Backgrounder: Harper Government announces full replacement of Hastings Swing Bridge
The Trent-Severn Waterway and its watersheds encompass an area in central Ontario that’s 18,000 square kilometres – over three times the size of Prince Edward Island. Concerns about the environment, resource protection, tourism, and economic development are shared between the Federal and Provincial governments.
At Lock 18 on County Road 45 in Hastings, the swing bridge owned and operated by the Trent-Severn Waterway is in need of structural and mechanical repair. Long term repairs were originally scheduled to begin in the fall of 2011. Project start was postponed to October 2012 to accommodate the community’s wish to plan for closure and then extended to January 2013 to lessen holiday season socio/economic impact.
After extensive analysis, in consultation with Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC), it has been decided that a total bridge replacement is a more cost effective, long-term approach than refurbishment.
Project design, tendering and overall construction will be managed by PWGSC with Parks Canada as the project lead.
Parks Canada will continue to work with local municipalities and PWGSC to mitigate concerns and communicate information as it becomes available.
Off-site construction of the new swing bridge is planned to start in summer 2013 with on-site work to begin in January 2014 and completion targeted for May 2014.
Public safety remains the primary concern for Parks Canada. Inspections will be conducted regularly to monitor the ongoing safety of the bridge. The existing load limit will remain in effect.
The Trent-Severn Waterway National Historic Site of Canada is part of Canada's nationwide network of national parks, national marine conservation areas and national historic sites managed by Parks Canada, a network that is recognized as one of the finest and most extensive systems of protected areas in the world. This project will help Parks Canada ensure the Trent-Severn Waterway National Historic Site’s cultural and natural heritage are presented and protected for the enjoyment, education, and appreciation of all Canadians today and in the future.
Harper Government announces full replacement of Hastings Swing Bridge