Across Ontario, LEA’s Contract Administration practice has been working hard to ensure that essential infrastructure projects remain on track. Although a large percentage of the province has had to adapt to the new norm of working from home, essential construction projects remain open and LEA’s construction administration staff have continued working on these sites. Our team of Contract Administrators and Inspectors are working diligently while undergoing extra precautions in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, including physical distancing on job sites and holding meetings by teleconference.
“Ontario Road Builders have shown great respect for their employees and working partners on sites during the pandemic. LEA continues to utilize technology (i.e., Microsoft Teams, Facetime) to manage projects and ensure the health and safety of everyone involved. We all look forward to returning to business as usual and continuing our personal relationships with our clients and contractors.”
- Brent Zimmerman, Vice President, LEA Canada
Below is a quick glance at some of our ongoing projects across Ontario.
HWY 27 – York Region Contract 19-100
Coordination and Inspection
Work commenced in January on the Canadian Pacific Rail Bridge Replacement project on Highway 27 between Martin Grove Road and Rutherford Road in the City of Vaughan, including road widening from Martin Grove Road to Rutherford Road, along Highway 27. LEA is providing coordination and inspection services on the project to provide safe and efficient access for both vehicles and pedestrians. Despite the unusual conditions caused by COVID-19, Soncin Construction (Contractor) have been able to maintain their schedule, and Pile Driving began on April 1st. The project is located within a residential area of Vaughan which has been attracting a lot of interest from adjacent property owners.
Hwy 403 at Tomken Road – MTO Contract 2018-2012
Coordination and Inspection
Graham Brothers Construction (Contractor) has remobilized after their winter construction shutdown period and are planning to continue the rehabilitation of 3 structures along Highway 403. Although there were challenges obtaining appropriate face masks for concrete removals due to national PPE shortages, the Contactor has been able to maintain their construction schedule and major rehabilitation work is being completed as planned.
Hwy 11 North of Barrie – MTO Contract 2019-2012
Contract administration and Inspection
Clearwater Structures (Contractor) is also reopening their job site at Oro Line 5 and 9 underpasses in Simcoe County following their winter shutdown. Both bridges have been closed to public access and rehabilitation has commenced. The contractor was able to mobilize early as weather conditions allowed and have started concrete removals. Presently, the contractor is facing issues with material suppliers, but are actively looking at options and expect work to commence without delay.
Despite global challenges and unprecedented conditions, work continues on major infrastructure projects across Ontario due to the combined efforts of project stakeholders.