Causeway Updates

Phase 2 of the Causeway construction project will commence in the month of May, 2024. Please expect single lane closures and delays as we complete the bridge restoration, and final road works.

Construction Phase 2 - FAQ's

 

January 2024 Project Update

The County of Peterborough is pleased to advise that the 2023 James A. Gifford Causeway roadworks tender was substantially completed in November 2023. The installation of lighting along the new multi-use path is anticipated to be completed by mid-winter 2024.

The design of the next phase of Causeway construction is currently being finalized and will include extensive rehabilitation of the Chemong Bridge. The construction tender for this work is expected to be issued for public bidding in February 2024.

The scope of the 2024 contract will also include a road reconstruction component, extending from west of Chemong Bridge to the Kelly Boulevard/Garthorne Avenue intersection.

The scope of the 2024 construction contract will include:
- Repairs to Chemong Bridge superstructure and substructure
- Excavation and replacement of deteriorated concrete deck sections
- Renewal of the asphalt surface on the bridge
- Approx. 400 metres of road surface repairs east and west of bridge
- Renewal of steel beam guiderail
- New 1.8m concrete sidewalk on the south side of Chemong Bridge
- Connection to new multi-use path and installation of pathway lighting

 

Construction is to commence in the late spring/summer of 2024 with completion in November 2024.
Repairs to the Chemong Bridge will require a closure of a single traffic lane resulting in extended periods of delay to traffic movement across the bridge, particularly during peak traffic periods. 
Motorists are advised to plan accordingly and consider alternate routes to avoid traffic delays. 
For more details, please refer to the schematic of the bridgeworks plan: 

James A. Gifford Causeway - Roadworks schematic - 2023-12-22

Should you have any questions, comments, or requests for service concerning continued improvements to the James A. Gifford Causeway, please email the County at roads@ptbocounty.ca

 

August 2023 Project Update
The County of Peterborough is pleased to advise that construction on the James A. Gifford Causeway is set to commence during the week of September 11, 2023, with a projected completion date of November 2023.

Dufferin Construction Company has been awarded the construction contract (Tender No. T-12-2023) which will commence with the installation of the traffic management plan.

The scope of this contract extends from the County Road 16 (Robinson Road) intersection to west of the Chemong Bridge and will include the following improvements:

- 10m wide 2-lane road cross-section

- On-road 1.5m wide paved shoulders

- Roadside safety devices

- Concrete barrier curb and gutter separation between roadway and multi-use path

- Off-road 3.5m wide multi-use asphalt path including pathway lighting across the Causeway.

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Daily single-lane road closures will be instituted during the completion of the work with two lanes re-opened at the end of the contractor’s workday. Access to the boat launch at Rotary Park will be maintained.

A separate bridgeworks tender will be developed through 2023 to include a 1.8m concrete sidewalk across the Chemong Bridge for access by pedestrians and cyclists, with construction planned to be completed in 2024.

For more details, please refer to the schematic of the roadworks plan:

James A. Gifford Causeway - Roadworks schematic - 2023-04-26

Should you have any requests for service, questions or comments regarding the Causeway improvements, please email the County at: roads@ptbocounty.ca

 

 

June 2023 Project Update

In continuation of the County’s plan to rehabilitate the James A. Gifford Causeway, Tender No. T-12-2023 was issued for public bidding on June 8, 2023, with bidding to close on July 6, 2023.

In accordance with direction provided on April 19, 2023, by County Council, the plan includes rescoping the project to allow for the development of 2 separate tenders; one roadworks tender to be completed in 2023 and one bridgeworks tender projected to be to be completed in 2024.

Rescoped elements of the Causeway roadworks tender have been formatted into a “standard” County hot mix asphalt tender form, to include the following features:

  • 10m wide 2-lane road cross-section
  • On-road 1.5m wide paved shoulders
  • Concrete barrier curb and gutter separation between roadway and multi-use path
  • Off-road 3.5m wide multi-use asphalt path including pathway lighting across the Causeway
  • Work to extend from west of Chemong Bridge to Rotary Park.

 

Intermittent single-lane road closures will be instituted during the completion of the roadworks tender, with work to take place mid to late summer 2023. Access to the boat launch at Rotary Park will be maintained.

A rescoped bridgeworks tender will be developed through 2023 to include a 1.8m concrete sidewalk across the Chemong Bridge for access by pedestrians and cyclists.

 

For more details, please refer to the schematic of the roadworks plan:

James A. Gifford Causeway - Roadworks schematic - 2023-04-26

Please contact the following individuals for any additional information:

Bryan Weir
Sr. Director of Planning and Public Works
County of Peterborough
470 Water Street
Peterborough, Ontario K9H 3M3
Phone: 743-0380 ext. 2400
bweir@ptbocounty.ca

Peter Nielsen,
CET Manager, Capital Projects
County of Peterborough
470 Water Street
Peterborough, Ontario K9H 3M3
Phone: 705-775-2737 ext. 3200
pnielsen@ptbocounty.ca

April 2023 Project Update 
April 2023 Project Update - Council Report

In continuation of the County’s plan to rehabilitate the James A. Gifford Causeway and Chemong Bridge, Tender No. T-07-2023 was issued for public bidding, with bidding closing on February 28, 2023.

