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Harper Government announces full replacement of Hastings Swing Bridge

Hastings, Ontario, April 12, 2012 – Mr. Rick Norlock, Member of Parliament for Northumberland-Quinte West, on behalf of the Honourable Peter Kent, Canada’s Environment minister and minister responsible for Parks Canada, announced today that after extensive analysis Parks Canada has decided that the replacement of the Hastings Swing Bridge is the best long term option for the community.

"I am pleased to inform the community of Hastings that Parks Canada has determined that the Hastings Swing Bridge will be replaced rather than refurbished as earlier planned," said Minister Kent.

This decision has several benefits for the community chief among them: a new bridge with an anticipated 50+ year lifespan.

"Off-site construction of the new bridge is planned to start in the summer of 2013," said Mr. Norlock. "The bridge’s closure and on-site work will begin in January 2014, accommodating the important economic boost of summer tourism and December holiday shopping."

Project design, tendering and overall construction will be managed by Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC) with Parks Canada as the project lead.

Parks Canada will continue to work with local municipalities and PWGSC to mitigate concerns, ensure the best possible plan is in place when major work begins, and communicate information as it becomes available.

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

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Information:
Pat Newson
Communications Officer
Central Ontario Field Unit
Parks Canada
705-750-4900
Adam Sweet
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister
of the Environment
819-997-1441