Trent-Severn Waterway National Historic Site of Canada

Hastings Swing Bridge Update

PETERBOROUGH, ONTARIO, August 23, 2011 – The Superintendent of the Trent-Severn Waterway National Historic Site of Canada along with the Mayor of the Municipality of Trent Hills would like to update the public on plans for the Hastings swing bridge project.

Parks Canada staff has been working with a consultant to determine the scope of work required for the Hastings swing bridge. The bridge was originally slated for reconstruction at the close of the 2011 navigation season. However; after evaluating the consultant’s report Parks Canada has rescheduled the project for the close of navigation 2012.

This extension gives Parks Canada and the Municipality of Trent Hills additional time to investigate all available options to mitigate the impact of the bridge’s closure on the community. Both parties are working together to ensure that the best possible plan is in place when major work begins.

While mindful of local business, resident and visitor concerns, public safety remains the top priority for Parks Canada and the Municipality of Trent Hills. Recently completed work has helped to sustain the bridge until the major project is completed. In the meantime, motorists are reminded of the weight restriction, introduced in June.

Single vehicle - not to exceed 21 Tonnes

Two-unit vehicle – not to exceed 38 Tonnes (i.e tractor trailer)

Three -unit vehicle – not to exceed 52 Tonnes (i.e.tractor train)

Parks Canada thanks the community for their cooperation and understanding throughout the Hastings swing bridge project and will communicate updates as they become available.

For more information please visit www.parkscanada.gc.ca/trent.

Information :
Lauren Dean
Communications Officer
Central Ontario Field Unit
(705) 750-4407