Committee supports noise bylaw exemption request for Skyway work

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Councillors supported an extension to a noise bylaw exemption for work being conducted on the Skyway Bridge during last week’s committee-of-the-whole meeting.

If approved by council at their May 22 meeting, the exemption would run until Dec. 31 this year.

Morrison Hershfield has been brought on by the Ontario Ministry of Transportation and will be doing preliminary/detail design work and a class environmental assessment study for the rehabilitation of the bridge. The exemption would give the company the ability to work 24 hours per day seven days per week and was initially granted by council back in December 2017 for six months, running from Jan. 1 to June 30.

A report presented to councillors Thursday says the primary source of noise during the construction will include intermittent concrete chipping using chipping hammers, air compressor, electrical generators, and continued use of diesel generators, engines, and vehicles.

The project is expected to continue through 2023. The report notes the six-month extension would give the municipality an opportunity to review and address any issues that might present themselves during the 24-hour work.