Two major construction projects are underway along the Trent-Severn Waterway in Peterborough and the Kawarthas: the Scotts Mills Dam Replacement at Lock 19 in Peterborough and the Swing Bridge Replacement at Lock 32 in Bobcaygeon .
Parks Canada says the projects will not affect the 2022 boating season.
“I can confirm that based on updates, there are no projects expected to impact navigation,” said Dale MacEachern, Ontario Waterways’ external relations manager at Parks Canada in an email to Global News Peterborough.
The aging Scott Mills dam at Lock 19 of the Trent-Severn Waterway in Peterborough will be replaced
In Peterborough, construction of the Scotts Mills Dam has been underway since spring 2019.
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Last summer the project experienced delays due to high water levels on the Otonabee River and this has now pushed completion from this spring to the fall.
According to a Parks Canada update in February, work completed on the project included construction of all new dam abutments and piers as well as three of seven spillways.
There remains an active construction site seven days a week.
Parks Canada says the dam will be fully operational in early fall with demobilization in late fall and landscaping in spring 2023.
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In Bobcaygeon, the swing bridge will remain closed all summer.
The project, originally scheduled to be completed in the spring, will now be completed in the fall due to delays from the contractor.
“The re-fabrication of the mechanical components of the bridge has been slower than expected and has caused further delays in the schedule of the rehabilitation project,” says Parks Canada.
Lock 32 will be fully operational in time for the start of the navigation season, tentatively scheduled for May 20.
The improved pedestrian access above the upper lock gates and its approaches will remain open until the bridge project is completed.
Parks Canada states that the electrical and hydraulic work associated with the lock will be carried out and completed in time for the navigation season.
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