Bridge to close for months

County Road 64 swing bridge closes to traf­fic next month, re­opens May 2018

The Intelligencer (Belleville) - - NEWS - JA­SON MILLER

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.

INTELLIGENCER FILE PHOTO

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.

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