Significant Milestone reached as Government of Canada Awards $330 Million in Construction Contracts for Trent-Severn Waterway Infrastructure

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April 25, 2017 - Campbellford, Ontario - Public Services and Procurement Canada

Investments in preserving Canada’s national parks and historic sites create economic benefits and jobs.

Canada’s national parks and historic sites enable Canadian families to experience our rich history and heritage. As such, preserving Canada’s national parks and historic sites, while investing in local infrastructure remains a high priority for the Government of Canada.

On behalf of the Government of Canada, the Honourable Maryam Monsef, Member of Parliament for Peterborough-Kawartha and the Minister of Status of Women, along with Kim Rudd, Member of Parliament for Northumberland-Peterborough South, announced four contract awards totalling $330 million for the Trent-Severn Waterway Federal Infrastructure Investment Program in Central Ontario.

The contracts include the restoration and repair of dams, locks, canal walls, and other water retaining structures along the waterway.  Design work has already begun and preparations are underway to ensure that field work can begin this year. Major construction will begin in 2018 and is expected to be completed in 2020.

Each of the four contracts contains multiple projects bundled together based on their geographical location along the Trent-Severn Waterway. Following fair, open and competitive procurement processes, the South and Central Bundles were awarded to the joint venture Maple Reinders Constructors Ltd. and Construction Demathieu & Bard (CBD) Inc., the North Bundle was awarded to Maple Engineering & Construction Canada Ltd., and the Kirkfield Bundle was awarded to EllisDon Civil Ltd. and Chant Limited in joint venture.


Quotes

“These contract awards underscore the Government of Canada’s commitment to creating jobs for the middle class and investing in infrastructure to build a strong economy. Public Services and Procurement Canada is proud to be working with our partners at Parks Canada Agency on this important program for the benefit of all Canadians.”

The Honourable Steve MacKinnon,
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Public Services and Procurement

“This is a significant milestone for the Trent-Severn Waterway Federal Infrastructure Investment Program. These four contracts represent approximately 30 individual projects stretching the length of the waterway, which will have a positive impact for our local tourism and construction sectors.  Each project will continue to bring benefits to the communities along the way, long after the work is completed in 2020.”

The Honourable Maryam Monsef,
Member of Parliament for Peterborough-Kawartha and the Minister of Status of Women

“Through this work we will see tangible benefits right here in Northumberland-Peterborough South. This infrastructure investment will stimulate our local economy and ensure our locks, bridges and dams are operating optimally for local residents and all outdoor enthusiasts!”

Kim Rudd,
Member of Parliament for Northumberland-Peterborough South

Quick Facts

  • The Trent-Severn Waterway is Canada's largest national historic site spanning nearly 400 kilometres and with more physical assets than any other. It has 44 locks, a marine railway and approximately 160 water control structures.

  • To date, Parks Canada has announced infrastructure investments totalling more than $600 million to repair, rehabilitate or replace the network of locks & bridges across the Trent-Severn Waterway in Ontario.

  • Public Services and Procurement Canada applied Smart Procurement principles to this procurement process, including early industry engagement and the use of third-party advice.

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Backgrounder

Investments in the Trent-Severn Waterway Infrastructure

The Trent-Severn Waterway flows 386 kilometres across central Ontario, linking the Bay of Quinte on Lake Ontario to Georgian Bay, through a system of rivers, lakes, canals and locks.  Operated by Parks Canada, the Trent-Severn Waterway is also Canada’s largest national historic site as the Trent-Severn watershed covers an area over 18,000 km2.

The Trent-Severn Waterway is an important part of both the local tourism economy and quality of life for residents in communities along its length. As well, its dams play an essential role in both water management and hydro electricity generation.

For these reasons, the Government of Canada has announced more than $600 million of investments into infrastructure across the Trent-Severn Waterway and its reservoir lakes. While many of the announced projects are included in the four bundles, many more projects are being managed individually.  Details of all previously announced projects can be found at pc.gc.ca/tswInfrastructure.

