Bridge to close for months
County Road 64 swing bridge closes to traffic next month, reopens May 2018
QUINTE WEST - The Brighton swing bridge will be closed starting Oct. 2, Parks Canada officials confirm.
The bridge, situated on the Trent-Severn Waterway, at the gateway to Lake Ontario, along County Road 64, will be closed to vehicle traffic beginning Oct. 2, and remain closed until May 2018.
“This closure will facilitate the replacement of the existing swing bridge with a new, two-lane swing bridge that will meet current standards, have full highway loading capacity and a pedestrian sidewalk,” stated a release from Parks Canada spokesperson Natalie Austin.
There will be no access through the Murray Canal at this location and no mooring facilities will be available during construction.
Construction will be conducted in phases. The schedule is weather-dependent and subject to change.
Road closure notification signs have been going up since last week.
The contractor mobilizes on site and trails adjacent to the canal will be closed at this location starting on Sept 25.
Come Oct. 10, the TrentSevern Waterway will be closed to all navigation at Brighton Road Bridge.
That means park and washroom facilities at the bridge station site will be closed for the duration of the project.
“There will be no access through the construction zone on the trails on both sides of the canal,” wrote Austin.
A contract for $13 million was awarded last month to replace the Brighton Road swing bridge and reconstruct sections of the canal approach walls. The total estimated budget for the project, with engineering work, project management and design fees, should be roughly $16 million, said Mike McLay, an engineer with Parks Canada.
Parks Canada is moving toward tender on the Glen Ross project.
“It will be posted for bidding,” he said, of the bridge earmarked for $5.7 million in upgrades. The project is now expected to commence construction early October.
“This project includes not only the bridge, it involves refacing the lock chamber. We’re also addressing the valves that control water levels in the locks,” McLay said. Steel repairs and deck replacement are among the facelifts.
“It will remain a one lane structure,” he said. “It will be upgraded for higher loads.”
The Quinte West leg of the upgrades is just a fraction of the $615 million to be invested in Trent-Severn Waterway.
Work on replacing the County Road 64 swing bridge over the Murray Canal is scheduled to commence Oct. 2 when the bridge will be closed to traffic until May 2018.