The Government of Canada will issue two contracts to complete this project:
- A design contract has been awarded and will be completed by March, 2014.
- A second contract will be tendered to construct the new bridge off-site next year. To minimise inconvenience and negative economic impacts during the holiday season, the planned on-site construction will take place between January and May of 2015. The duration of detour required during this time period has not yet been determined, but is not anticipated to last more than 16 weeks. More details will be known when the design portion of the project is completed and a project plan is in place. The new Hastings Swing Bridge is scheduled to open in 2015.
Parks Canada is committed to working in partnership with others to ensure Canada's heritage canal waterways meet their potential as vibrant, animated, world class sites. The Agency appreciates the support of the local community and will ensure open and proactive communication for the duration of this project. Together, we will help ensure that the inconvenience is minimised and that the community will benefit for years to come from its new swing bridge.