List of Bundles and Associated Projects 

Trent-Severn Waterway South Bundle – Awarded to joint venture Maple Reinders Constructors Ltd. and Construction Demathieu & Bard (CDB) Inc.  The South bundle includes the following projects:

  • Trenton Dam Rehabilitation
  • Glen Miller Lock and Dam Rehabilitation
  • Frankford Dam 6 Rehabilitation
  • Meyers Dam 8 Rehabilitation
  • Hagues Reach Dam 9 Rehabilitation
  • Ranney Falls Lock and Dam Rehabilitation
  • Campbellford Dam and Lock Rehabilitation
  • Crowe Bay Dam 12 and Lock 14 Rehabilitation
  • Southern Sector Concrete Rehabilitation

Trent-Severn Waterway Central Bundle – Awarded to joint venture Maple Reinders Constructors Ltd. and Construction Demathieu & Bard (CDB) Inc.  The Central bundle includes the following projects:

  • Scotts Mills Dam Replacement
  • Peterborough Earth Dams Repairs
  • Nassau Guard Gate Replacement
  • Replacement/Rehabilitation of Nassau Dam at Lock 22, 
  • Replacement/Rehabilitation of Otonabee Dam at Lock 23,
  • Replacement/Rehabilitation of Douro Dam at Lock 24,
  • Replacement/Rehabilitation of Sawer Creek Dam at Lock 25, and
  • Replacement/Rehabilitation of Burleigh Falls Dam at Lock 28

Trent-Severn Waterway Kirkfield Bundle – Awarded to joint venture EllisDon Civil Ltd. and Chant Limited.  The Kirkfield bundle includes the following projects:

  • Dam at Lock 38 Rehabilitation
  • Talbot Dam Rehabilitation
  • Talbot Earth Dam Repairs
  • Concrete Rehabilitation to Locks 37 – 43

Trent-Severn Waterway Northern Bundle – Awarded to Maple Engineering & Construction Canada Ltd.  The North bundle includes the following projects:

  • Rehabilitation/reconstruction of Port Severn Dams and Bridges
  • Rehabilitation/reconstruction of Northern Area Dams

Details on Projects within the Bundles

Trent-Severn Waterway South Bundle

Project name: Trenton Dam and Lock Rehabilitation
Location: Quinte West, ON
Project description: Trenton Dam 1 is one of the few remaining large dams on the Trent River that has not yet been mechanized. This project will replace the dam and include mechanization of water control systems. Rehabilitation work will be undertaken on Lock 1 and the lock approach walls, and the breakwater on the Bay of Quinte approach will be redesigned and stabilized.

Project name: Glen Miller Lock and Dam Rehabilitation
Location: Quinte West, ON
Project description: This project entails a comprehensive rehabilitation of the dam at Glen Miller Lock 3 and erosion control at the lock embankment. Upgrades to operator and public safety will also be undertaken at the site, as well as repairs to the lock.

Project name: Frankford Dam 6 Rehabilitation
Location: Frankford, Quinte West, ON
Project description: Frankford Dam 6 will undergo an investigation and rehabilitation with the objective of improving dam safety and infrastructure condition.  Measures will be investigated to increase discharge capacity and protect and enhance earth embankments at the site. Additional measures will also be taken to improve the public safety and operational elements of this dam.

Project name: Meyers Dam 8 Rehabilitation
Location: Trent Hills, ON
Project description: The operational effectiveness and water management capabilities of Meyers Dam 8 will be improved. Stop log sluices will be mechanized and structural repairs will be completed.

Project name: Hagues Reach Dam 9 Rehabilitation
Location: Trent Hills, ON
Project description: The operational effectiveness and water management capabilities of Dam 9 at Hagues Reach will be improved. Stop log sluices will be mechanized, access improvements will be made to the site and miscellaneous concrete repairs will be completed as required.

Project name: Ranney Falls Lock and Dam Rehabilitation
Location: Campbellford, Quinte West, ON
Project description: Separate projects at this site will lead to many improvements in the coming years. Project work includes the replacement of the gate hinges on the steel gates and the review and evaluation of valves at the flight lock, which will lead to a recommendation of their rehabilitation or replacement. The water flow capacity of Dam 10 at Ranney Falls will be assessed and improvements will be made.

Project name: Campbellford Dam and Lock Rehabilitation
Location: Campbellford, Trent Hills, ON
Project description: This project will include the rehabilitation and mechanization of the Campbellford Dam as well as repairs to the approach walls and embankments at Lock 13.  Additionally, public safety measures will be enhanced at this site.

