Contracts awarded for Trent-Severn Waterway projects assure the project is moving forward

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Construction contracts have been awarded covering four sections of the Trent-Severn’s 368 km waterway system.

Neil Ellis, member of parliament for the Bay of Quinte, on behalf of the Government of Canada, updated the public on the progress of the projects intended to rehabilitate the national historic site.

The four contracts, which include repair of dams, locks, canal walls, and other retaining structures, are worth a total of $330 million. Each of the four contracts contains multiple projects bundled together based on geography.

The Maple Reinders and Construction Demathieu and Bard (Maple CDB) joint venture was awarded the contract for the portion of the Trent-Severn that reaches from Trenton to Healey Falls at the southern end of the area.

This makes the 8 projects Maple CDB is managing along this stretch of the TSW, with a total value of $190 million. In April of 2019 Maple CDB awarded two projects to Pomerleau for dams 1 and 3, worth $30 million and $33 million, respectively. Construction on those projects is due to begin in August and be completed in 2022.

Another of the contracts bundles, called the Kirkfield, was announced to have been awarded to EllisDon Civil Ltd. And Chant Limited in joint venture in a 2017 press release.

The Trent-Severn Waterway spants nearly 400km connecting Lake Ontario and Lake Huron, and contains 44 historic lockstations, as well as 160 water control structures. Phase one of the project began in summer 2018 on Blind Dam C and Bayview Dam E, and the adjacent fixed bridge. The repairs will extend the lifespan of the structures for decades.

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