Community Update: Construction Update
December 18 2020 – Parks Canada is pleased to advise that the steel fixed bridge structure at Couchiching Lock 42 has been installed.
With project manager Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC), Parks Canada continues to closely monitor the most recent schedule provided by the Contractor, as several project tasks remain before the bridge will support traffic, and before the project can be considered complete. Parks Canada and PSPC are investigating options to open the bridge to vehicular traffic in January 2021. It is important to note, there will be additional, short-term closures in the spring months to finalize the project.
Continued delays throughout the project have meant a completion date that has been moved multiple times. Parks Canada will continue to work with colleagues at PSPC to reduce negative impacts as a result of construction as much as possible. PSPC is implementing contractual tools that are available to the Government of Canada, seeking to expedite work and bring the project to its completion. Further updates will be provided as new information becomes available.