Community Update: Warsaw Road Swing Bridge Construction Update

Trent-Severn Waterway National Historic Site

August 6, 2021, Peterborough, Ontario – Parks Canada would like to advise that the Warsaw Road Swing Bridge reopening has been delayed. During commissioning of the swing bridge this week, the fit of key mechanical components on the bridge did not meet specifications. The components have been removed and are being remachined to ensure the proper fit. These components need to be properly in place on the bridge before testing and commissioning can restart to ensure safety. If testing and commissioning goes well, Parks Canada still expects the bridge will be reopened in August. If additional adjustments or modifications are required as a result of the testing, the bridge reopening will be delayed until they are completed.

Swing bridge projects are significantly more complex than fixed bridge projects, and thus, testing and commissioning is critical as components and operation are fine-tuned to ensure both public safety, and quality of delivered product.

Immediately following the reopening of the bridge, short intermittent delays are expected for operational testing. Traffic control measures will be in place. The bridge has been closed for a full replacement of the steel swing bridge structure, repairs to concrete abutments, and replacement of mechanical and electrical operating systems. As well, the project has brought the bridge up to full highway loading.

The Warsaw Road Swing Bridge 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. We appreciate your patience while we undertake these important investments into the infrastructure in Peterborough.

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