Horseshoe Lake Road closure extended
By Chad Ingram
Published Feb. 17, 2017
The closure of a portion of Horseshoe Lake Road south of Bethel Road will last longer than Parks Canada initially anticipated.
In early December, the federal agency closed a portion of the road as it got to work on the replacement of the Horseshoe Lake dam.
That project is one of a number of dam rehabs and replacements that will be performed throughout Haliburton County, representing about $40 million of $570 million the federal government is spending on improvements to the Trent Severn Waterway.
While the road closure had been anticipated to last until the end of February, a Feb. 16 press release from Parks Canada says the closure is now scheduled to last until early April, at which point one lane of the road will be reopened.
“Due to a prolonged and greater than average January thaw, contractors experienced delays building a cofferdam that would divert the Gull River around the construction site,” the release reads. “The cofferdam is now operational and sluices 1 & 2 have been demolished. 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.”
According to the release, both lanes should be reopened to traffic in early May.
Much of the infrastructure of the Trent Severn Waterway is more than a century old. The dam at Horseshoe Lake was constructed in 1909.
The new dam will include a pedestrian walkway that will allow for viewing the Minden Wild Water Preserve, located just below the dam at the head of the Gull River.
Anyone with any questions about the project can send an email to Ont.TrentSevern@pc.gc.ca
and write “Horseshoe Lake Dam” in the subject heading. Updates on projects in the county can be found at www.pc.gc.ca/tswHaliburton.