The existing steel truss Brighton Road Swing Bridge was built in 1947 and will be replaced. The contract to design the new bridge has now been awarded.

The Brighton Road Swing Bridge spans the Murray Canal on County Road 64, connecting the communities of Prince Edward County and the Municipality of Quinte West. The project to replace this bridge is part of an unprecedented $3 billion investment 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. These investments represent the largest federal infrastructure plan in the history of Parks Canada.

Why is the bridge being replaced?

The Brighton Road Swing Bridge has been identified for replacement through Parks Canada’s ongoing asset monitoring program. As a result of its age and condition, load limits have been established for the bridge and the electrical and mechanical systems require renewal.

What will the work entail?

Parks Canada will replace the Brighton Road Swing Bridge with one that has a full highway load rating and no restrictions for emergency and service vehicles. Additional investments have enabled Parks Canada to upgrade the current bridge to a two lane structure with a pedestrian walkway. The new bridge will allow the simultaneous flow of traffic in both directions and will meet current highway load standards, meaning the existing load restrictions will be removed once the project is complete.

The bridge will be fabricated off-site and transported to the site in sections for re-assembly, decreasing the time required for vehicular closures. The concrete road abutment and centre pier will be rehabilitated to accommodate the new bridge. In addition, the new bridge will be heavier, so mechanical and electrical features will be upgraded.

When will construction happen and how will this affect residents and visitors?

Parks Canada enjoys a special relationship with the many communities along the Trent Severn Waterway. We work closely with municipalities and their respective councils in order to effectively address municipal infrastructure matters, such as the Brighton Road Swing Bridge, that impact waterway navigation.

On March 22, 2017 Parks Canada representatives attended a public meeting to discuss the Brighton Road Swing Bridge project with residents, business owners and elected officials of the municipalities of Quinte West, Brighton and Prince Edward County.

Attendees learned about how construction might impact them, saw preliminary design sketches, and were able to speak to the engineers managing the project. More information will be available and provided to the public when design has been completed, and a construction contractor has been hired and submitted a work plan.

Navigation through the Murray Canal and Trent-Severn Waterway will not be affected by this bridge replacement. The project is tentatively scheduled between September 2017 and May 2018. Vehicular, pedestrian and recreational road traffic will be asked to detour the bridge for the duration of this time.

How do I find out more?

If you have questions about the Brighton Road Swing Bridge, or if you would like to be added to our e-mail list, please contact us at: You can also follow on or Twitter @TrentSevernNHS.


September 8, 2017 - Info-Work: Brighton Road Swing Bridge (PDF, 116 KB)
August 24, 2017 - Community Update: Replacement of Brighton Road Swing Bridge (PDF, 370 KB)
June 28, 2017Update on Project Status (PDF, 303 KB)
October 24, 2016Murray Canal Bridge Work: Carrying Place Swing Bridge & Brighton Road Bridge (PDF 163 KB)