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Trent-Severn Waterway National Historic Site of Canada

Construction Activity Update - Dam at Lock 37 - Bolsover

Peterborough, Ontario, July 11, 2013 – Parks Canada would like to remind the public of construction activity that is occurring at the Dam at Lock 37-Bolsover on the Trent-Severn Waterway.

Site preparation for the reconstruction at the dam in Bolsover began in late April 2013 and will continue throughout the remainder of 2013. Beginning in August until November 2013, the contractor will construct the diversion channel and install the upstream cofferdam (a temporary enclosure around the dam to exclude water).

Access to Talbot Road will be closed except to local vehicular and construction traffic between May 2013 and late fall 2014. Beginning in August, access to Canal Road will also be closed except to local vehicular and construction traffic. The project will result in heavier construction traffic on Canal Road and Durham Regional Roads 48 and 50. The contractor has been in discussion with the Townships of Brock and Ramara, and the City of Kawartha Lakes with regard to alternate routing for emergency services, bussing, and with Canada Post mail distribution.

Navigation will continue for boaters, but please note that the grounds at Lock 37 will be closed and for safety reasons, overnight mooring for boaters will not be permitted.

The Canadian government is committed to the future sustainability of the historic canals and the communities along them. The water control Dam at Lock 37 – Bolsover on the historic Talbot River section of the Trent-Severn Waterway was built in 1902-1903 and was identified for reconstruction as part of on-going asset monitoring and recapitalization program throughout the Trent-Severn Waterway.

The contract for the reconstruction of the Dam at Lock 37 - Bolsover was awarded to Metric Contracting Services Inc. in March 2013 in the amount of $20.9 million.

For more information about the reconstruction project visit