Through the public consultation process undertaken in 2021/2022, the rehabilitation design of the Causeway and Chemong Bridge identified in Tender No. T-07-2023 included the following features:

  • 10m wide 2-lane road cross-section
  • On-road 1.5m wide paved shoulders
  • 1.5m concrete centre-median separation between roadway and multi-use path
  • Off-road 3.0m wide multi-use asphalt path including pathway lighting across the Causeway
  • Relocation of extra high-pressure gas main on underside of Chemong Bridge
  • 3.0m wide multi-use path across south side of Chemong Bridge
  • Rehabilitate structure elements of Chemong Bridge
  • Pave Rotary Park parking lots (provisional item)
  • Work to extend from Garthorne Ave./Kelly Blvd. to Rotary Park.

However, as reported to Council on March 15, 2023, the 2 bids received for Tender No. T-07-2023 were in excess of the engineer’s cost estimate.

Through discussions with the Township of Selwyn, it was determined that the best course of action would be to cancel Tender No. T-07-2023 and rescope the design in order to reduce project costs while maintaining the same design intent developed through public consultation.

On April 19, 2023, County Council endorsed the plan to rescope the project that will allow for the development of 2 separate tenders.

Separating tenders into specialized disciplines is anticipated to increase the number of potential bidders, thereby increasing competition, reducing downtime and reducing respective costs.

Rescoped elements of the Causeway roadworks are to be formatted into a “standard” County hot mix asphalt tender form, to include the following features:

  • 10m wide 2-lane road cross-section
  • On-road 1.5m wide paved shoulders
  • Concrete barrier curb and gutter separation between roadway and multi-use path
  • Off-road 3.5m wide multi-use asphalt path including pathway lighting across the Causeway
  • Work to extend from west of Chemong Bridge to Rotary Park.

    Cross Section of Causeway Rescoped Design

County Council authorized proceeding with the roadworks tender, as quickly as possible, so that rehabilitation of the Causeway roadworks may be completed in 2023.

Intermittent single-lane road closures may be anticipated during the completion of the roadworks tender, with work to take place mid to late summer 2023. Access to the boat launch at Rotary Park will be maintained.
A rescoped bridgeworks tender will be developed through 2023 to include a 1.8m concrete sidewalk for access by pedestrians and cyclists.

Rescoping the 3.0m wide multi-use asphalt path across south side of Chemong Bridge to a 1.8m concrete sidewalk will eliminate the need to relocate the existing extra high-pressure gas main located on the underside of Chemong Bridge, resulting in significant savings to the project.

Completion of the bridgeworks is anticipated to take place in 2024, subject to timely preparation of a rescoped design and successful tendering.

For more details, please refer to:
April 19, 2023 – Council Report

Council meeting on Youtube

April 19, 2023 - Council Meeting - Senior Director of Planning and Public Works, Bryan Weir discusses James A. Gifford Causeway

April 19, 2023 - Council Meeting - Entire Meeting - (discussion of James A. Gifford Causeway starts at approximately 56:40).


Please contact the following individuals for any additional information:
Bryan Weir
Senior Director of Planning and Public Works
County of Peterborough
470 Water Street
Peterborough, Ontario K9H 3M3
Phone: 743-0380 ext. 2400
bweir@ptbocounty.ca

Peter Nielsen, CET
Manager, Capital Projects
County of Peterborough
470 Water Street
Peterborough, Ontario K9H 3M3
Phone: 705-775-2737 ext. 3200
pnielsen@ptbocounty.ca

February 2023 - Composite Plan - 2023 Gifford Causeway/Chemong Bridge rehabilitation project

Tender No. T-07-2023 Cancelled

Composite Plan (To be rescoped/redesigned)

November 2022 - Winter Update - North Shoreline Repairs November 2022 to March 2023

The County is pleased to advise that repairs to the north shoreline of the James A. Gifford Causeway will commence in November 2022. Due to the deteriorated condition, shoreline repairs are required to be completed in advance of further roadworks now planned to take place in 2023.

In order to create a protected workzone for the north shoreline repairs, the alignment of the 2-lane road across the Causeway will be shifted towards the south, onto the widened Causeway platform. There will be intermittent traffic delays as this construction work proceeds.

Construction will include realignment of 2-lane road with asphalt removal and replacement and new pavement markings. North shoreline repairs will involve excavation of deteriorated gabion stone baskets and reinstatement of the shoreline with large angular stone.