Work delayed on Horseshoe Lake Dam
|By Lisa Gervais - Editor | February 23, 2017|
Parks Canada says a prolonged and greater than average January thaw has caused delays for contractors working on the Horseshoe Lake Dam.
In a news release last week, they said the slowdown affected the building of a cofferdam to divert the Gull River around the construction site.
That cofferdam is now operational and sluices (gates) 1 and 2 have been demolished, spokeswoman Natalie Austin said.
“The water management strategy on the Gull River will not change. The remaining two sluiceways will be available to accommodate the increased flows that are experienced during the Spring melt,” she added.
As a result, the closure of Horseshoe Lake Road (County Road 20) at the Bethel Road Bridge has been extended until early April. At that point, it will be opened to one lane of traffic with a traffic light. Both lanes will be open for traffic in early May. The road has been closed to accommodate staging for the project to replace the Horseshoe Lake Dam.
Pedestrian access is being maintained throughout the road closure.
Residents are advised to avoid the area if possible and follow posted roadside detour signs.
Horseshoe Lake Dam, at the outlet of Horseshoe Lake, near Minden, was built in 1909. Work is underway to replace the dam in full, to meet modern design standards for performance and public safety.
The work is a part of the government’s investment of more than $600 million toward infrastructure on the Trent-Severn Waterway and its reservoir lakes.
Aerial construction photos will be shared on Parks Canada’s social media accounts: Twitter@trentsevernnhs or Facebook/trentsevernnhs.
For questions or concerns, or to receive email updates regarding this project, contact Ont.TrentSevern@pc.gc.ca and include “Horseshoe Lake Dam” in the subject heading.
For news about this or other infrastructure projects in the area, visit pc.gc.ca/tswHaliburton.
LISA GERVAIS is the editor for The Highlander.