Cause­way work to start ‘in the near fu­ture’

Traf­fic to be re­duced to sin­gle lane

The Peterborough Examiner - - Front Page - EX­AM­INER STAFF

Ma­jor con­struc­tion on the James A. Gif­ford Cause­way is ex­pected to be­gin soon – although Peter­bor­ough County staff doesn’t know ex­actly when.

The cause­way spans Che­mong Lake to link Bridgenorth and En­nis­more.

It needs to have its rock base ex­panded along the south side. This is meant to re­in­force the base of the road­way, states a new re­lease from Peter­bor­ough County staff.

Con­struc­tion could take more than two years. County coun­cil has hired its con­trac­tor: Drain Bros. Ex­ca­vat­ing will do the work.

The base-ex­pan­sion project is ex­pected to be­gin “in the near fu­ture”, states the re­lease, although there’s no ex­act date yet (county staff is still work­ing to get all the fed­eral ap­provals to start).

Once con­struc­tion gets started, it’s ex­pected to con­tinue through all of 2019 and 2020.

Next, re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion of the as­phalt sur­face of the cause­way will be done.

Mo­torists can ex­pect traf­fic to be re­duced to one lane, at var­i­ous points dur­ing the con­struc­tion pe­riod.

More than 10,000 ve­hi­cles cross the cause­way each day, mak­ing it the county's busiest sec­tion of road.

But as long ago as 2013, county staff said the bridge was wear­ing out.

For at least five years, the cause­way has had sur­face cracks

and pot­holes, ero­sion of em­bank­ments and fail­ure of gabion bas­kets (rock-filled cages) at the wa­ter's edge.

Mean­while the bridge needed emer­gency re­pairs this sum­mer af­ter a dev­as­tat­ing wind storm on May 4.

Pre­vail­ing winds of more than 100 km/h dur­ing the storm cre­ated waves that re­port­edly over­topped the road­way, caus­ing sig­nif­i­cant dam­age to the em­bank­ments of the spans.

The same wind­storm also dam­aged Gan­non's Nar­rows Cause­way, which con­nects En­nis­more and Trent Lakes where Pi­geon and Buck­horn lakes meet.

Peter­bor­ough County planned to spend a to­tal of $400,000 to the emer­gency re­pairs on both cause­ways this sum­mer.

Even­tu­ally the county plans to widen the two-lane cause­way to four lanes, which is ex­pected to cost $18 mil­lion.

CLIF­FORD SKARSTEDT EX­AM­INER

A view of the James A. Gif­ford Cause­way is taken on Thurs­day near Bridgenorth. Work is planned to ex­pand the rock base of the cause­way to re­in­force the base of the road­way.

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