Rehabilitation of Combined Lock 29A and Smiths Falls Basin Walls
February 9, 2018 - Community Update: Combined Lock 29A - Construction Work Update
The lock at this location in Smiths Falls was originally three locks in flight. The lock was combined into one lift adjacent to the original locks in 1972 – 73 to accommodate a new fixed bridge. With a higher elevation to overcome as one lock, the manual gates were mechanized. Combined Lock 29A is one of only three locks on the Rideau Canal with hydraulic gates.
Parks Canada has recently completed concrete repairs to the Smiths Falls upper basin walls. Improvements were also made to the guard rails and hand rails at the site to enhance public safety.
Further repairs are currently in the design stages. This will include repairs to the downstream concrete wharf, enhancements to both the hydraulic and electrical systems, and the replacement of both sets of hydraulic gates.
November 23, 2017 - Community Update: Smiths Falls
September 15, 2017 - Community Update: Combined Lock 29A