October 23, 2019 - Info-Work: Hogs Back Dam and Fixed Bridge Rehabilitation

The Hogs Back Fixed Bridge and Dam rehabilitation project includes repairs to the piers and abutments of both the dam and bridge, the east and west upstream retaining wall, and tunnel under the west abutment of the bridge. The bridge deck will also be replaced. This project will be completed in phases, with substantial completion expected in spring 2021.

Phase 1

Work is focusing on concrete rehabilitation of the piers and abutments, as well as the retaining wall.

Phase 1 (a) construction: began fall 2018 & completed spring 2019

This phase included the demolition of the existing east upstream retaining wall, and the pouring of its concrete footings, as well as the excavation and extension of the east bridge abutment.

Demolition
Reconstruction

Phase 1 (b) construction : fall 2019 – spring 2020

During this phase, the contractor will focus on concrete repairs to the west abutment and its pedestrian tunnel. The most westerly pier and a section of the west upstream retaining wall will also be repaired. During construction, the pedestrian tunnel under the west abutment will be closed. The pedestrian detour will be as follows.

*During construction, the pedestrian tunnel under the west abutment will be closed.

Phase 2: Spring 2020 - Mid 2021

During this time, the fixed bridge deck will be replaced and the pedestrian tunnel on the west side will be repaired. In order to complete this work, a road closure will be in effect, anticipated from spring 2020 to the end of December 2020. The detour will be as follows.

The replacement of the Hogs Back Dam and Fixed Bridge is part of Parks Canada’s infrastructure program, a $3 billion dollars investment over 5 years to support infrastructure work to heritage, visitor, waterway and highway assets located within national historic sites, national parks, and national marine conservation areas across Canada.

About Hogs Back Dam and Fixed Bridge:

Construction of the first dam at Hogs Back began in the late 1820s and was plagued with many challenges. Throughout its construction, the dam was compromised by unexpected high waters and the winter frost impacting its foundation which resulted in its collapse on three separate occasions. Colonel By’s team eventually installed timber cribwork and added a water waste weir to allow excess water to bypass the main dam during high flows. This dam was completed in 1830. Throughout the mid-to-late 1800s the dam sustained significant damage and underwent repairs. A reconstruction effort took place in the early 1890s. 

The version of Hogs Back Dam in place today was completed in 1977 along with the fixed bridge. Hogs Back Dam is the currently second highest dam on the Rideau Canal system, following the dam located at Jones Falls. 

For More Information

For more information about the Rideau Canal Historic Site, contact us at RideauCanal.info@pc.gc.ca or follow us on Facebook and Twitter @RideauCanalNHS

Communications

July 18, 2019 - Info-Work: Impact on Rideau Canal Waterway
April 12, 2019 -
Community Update: Construction Update
February 11, 2019 -
Community Update: Phase One Concrete Repairs Underway
December 18, 2018 -
Community Update: Ongoing Gate Replacements on the Rideau Canal
November 28, 2018 -
Community Update: Cofferdam to be installed
October 25, 2018 -
Community Update: Construction to Begin
August 03, 2018 -
Community Update: Projects out to Tender
February 28, 2018
- Info-Work: Temporary Closure Pedestrian Walkway 
February 23, 2018 - Info-Work: Temporary Closure 
January 19, 2018 - Info-Work: Inspection of Hogs Back Dam
April 20, 2016 - Potential Traffic Delays: Hogs Back Bridge, Ottawa