Repair work on the Hog’s Back Swing Bridge in Ottawa, a lengthy project that has had a major impact on local traffic, will take longer than originally planned and continue over this summer.
Much-needed rehabilitation work to the south-end bridge — built in 1976 — began last August and was initially scheduled to finish sometime in May 2020, but it now won’t wrap up until the end of August 2020, the National Capital Commission (NCC) announced Thursday.
“Although work is progressing well, challenges during the procurement and construction process will require the Hog’s Back Swing Bridge to be closed an additional three months, until August 28th, 2020,” the NCC wrote in a news release.
“The NCC regrets the impact that this extended closure will have on the public and is working with its partners, including Parks Canada and the City of Ottawa, to help mitigate the effects to traffic.”
The commission, which manages federal lands and assets in the National Capital Region, says the traffic detours already in place for the repair work will stay put over the summer. Pedestrian access, cycling access and canal navigation, however, won’t be affected.
The swing bridge carries commuters travelling on Hog’s Back Road over the Rideau Canal, just south of the Carleton University campus. The bridge’s swing features typically operate from mid-May to mid-October.
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