Community bulletin: Warsaw Road Swing Bridge, Parkhill Rd East

Trent-Severn Waterway National Historic Site

May 27, 2021, Peterborough, ON – Parks Canada would like to provide the public with information regarding the completion of the Warsaw Road Swing Bridge on Parkhill Road East in Peterborough.

The bridge has been closed over the winter months 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.

Swing bridge projects are significantly more complex than fixed bridge projects, and thus completion timelines are more fluid as components and operation are fine-tuned to ensure both public safety, and quality of delivered product. Parks Canada will not provide exact dates of opening, but has worked with the contractor to enact a plan that will have the bridge open for vehicles as soon as possible.

What to Expect

Early July: The contractor will begin an approximate five-day period of onsite testing of the bridge with a live load. If this testing goes well, the bridge will advance to being open for vehicular and pedestrian traffic. If additional hydraulic or mechanical adjustments are required, the bridge will remain closed until they are completed.

Mid to end of July: Some project work at the bridge will remain following its opening to vehicular traffic, like installation of signage, and paving of approaches. This may require single-lane closures or short delays without notice.

Parks Canada is thankful for your patience and understanding during this project. The Government of Canada is investing over $615 million to support infrastructure work on the Trent-Severn Waterway as part of the largest federal infrastructure plan in the history of Parks Canada.

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