Community Bulletin: Work is Ongoing

Trent-Severn Waterway National Historic Site

April 13, 2018 – Parks Canada has been hard at work undertaking repairs to Glen Ross Lock 7 and Swing Bridge. Since project initiation this past fall, significant progress has been made on the rehabilitation of the lock concrete and bridge steel. The lock rehabilitation is on track to complete prior to navigation season, while repairs to the swing bridge are now anticipated to continue into early July.

Glen Ross Lock 7 concrete repairs
In February and March, the contractor installed hoarding and formwork throughout the lock as the wall rehabilitation work progressed. Concrete pours have been completed on approximately 75% of the south and north walls of the lock chamber. This month, concrete placement will continue on the remaining walls and sidewalks which form the deck around the lock. Repairs to the concrete centre pivot pier and bridge abutments are also being completed in preparation for the swing bridge reinstallation.

Off site, the centre pivot bearing, span drive cylinders, and end lift cylinders are being fabricated. These components are machined to precise dimensions and require a significant amount of coordination with additional parts - a time consuming process. Once the bridge components are delivered in May, the contractor will work to install the bridge as efficiently as possible. Further information will be provided on the road reopening date, as the rehabilitated bridge is reinstalled.

Stripped swing bridge steel
The contractor is working to complete repairs to the swing bridge as quickly as possible. Once installed, the bridge will remain swung open and in a static position until it is commissioned. As the bridge will be swung open, boats will be able to pass through the lock. The temporary pedestrian bridge will be removed prior to the start of the navigation season. At that time, pedestrians will be able to cross over the lock gates. Parking areas will remain accessible.

Glen Ross Swing Bridge pivot pier
Work on Glen Ross Lock 7 and Swing Bridge is extending the life of these important assets for decades to come. Once completed, the bridge will have a full highway load rating, which will offer long-term benefits to the citizens of Quinte West.

Parks Canada would like to thank the community for their continued patience as we complete this important infrastructure project. These historic investments will mitigate health and safety risks, halt the loss of nationally significant built heritage and stimulate the economy in communities across the country.

For More Information:

For up-to-date news about Parks Canada infrastructure work in this area, please visit If you have any questions about the Glen Ross Swing Bridge, or if you would like to receive email updates about this project, please email us at: and include “Glen Ross Swing Bridge” in the subject heading.

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