Onsite construction to replace the fixed and swing portions of the Hamlet Bridge has restarted this week and the navigation channel through the area is now open, according to Parks Canada.
The Hamlet Bridge is at the intersection of Canning Road and Peninsula Point Road, connecting the townships of Severn and Gravenhurst. Construction at the Hamlet Bridge site was recently suspended to allow for spring fish spawning timelines and high water flows during the spring melt, but work on the new steel bridge has been ongoing at an offsite location, according to Parks Canada. The new bridge is expected to be installed and open to traffic in fall 2019 with intermittent closures in spring 2020 for commissioning and testing operation in warmer temperatures. The navigation channel through the area is now open and boaters are encouraged to exercise caution when boating through the area by obeying construction and speed signage and reducing wakes.
Inspections and repairs over the years have led to the decision to fully replace both the fixed and swing portions of the Hamlet Bridge, as well as the east and west bridge abutments, and the east pier. The mechanical and electrical systems of the bridge will be upgraded and the bridge will be raised to reduce the risk of immersion of mechanical components when water is high.
The Hamlet Bridge is being replaced with a bridge of a similar look “to preserve the historic landscape of the area,” according to Parks Canada. The work is a part of over $615 million being invested in Trent- Severn Waterway infrastructure.
To find information about this, or other infrastructure projects in your area, visit the Townships of Severn and Gravenhurst page or the Infrastructure program page on the Parks Canada website, or contact Ont.TrentSevern@pc.gc.ca and include “Hamlet” in the subject heading.