Parks Canada has arranged for a temporary pedestrian walkway to cross the Trent-Severn Waterway's Lock 18 in the Village of Hastings (near Peterborough, Ontario) throughout the closure of the swing bridge on County Road 45. During that time, the existing swing bridge will be replaced with a new 75-year lifespan bridge.
The pedestrian walkway will circumvent the construction site and will be in place before the end of December, though it is not scheduled to open until the swing bridge closes. The bridge closure is scheduled for the morning of January 4, 2016.
The entrance to the walkway on the north side of the swing bridge is at the corner of Bridge Street South and Pond Street. The walkway runs south along the east side of Bridge Street, east behind the Lock Operator's Building, south across the water and west along a gradual ramp to connect with the east side of Bridge Street.
The walking detour is wheelchair accessible, and consists of a paved pathway, concrete deck, as well as steel and wood structures.
The walkway will be regularly maintained and cleared of snow and ice.
The new swing bridge is being constructed off-site and will be transported to the site in sections during installation. During the closure, the old bridge will be removed from the site and demolished, at which time concrete repairs and modifications will be completed prior to the installation of the new bridge.
Alternate vehicle routes across the Trent-Severn Waterway include County Road 30 to the East or County Road 28 to the West.
Up-to-date news on infrastructure work in Hastings can be found at www.pc.gc.ca/TSWHastings.