Parks Canada has issued another update on the Brighton Road Swing Bridge replacement, but it’s not good news.
The bridge, which was supposed to be ready for traffic in June, now won’t be ready until early September.
Officials say the project has been delayed by complications with the completion of hydraulics systems and other issues with the construction of some key mechanical parts.
The bridge itself has been built and lots of other work has been completed, including bridge abutments, a retaining wall, drainage and electrical elements.
Over the next few weeks, more concrete foundation and stairs are being poured, the new operator’s kiosk will be installed and other mechanical components will be completed.
The Brighton Road Swing Bridge spans the Murray Canal on County Road 64, connecting Prince Edward County and the Municipality of Quinte West.
The bridge is being replaced with a new two lane swing bridge that will also have a pedestrian sidewalk, a full highway load rating eliminating the current restrictions for emergency and service vehicles, and upgraded mechanical and electrical features.
The bridge was fabricated off-site and transported to the site in sections for reassembly.
The bridge abutments and centre pier are being rehabilitated to accommodate the new bridge.