Parks Canada has announced several projects in the area of Burritts Rapids Lock 17 – including work to rehabilitate the earth dams, the swing bridge, and the masonry of the lock. Each of these structures have historic and cultural significance for the community of Burritts Rapids and more broadly as part of the Rideau Canal National Historic Site. At 7 pm on September 22, Parks Canada staff will be at the Burritts Rapids community centre to talk about the forthcoming work to rehabilitate the earth dams in the area as well as the work this fall to complete major repairs on the historic swing bridge. The project managers for both projects will be on hand to discuss the forthcoming work, respond to questions, and accept feedback from the community.
Large portions of the tip-to-tip trail run along the top of the 180 year old earth dams that run along the northern shoreline of the canal approaching lock 17. Parks Canada has announced funding to investigate and rehabilitate these earth dams to ensure that they will continue to be reliable public safety assets for generations to come. Investigations began in late 2015 and Parks Canada is now in a position to provide an update to the community following up on presentations in January 2016 and November 2015.
The Burritts Rapids swing bridge is the oldest structure of its kind crossing the Rideau Canal. Parks Canada has announced funding that will enable needed repairs to the structural steel and masonry abutments as well as the replacement of the timber bridge deck. Additionally, the bridge will be sandblasted and completely repainted. The nature of this work will result in an extended closure of the crossing. This closure could come as early as late fall, however, as important preparatory work remains ongoing, it is not possible to provide a specific date at this time. As more information becomes available, Parks Canada will provide further updates to the community.
All those interested in hearing more about the proposed work are welcome to attend this meeting on Thursday evening.