The Jackson Creek Trail will be getting a new bridge this fall. The four kilometer recreational trail, owned and maintained by Otonabee Conservation, has four bridges along its length that span Jackson Creek. The most westerly bridge – #2017 – is being replaced due to failing condition.
“The principle concern with the bridge is the deteriorating abutments and wing walls which are essentially its main supports. The bridge has been closed to vehicular traffic since 2014,” explains Dan Marinigh, Chief Administrative Officer for Otonabee Conservation.
“Pedestrian traffic has been allowed to continue but will now be prohibited within the construction area, which extends from Ackison Road approximately 1 kilometer to bridge #2009 – commonly known as the orange bridge,” says Marinigh. “We realize that the trail closure may be an inconvenience, but it is necessary in order to keep everyone safe during the construction period.”
Signs indicating the closure of the trail within the designated area and suggested detours will be installed by October 13th, 2018. Drain Bros. Excavating Limited will undertake the work, which is scheduled to begin Monday, October 29, 2018.
The work will involve the installation of erosion control measures, removal of the existing bridge and footings, construction of new bridge footings and placement of the new bridge. The work is scheduled for completion on or before Saturday, November 24, 2018.
“Given the subdivision developments that are planned or underway directly north and south of the Jackson Creek Trail, the trail will see an increase in use in the coming years,” says Marinigh. “In order to meet the growing demand for recreational use of the trail, installation of the new bridge is timely, and additional repairs in other locations along the trail will need to be undertaken over the next few years.”
The Jackson Creek Trail is designated as part of The Great Trail (formerly known as the Trans Canada Trail). The Trans Canada Trail provided a grant to Otonabee Conservation for the engineering and design of the new bridge.
Marinigh points out that select locations along the length of the trail will require the replacement of culverts and a surface treatment (application of new crushed stone). The total cost for the replacement of bridge #2017, rehabilitation of the other 3 bridges and trail repairs is estimated at $400,000. Marinigh says that the conservation authority will fund the projects over 5 years.
Otonabee Conservation invites anyone wishing to make a charitable financial gift in support of the Jackson Creek Trail improvements to select one of the following options:
- Donating online, or
- Visit the Otonabee Conservation office located at 250 Milroy Drive, Peterborough.