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Highway 406 Expansion

As Project Manager, IBI Group provided the detailed design of the Highway 406 twinning from Port Robinson to East Main Street, including the 11-span bridge over Welland Canal, Merritt Island and Welland River.

Ministry of Transportation
Thorold-Welland, ON
6 km Highway expansion
11 span Bridge
2016 Completion

IBI Group provided oversight for the detail design of the Highway 406 twinning from Port Robinson to East Main Street, including:

  • 6 km of new 2 lane highway
  • Realignment and rehabilitation of some sections
  • Grade separation and interchanges
  • Multi-lane roundabout
  • 7 additional bridges
  • Traffic signals and full illumination
  • Storm water management

A major component of this project was the design of the bridge crossing the old Welland Canal, Merritt Island and the Welland River. This required the detail design of 11-span prestressed CPCI 1400 girder curved bridge carrying two lanes of northbound traffic. Reinforced concrete piers were fully submerged into the Welland Canal with piles extending below the canal bed.

IBI consulted various Ministry offices as well as Niagara Region, City of Welland, Town of Thorold and emergency service providers throughout the design process. The roundabout was subjected to a driver simulation study, human factors review, cost risk assessment study, and public consultation.

Highway 406 acts as the primary north-south route through the central portion of the Niagara Peninsula and the expansion required multi-stage construction to ensure an acceptable level of service could be maintained for motorists.

Construction staging and scheduling was complicated by consolidation requirements of the underlying soils in high fill areas throughout the project. The project also included several sensitive environmental issues including addressing new Species at Risk legislation in dealing with Mapleleaf Mussels found in the Welland River, Pin Oak transplanting as compensation for loss of provincially sensitive wetland and a number of enhancements to compensate for loss of fish habitat.

Fouad Mustafa

Director, New Initiatives
Toronto West, ON

Toronto West, ON
Governments all around the world are turning to the private sector to help in the delivery of large infrastructure projects. As designers, one of our key roles is to help our partners in construction, finance, operation, and maintenance find cost-effective and innovative solutions critical to the success of this model.

Fouad Mustafa is Global Director, P3 Infrastructure. He is a Professional Engineer and member of the Professional Engineers of Ontario, the Consulting Engineers of Ontario, the Ontario Society of Engineers, and the American Public Transportation Association. He is also on the Board of Directors of Consulting Engineers of Ontario.

Fouad obtained a Master of Business Administration from York University and has more than 25 years of experience in the management, planning, design, and implementation of transportation infrastructure and facilities with a focus on AFP/P3 projects. He has managed large infrastructure projects worth more than $1 billion, and has worked with a wide range of public and private sector clients throughout North America and overseas.

Kevin Bebenek

Regional Director, Canada East
Toronto, ON

Toronto, ON
Information technology is intrinsic to the transportation experience. For the transit traveler paying by smartcard, the truck driver pre-clearing an inspection station, and the road maintenance supervisor monitoring road weather forecasts, systems are critical to achieving our goals of safety, mobility, and sustainability.

Mr. Bebenek is the Regional Director for Canada East, which includes offices in Toronto, Richmond Hill, Mississauga, Ottawa, Hamilton, London, Waterloo, Kingston, and Brantford, Ontario. He is a Professional Engineer with over 25 years of experience in the planning, design, implementation, operations, and maintenance of systems for transportation operations, infrastructure, and facilities.

Kevin has worked with a wide range of public and private sector clients throughout North America and overseas. Kevin has served as project director for the development of the ITS Architecture for Canada, and has overseen a variety of applications of the architecture, including the recent ONQC Smart Corridor Concept of Operations. Kevin has an Honours Bachelor of Applied Science degree from the University of Waterloo.