations with New Brunswick officials regarding their Milkish Inlet Bridge, the Region retains Dr. Dan Tingley of Wood Research & Design (WRD) for his specialist expertise in strengthening of wood truss bridges. The WRD technique involves installation of additional layers of timber and carbon fibre to the bottom chord of the truss.

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