KAWARTHA LAKES-Parks Canada announced today that the re-opening of the Bobcaygeon Swing Bridge to vehicle traffic is delayed until Spring 2022.
Officials say earlier this fall a new Consultant was brought onto the project to review and finalise the design, and re-fabrication of required components for the bridge after concerns were raised regarding the mechanical components.
At that point it was believed that a December 2021 bridge re-opening timeframe was still achievable. However, upon review by the new Consultant, Parks Canada says it was recently advised by the Contractor that they will be unable to meet this timeframe and that the re-opening of the bridge needed to be pushed to Spring 2022 due to issues mainly associated with the mechanical component re-fabrication.
“Parks Canada is working closely with the Contractor to bring the project to its completion. Further updates will be provided as new information becomes available.” said a press release.
The Bobcaygeon Swing Bridge project is part of the Government of Canada’s Federal Infrastructure Investment program. Parks Canada says it is is leading this infrastructure work to ensure safe, high-quality experiences for visitors by improving heritage, visitor, waterway, and highway assets located within national historic sites, national parks, and national marine conservation areas, including along the Trent-Severn Waterway National Historic Site.
“We appreciate your patience while we undertake these important investments into the infrastructure in Bobcaygeon.” said officials.