Earthwork and Road/Bridge Building

Highway 406 widening, Welland, ON


Project owner: Ontario Ministry of Transportation

Date: 2011-2015

Total cost: $65 million


CLAC-represented companies: Rankin Construction Inc.


CLAC members at peak: 55


Scope: The Ontario Ministry of Transportation hired Rankin. to work on an extension of Highway 406 from Port Robinson Road to Eastmain in Welland, Ontario. The project was completed in the spring of 2015 and included the construction of 8 new bridges ranging from 15 meters to 350 metres in span length. CLAC members worked on grading, drainage, granular placement, hot-mix paving, illumination, and advanced traffic management system (ATMS). The largest bridge was constructed over the Welland River, requiring the installation of cofferdams for piling and pile cap construction as well as the use of barges to construct five piers in the river while providing constant waterway and environmental protection. CLAC members working on the project included foremen, carpenters, form setters, skilled labourers, grade men, cement finishers, asphalt rakers, and pipelayers.