Reopened Elbow Creek Bridge on K&P Trail provides increased load capacity

Councillor Greenwood-Speers of Frontenac County prepares to cut the ribbon of the Elbow Creek Bridge surrounded by members of the community, including representatives from the Frontenac ATV Club, L&A Ridgerunners Snowmobile Club, Crains’ Construction, and Keystone Bridge Management. Photo via Frontenac County.

On Friday, Dec. 15, 2023, Frontenac County officials, guests, and residents gathered for a ribbon-cutting ceremony to open the newly replaced Elbow Creek Bridge in Central Frontenac.

The bridge is located near kilometre 57 of the Frontenac K&P Trail, about two kilometres south of Fish Creek Rd and two kilometres north of Ball Road. According to a release from Frontenac County, the crossing and that section of trail closed on October 2 of this year so that construction crews could replace the previous fibreglass-and-wood structure with new concrete foundations to support a new prefabricated steel span with timber deck. The County noted that the new bridge has an increased load capacity, is more durable, and will be serviceable for many years to come.     

“It’s my pleasure to see this new bridge open on behalf of Frontenac County Council,” said Frontenac County Warden Ron Vandewal. “The County made this investment because the ongoing development and growth of the Frontenac K&P Trail remains central to our economic development strategy. The trail is for everyone who lives in or visits Frontenac to enjoy. I want to thank all those who contributed time and money to achieving this milestone.”   

According to the release, the $440,000 project was funded by the County of Frontenac with significant financial contributions from The Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs, Trans Canada Trail, and The Frontenac ATV Club. Design, fabrication, and construction of the project were managed by Keystone Bridge Management Corp, Algonquin Bridge, and Crains’ Construction Ltd. 

“We extend sincere congratulations to Frontenac County for the opening of the Elbow Creek Bridge on the K&P Trail,” said Eleanor McMahon, President and CEO of Trans Canada Trail. “This collaborative achievement reflects our steadfast commitment to preserving historic pathways for everyone to enjoy – today, and for generations to come.” 

The Elbow Creek Bridge is now open to the public, Frontenac County shared, adding that it is “enhancing the accessibility and appeal of the K&P Trail for outdoor enthusiasts.”

The Elbow Creek Bridge viewed from a northeastern angle. Photo via Frontenac County.

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