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Bathurst Street Reconstruction/Reconnection Crossing

Owner: The Regional Municipality of York, Township of King
Engineer: SNC Lavalin
Contractor: K.J. Beamish Construction Co., Limited
Location: York Region, ON

In order to manage growing travel demands, York Region commissioned the reconstruction and reconnection of Bathurst Street from Green Lane West to Holland Landing Road in the Township of King and Town of East Gwillimbury.

During the design phase, several options were evaluated by the consultant SNC Lavalin. A Bridge-Plate solution was found to provide the best life-cycle cost while satisfying the project hydraulic, structural performance and design service life requirements.

Two structures were required to span dry channel crossings for the passage of wildlife and a third middle crossing was required to span a stream channel. The Region incorporated three Bridge-Plate arch structures into their design to construct a road overpass over each of the three crossings in this area. This road was constructed to access a residential development nearby and accommodate higher traffic demands.

Located beneath the City’s bicycle path, the chambers were installed between the road and the backyards of neighbouring homes. The tight space along the roadway had many interfering structures such as Hydro poles, trees, and a drainage ditch on either side. Armtec provided specific drawings to address the complex footprint and accommodate both the existing and proposed structures.

Some of the main challenges encountered on this site included wet ground conditions, dewatering difficulties and stream channel relining requirements prior to setting the cast-in-place footings. Opting for an open-bottom structure reduced some of these difficulties, allowing the crew to stay outside of the stream bed for the majority of the project. In order to allow light to flow into the middle of the culvert to help funnel wildlife through the crossing, an end treatment with a steep slope and a shortened structure length was required.

The construction area was also surrounded by many trees and part of an environmentally protected area. The design had to minimize the overall construction footprint for environmental reasons.

To address these challenges and site conditions, three 8.5m span x 4.0m rise Bridge-Plate Deep Corrugated Structural Plate (DCSP) arches and a Reinforced Steepened Slope (RSS) wall system were designed by Armtec.

Although the water levels were shallow, for additional corrosion protection the designers specified Strata-CAT on the lower portion of the structure. Strata-CAT is a highly durable polymer coating technology that resists aggressive environmental conditions and consists of a base zinc layer and a top coat layer of polymer. The Strata-CAT coated footing plates ensured that the structures would achieve a minimum 75-year design service life. The balance of the periphery remained as galvanized steel as these plates were not going to be in direct contact with the water surface.

In order to minimize the length of each structure and allow light into the underpass, Armtec worked on designing a RSS retaining wall system that utilized a geocell wall fascia and geogrid reinforcement layers. This design satisfied environmental requirements by minimizing the construction footprint. The proposed wall had a 1:6 batter providing a steep slope which served to shorten the overall length of each arch. An Erosion Control Blanket (ECB) was constructed on the slope surface to minimize soil erosion of the soil embankment.

Hydro One utility poles were planned for future installation directly through the constructed slope, adding a further element to consider in the wall design.

Construction of the three culverts began in the fall of 2015 and continued in the spring of 2016. Each of the three Bridge-Plate structures were assembled in ess than seven days to keep the project ahead of schedule.

The reconnected Bathurst Street is scheduled to open to motorists by the end of 2016.

  • Detailed product information can be found in Armtec’s Bridge-Plate, Strata-CAT and Mechanically Stabilized Earth Wall Product Guides

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