The reopening of the swing bridge in the town of Bobcaygeon, Ontario, has been delayed until spring 2022, Parks Canada announced Friday.

In July, Parks Canada anticipated that repairs to the bridge across Lock 32 of the Trent-Severn waterway would be completed in December. However, officials said the deadline can no longer be met.

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Access to the Bobcaygeon swing bridge for vehicular traffic has been delayed until December 2021, says Parks Canada

Parks Canada says a new consultant was added to the project in early fall to review and finalize the bridge design, focusing on concerns regarding mechanical components and component rebuilding for the bridge.

“At the time, it was believed that a December 2021 bridge reopening deadline could still be achieved,” Parks Canada said in a statement. “However, following review by the new consultant, the contractor recently informed Parks Canada that they will not be able to meet this deadline and that the reopening of the bridge was to be delayed until spring 2022 due to issues primarily associated with rebuilding components. mechanical “.

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Improved pedestrian access over the upper lock gates and their access roads will remain open, Parks Canada said.

Originally built in 1921, the bridge in the heart of the village has been closed since May 2019. Repair work suffered long delays in 202 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Part of the project includes the replacement of the steel superstructure and concrete foundation, mechanical and electrical operating systems and the steel deck with a wooden one to maintain the original heritage structure.

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“We appreciate your patience as we make these significant investments in Bobcaygeon’s infrastructure,” the statement read.

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