The historic Hamlet Bridge between Gravenhurst and Severn is now closed.

The two sections, both swing and fixed, are in the process of being replaced, a project being overseen by Parks Canada. The replacement was decided on after years of corrosion was discovered on each structure.

The fixed bridge is over 100 years old, first build in 1902. The swing portion isn’t much younger, having been built a few decades later in 1922. Parks Canada has chosen two replica model bridges that will keep the historic feel of the Trent-Severn waterway crossing.

Construction is expected to last well into next summer, but a more specific re-opening date will be released in the New Year. Drivers who usually use Canning Road and Peninsula Road are directed to use Highway 11 as a detour.

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