May 14, 2020 - Info-Work: Hamlet Fixed and Swing Bridge

As a part of an historic investment program along the Trent-Severn Waterway, Parks Canada is replacing both the fixed and swing portions of the Hamlet Bridge on the Severn River. The Hamlet Bridge is located at the intersection of Canning Road and Peninsula Point Road, and connects the townships of Severn and Gravenhurst. 
Hamlet fixed bridge in the foreground, connected to the Hamlet Swing Bridge.
Hamlet fixed bridge in the foreground, connected to the Hamlet Swing Bridge. 

Scope of Work

Extensive inspections and repairs over the last number of years have led to the decision to fully replace both the fixed and swing portions of the bridge. The bridges are being replaced with those of a similar look, to preserve the historic landscape of the area. The new bridges will have an upgraded capacity for service and emergency vehicles. 

Due to their condition, the road abutments and east pier will be fully replaced. The mechanical and electrical systems of the bridge will be upgraded. As well, the bridge and the bridge operator’s building will be raised to reduce the risk of immersion of mechanical components during high water events. This will increase the lifespan and reliability of these components.  

The mechanical and electrical systems of the bridge will be upgraded. The same flooding situation is true for the mechanical equipment in the bridge operator’s building; the building will be replaced and mechanical room moved to road elevation. 

 
Drawing of the new Hamlet Bridges
Closed for construction of the Hamlet Bridge: Parks Canada’s public wharf north of the Hamlet Bridge on Penninsula Point Road

Detour

About the Hamlet Bridges

The Hamlet Bridge is actually two bridges connected. The fixed portion was constructed in 1905 with a length of 30 metres. This Pratt Truss style bridge was originally located downstream, but moved upstream to meet the swing portion in 1922. The swing portion of the bridge, constructed in 1915, is a Warren Truss bridge style and is 60 metres long. The swing portion is operated mechanically and serves to pass boats through the Trent-Severn Waterway from the Victoria Day weekend in May, until the Thanksgiving weekend in October.

For More Information 

For more information about the Trent-Severn Waterway Historic Site, contact us at Ont.Trentsevern@pc.gc.ca or follow us on Facebook and Twitter @TrentSevernNHS.

Communications

March 26, 2020 - Info-Work:Temporary Bridge Closure
March 2, 2020 -
Info-Work:Temporary Bridge Closure
February 14, 2020 -
Community Update: Construction Update
January 30, 2020 -
Info-Work: Hamlet Fixed and Swing Bridge
November 19, 2019 -
Community Update: Construction Update
May 30, 2019 -
Community Update: Construction Update
February 25, 2019 -
Community Update: Swing and Fixed Portions Removed
November 23, 2018 -
Info-Work: Hamlet Bridge to Close for Replacement
October 11, 2018 -
Community Update: Hamlet Bridges
September 20, 2018 -
Community Update: Hamlet Bridge
August 10, 2018 -
Community Update: Hamlet Bridges - Closure for replacement expected in early October
April 17, 2018 -
Community Update: Replacement of the Hamlet Swing and Fixed Bridges
June 26, 2017
- Info-Work: Repairs at Hamlet Bridge
April 6, 2017 - Info-Work: Inspections at Hamlet Bridge
October 28, 2016Info-Work: Inspections and Sampling to take place at Hamlet Swing Bridge