New load restrictions announced for Brass Point bridges

The bridges over the Rideau Canal on Burnt Hills Road will have a reduced load rating, beginning mid-May 2024. Photo via Parks Canada website.

Two bridges on Burnt Hills Road will have a reduced load rating beginning in mid-May 2024, according to Parks Canada.

The Brass Point Swing and Brass Point Fixed bridges, which connect the Township of South Frontenac with the City of Kingston over the Rideau Canal, will have their load rating reduced from 15 tonnes to 10 tonnes, Parks Canada said in a media release, dated Tuesday, Apr. 30, 2024.

“Parks Canada recently engaged bridge consultants who assessed both bridges, recommending a full replacement of the timber swing bridge and significant rehabilitation work for the fixed bridge,” the release reads.

Image via Parks Canada.

Originally constructed in the 1880s, Parks Canada conducted repairs on both in fall 2023 to extend the operational life of the bridges. According to the release, these load restrictions will help to further extend the operational life of the bridges while designs for their replacement and rehabilitation are developed. The permanent load rating signs will be updated from 15 tonnes to 10 tonnes by mid-May 2024, Parks Canada reported.

In the release, Parks Canada thanked the public for its attention to this important infrastructure matter.

For questions or concerns, contact Parks Canada at [email protected] and include “Brass Point Swing and Fixed Bridge” in the subject heading. For more information about the Rideau Canal, visit https://parks.canada.ca/rideau, or follow them on social media @RideauCanalNHS.

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