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Choking busy Highway 17 down to one-lane for the duration of the Petawawa River Bridge Restoration project, was not something that The Ministry of Transportation – Ontario (MTO) was very keen on. And neither were the thousands of motorists who use it every day.

Mabey Modular Rental Bridge saves traffic hassles and capital costs
The two-lane detour bridge helped avoid traffic congestion, but it also provided some pain relief on capital expenses, with only the shorter-term rental cost to allocate.

Packaged with steel pier towers
Along with the components for the three spans, Algonquin Bridge also supplied the modular steel towers to be used as piers at the span junctions.

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One of the largest temporary detour bridges in Canada
This is one of the longest and heaviest temporary detour bridges that has been installed in Canada. The main span is 76.749 m with a roadway width of 9.145 m, complete with asphalt overlay.

Tight site, staged delivery
Due the very tight build area, our components were delivered in stages, assembled in sequence and the cantilevered sections gradually advanced across the river from one shore to the other.

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Mabey Universal Bridge System

The Mabey Universal Bridge system is the ‘big brother’ of the popular Mabey Compact 200 Bridge system. Developed in the 1970s, the Mabey Universal uses deeper 2.25 m and 4.5 m long panels to build bridges with clear spans of up to 81 m in any multiple of 2.25 m.

In partnership with AIL International Inc., Algonquin Bridge is the exclusive Canadian Distributor for the sales and rental of Mabey Modular Panel Bridges.

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Project-at-a- glance
Project Name: Petawawa River Bridge Rehabilitation
Location: Highway 17 at the Petawawa River, Ontario
Owner: Ministry of Transportation – Ontario (MTO)
Engineer: D.M. Wills Associates Limited
Contractor: Looby Construction Limited
Product: Mabey Universal Bridge from Algonquin Bridge
Application: Temporary Detour Bridge, Mabey Modular Rental Bridge
Dimensions: 139.4 m total span (in three spans of 27.935 m, 76.749 m, and 34.681 m)