Community Update: Hogs Back Fixed Bridge Project Update

Rideau Canal National Historic Site

December 23, 2020 – Parks Canada advises that the Hogs Back fixed bridge will re-open for vehicle traffic in mid-January 2021.

This project is part of a larger federal infrastructure renewal program and will improve safety for all bridge users. Parks Canada is responsible for protecting nationally significant examples of natural and cultural heritage and sharing the stories of these treasured places.


The Hogs Back fixed bridge has undergone extensive repairs and rehabilitation which began in 2018 as part of the Federal Infrastructure Investment Program. The work on the Hogs Back fixed bridge was completed in two distinct phases.

The first phase involved repairs to the piers and abutments of both the dam and bridge, the east and west upstream retaining wall, and the tunnel under the west abutment of the bridge. The second phase began in April of this year when work commenced to replace the bridge deck. As part of the bridge deck replacement, a new multi-use pathway was constructed which links directly into Canada’s Capital Pathway network. Additionally, new lampposts and bridge barriers were installed to ensure a safe travel experience for all visitors to the area. Guard rails will be installed in January prior to the bridge re-opening to traffic.

Parks Canada advises that contractors will be back on site in the spring to complete final landscaping to finish this extensive site revitalization. Once this is finished, all facets of work will be complete on this successful, multi-year project.

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