Peterborough, Ontario, May 21, 2019 – Parks Canada advises that geotechnical work will be performed at Couchiching Lock 42, on the Trent-Severn Waterway National Historic Site, from May 22 to June 27, 2019. This work will provide important information for the design of a future concrete repair and replacement infrastructure project at the site.

What to Expect

Public Safety is a priority for Parks Canada. Every effort is made to minimize the visitor impact of these infrastructure projects, however at times access to certain areas must be limited or restricted to ensure the safety of visitors and staff. During this important work, here is what visitors can expect at Lock 42:

* Please obey signage and the instructions of lock staff.

May 22 – June 27:

  • When the Trent-Severn Waterway opens for navigation - no overnight boat mooring at this site, and limited use of approach walls for boat navigation;

  • Construction noise during the work day and extending into the evening;

  • Large machinery at the lock station; and,

  • Some areas of the lock station will be fenced and closed to visitors.

What IS Geotechnical Work?

Geotechnical work provides important information about the composition and integrity of soils, bedrock and other materials, like concrete, which is used to plan the design of projects and structures. There are many ways of obtaining this information: test pits dug with an excavator, boreholes in earth or rock using a drill rig and auger, concrete core sampling with a smaller drill rig or portable system, or seismic sounding line. At Couchiching Lock 42, boreholes will be drilled and concrete core samples taken within the lock, along the lock walls, and along the upstream and downstream approach walls.

The repair of infrastructure on the Trent-Severn Waterway is part of Parks Canada’s unprecedented $3 billion investment over five 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.

For the most current boater specific info, such as wait times and mooring availability, follow @TSWBoaterInfo on Twitter. For up-to-date news on infrastructure work along the Trent-Severn Waterway, please www.parkscanada.gc.ca/en/TSWinfrastructure.