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