Community Update: Drag Lake Dam South Construction Update

Trent-Severn Waterway National Historic Site

November 5, 2021 –Parks Canada would like to notify the public of a change to the hours of work for the Drag Lake Dam South replacement project.

Since project commencement in August, the contractor was instructed to work within the hours of 7:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., Monday to Friday, and Saturdays as necessary. Recent high water levels on the Trent-Severn Waterway led to a work stoppage to accommodate the movement of water through the system. Work is back underway. However, due to the stoppage, the contractor will commence work on Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. beginning on November 6th, 2021 until the end of February 2022 in order to maintain project timelines. Work on Sundays from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. can also be expected during this timeframe, on an as needed basis. Construction noise and traffic can be expected. Hours of work moving forward will be as follows:

Monday – Friday: 7:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Saturday: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sunday: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (as necessary)

With the additional work hours, construction is expected to conclude in summer 2022, including restoration, as originally anticipated. Parks Canada appreciates the public’s patience and understanding during this critical construction project.

The Drag Lake Dam South replacement project is part of the Government of Canada’s Federal Infrastructure Investment program. Parks Canada is leading this important 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.

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