As announced in August 2019, components of the Hog’s Back swing bridge have reached the end of their life cycle, and the National Capital Commission (NCC) is undertaking rehabilitation work to extend the bridge’s service life another 20 to 30 years.
Although work is progressing well, challenges during the procurement and construction process will require the Hog’s Back swing bridge to be closed until the end of summer. The NCC regrets the impact that these closures will have on the public, and is working with its partners, including Parks Canada and the City of Ottawa, to help mitigate the effects on traffic.
New closures in effect on May 4, 2020
To allow Parks Canada to undertake work on the Hog’s Back fixed bridge, beginning Monday, May 4, at 7 am, these new closures will be in effect, at all times:
- A section of Colonel By Drive, between University Drive and Hog’s Back Road, will be closed until the end of summer.
- The Hog’s Back fixed bridge will be closed until the end of December.
- Due to the ongoing work on both the swing bridge and the fixed bridge, Hog’s Back Road will be closed, between Prince of Wales Drive and Riverside Drive, until the end of summer. Local access will be maintained.
- Following the reopening of the Hog’s Back swing bridge, Hog’s Back Road will remain closed, between Colonel By Drive and Riverside Drive, until the end of December.
Current detours for motorists via Riverside Drive, Heron Road bridge, and Prince of Wales Drive will remain in effect during the work.
Pedestrian and cyclist access will continue to be maintained during the construction period, and Rideau Canal navigation will not be interrupted.
Work will be undertaken Monday to Friday, between 7 am and 8 pm, and occasionally on Saturdays and Sundays.
The NCC and Parks Canada urge motorists, cyclists and pedestrians to exercise caution, respect working crews and equipment, and obey signage and flag persons at the site.
The rehabilitation of the Hog’s Back swing bridge is part of the NCC’s major infrastructure projects made possible with the Government of Canada’s $55-million investment from the 2018 federal budget.
WORK BEING DONE ON THE HOG'S BACK SWING BRIDGE
- Replacement of the steel grating with a closed deck system
- Replacement of the railing system on the bridge and approaches
- Complete structural steel re-coating
- Replacement of all electrical/bridge control components
- Replacement/refurbishment of mechanical components