Cavanagh to begin Highway 417 expansion in Kanata

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Contractors are about to begin work on expanding Highway 417, between Eagleson Road and Palladium Drive.

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The $86 million project, which includes $77.7 million awarded to Cavanagh Construction, begins in late November 2011 and runs until sometime in 2014.

Cavanagh won its contract through competitive tender against bidders Aecon Construction and Materials Ltd., Bonnechare Excavating Inc., Bot Construction Ltd., Coco Paving Inc. and R.W. Tomlinson Ltd., according to the transportation ministry. The amount each of the competing companies bid was not released.

The work will entail expanding Highway 417 to eight lanes from four, between Eagleson Road and Palladium Drive. A high-occupancy lane will be included in those four lanes between Moodie and Palladium drives.

Palladium Drive will expand to six lanes from four, and rehabilitation will be performed on the Carp Road, Eagleson Road and Huntmar Drive bridges.

The province has spent around $275 million on local Highway 417 changes. In Kanata, this included widening the thoroughfare to eight lanes from four between Highway 416 and Eagleson Road between 2007 and 2009.

This year, the city has seen projects such as replacing the Cyrville Road underpass, which is ongoing, as well as removing and replacing the Carling Avenue eastbound lane bridge in less than 16 hours.

Organizations: Aecon Construction and Materials, Bonnechare Excavating, Bot Construction Coco Paving R.W. Tomlinson

Geographic location: Kanata, Eagleson Road, Carp Road Cyrville Road Carling Avenue

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Recent comments

  • Adam
    March 01, 2012 - 10:28

    What Ottawa needs is a bypass route which would connect the 416 somewhere just south of the city to the 417 on the east end of Ottawa for those who are just passing through the city. Can you imagine how much faster it would be to get through the city in the mourning and eveining?

  • David Piscopo
    November 19, 2011 - 09:15

    Live in the city. Never use the highways. Think it's time for tolls. Tired of paying for those who live out to get a big house.

  • Ian
    November 17, 2011 - 15:57

    And yet the folks in Orleans continue to crawl along the single lane merge at the 174/417 split after driving over 5 km of road that makes a railway track seem smooth! Hockey stadiums rule!

  • Pat
    November 17, 2011 - 10:08

    That's nice, but what about expanding the lanes further up the line, like continue from Arnprior to Renfrew? - this is MUCH needed!!

    • Mike
      November 17, 2011 - 10:42

      ummmm....that IS being has been going on for the last number of years