Project name: Crowe Bay Dam 12 and Lock 14 Rehabilitation
Location: Campbellford, Trent Hills, ON
Project description: This project will involve repairs to the dam as well as the embankments and the locks. Additionally, improvements will be made to the work access bridge to the site.

Project name: Southern Sector Concrete Rehabilitation
Location: Quinte West and Trent Hills, ON
Project description: Concrete repairs are required on various dams, walls and other concrete structures.

Trent-Severn Waterway Central Bundle

Project name: Scotts Mills Dam at Lock 19 Replacement
Location: Peterborough, ON
Project description: This project will include the design and construction of a new dam, complete with mechanized steel gates. The new dam will improve water management capability on the Otonabee River, and improve visitor and operator safety at the dam site.

Project name: Peterborough Earth Dams Rehabilitation
Location: Peterborough, ON
Project description: Earth embankment dams in Peterborough have been identified for rehabilitation or upgrades that may include repairs to washouts, removal of vegetation undermining their strength, and height increases.

Project name: Nassau Guard Gate Replacement
Location: Peterborough, ON
Project description: The Nassau Guard Gate at the top of the canal through Peterborough is 70 years old and currently inoperable. Through this project, it will be replaced to serve as a protective feature to manage high water events in the Peterborough area.

Project name: Nassau Dam at Lock 22 Replacement
Location: Peterborough, ON
Project description: This project will include the design and construction of a new dam, complete with mechanized steel gates. The new dam will enhance water management capabilities on the Otonabee River, and improve visitor and operator safety at the dam site.

Project name: Otonabee Dam at Lock 23 Replacement
Location: Peterborough, ON
Project description: This project will include the design and construction of a new dam, complete with mechanized steel gates. The new dam will enhance water management capabilities on the Otonabee River, and improve visitor and operator safety at the dam site.

Project name: Douro Dam at Lock 24 Replacement
Location: Selwyn, ON
Project description: This project will include the design and construction of a new dam, complete with mechanized steel gates. The new dam will enhance water management capabilities on the Otonabee River, and improve visitor and operator safety at the dam site.

Project name: Sawer Creek Dam at Lock 25 Replacement
Location: Selwyn, ON
Project description: This project will include the design and construction of a new dam, complete with mechanized steel gates. The new dam will enhance water management capabilities on the Otonabee River, and improve visitor and operator safety at the dam site.

Project name: Burleigh Falls Dam at Lock 28 Replacement
Location: Selwyn, ON
Project description:  The Burleigh Falls Dam at Lock 28, originally built in 1912, will be replaced with a new dam with mechanized gates. Additionally, operator and public safety features will be added to the site.

Trent-Severn Waterway Kirkfield Bundle

Project name: Dam at Lock 38 Rehabilitation
Location: Ramara Township, ON
Project description: This project will determine whether the dam is to be rebuilt or rehabilitated, which will be followed by the recommended work.

Project name: Talbot Dam Rehabilitation
Location: Brock and Ramara Townships, ON
Project description: This project will determine whether the dam is to be rebuilt or rehabilitated, which will be followed by the recommended work.

Project name: Talbot Earth Dam Repairs
Location: Brock and Ramara Townships, ON
Project description: Earth embankment dams across the watershed have been identified for rehabilitation or upgrades that may include repairs to washouts, removal of vegetation undermining their strength, and height increases. The Talbot earth dams are located along the navigation channel between the Talbot Dam near Lock 39, and Lock 41, near Gamebridge.

Project name: Concrete Rehabilitation, Locks 37 - 43
Location: Brock Township, ON
Project description: Concrete repairs are required on various dams, walls, and other concrete structures along the Trent-Severn Waterway. This project includes the locks and approach walls at Locks 37-43. 

Trent-Severn Waterway Northern Bundle

Project name: Rehabilitation and/or reconstruction of Port Severn Dams and Bridges
Location: Port Severn, ON
Project description: The project scope entails a comprehensive rehabilitation or reconstruction of many of the dams and associated assets within the TSW Northern Sector in the Port Severn Area.

Project name: Rehabilitation and/or reconstruction of Northern Area Dams
Project description: The project scope entails a comprehensive rehabilitation or reconstruction of dams and associated assets within the Trent-Severn Waterway Northern Sector in the Six Mile Lake region.


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