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Tuesday, 13 December 2016 21:09

Checking out the Swing Bridge

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            Parks Canada has begun inspection of the Bobcaygeon Swing Bridge—including the bridge structure and abutments, the guardrails, and embankments—to see whether any repair work may be required.

            Bobcaygeon’s Swing Bridge was originally constructed in 1921. It’s an important part of the landscape of the community, that allows for

the mix of both boat and vehicular traffic in the downtown core.

            Any work that will take place will be completed by May, in time for returning boaters on the Victoria day weekend as Bobcaygeon celebrates Canada's 150th anniversary.

            Above-freezing temperatures are required for the hydraulics to work properly, but residents may still see a bridge swing or two before Christmas as a part of the inspections.

            The swings will disrupt traffic no longer than normal summer bridge swings.

            Workers have already done some concrete core sampling, and have earmarked the concrete approach walls on the Canal Street side of the downstream canal (South, at the blue line) for rehabilitation.

            You can follow this and other infrastructure projects in your area, by visiting pc.gc.ca/tswKawarthaLakes.

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