Sometime in the spring is the best Parks Canada can do in terms of when the fixed bridge replacement at Lock 42 will be completed.
The bridge is on Canal Road in Severn Township, near Washago, and is part of the Trent-Severn Waterway.
The $1.4 million replacement does mean disruption for some residents in the area, but the fixed bridge is near the end of its lifespan. The new bridge should last about 50 years, which will be an improvement for vehicle traffic and limit annual maintenance, according to Parks Canada.
To limit the length of the closure, the bridge is actually being built off-site. Assembly on-site will take several months.
The bridge replacement is part of the federal infrastructure investment program.