Beginning May 1, Northumberland County will be replacing the expansion joints on the Campbellford Bridge on Bridge Street (County Road 8). This work will require nightly bridge closures for the month of May.
The Campbellford Bridge is a vital community link servicing residents and other traffic travelling through Campbellford and across the Trent River/Trent-Severn Waterway. The County will be replacing the bridge expansion joints to prevent damage to the bridge, reduce traffic noise, and ensure a smooth transition for vehicles crossing the bridge.
“While the Campbellford Bridge remains safe to use, it’s important to replace the expansion, to reduce traffic noise and prevent further damage,” explained Denise Marshall, Director of Public Works.
The expansion joint replacement project will begin May 1 and run for approximately four weeks. During construction, the Campbellford Bridge will be closed nightly to traffic from 7:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m.
“Undertaking the work during the nighttime will help limit the overall impact to residents and businesses during the day,” advised Marshall. “Nightly closures were the best option for the community to work during low traffic periods overnight.”
During the nightly bridge closures, traffic will be redirected northward through Healy Falls, Crowe River Bridge and Petherick’s Corners, using a combination of Northumberland County roads and Municipality of Trent Hills roads. While the bridge will be closed to vehicle traffic at night, one sidewalk will remain open to pedestrians, and construction crews will have provisions in place to temporarily reopen one lane for use by emergency services vehicles as necessary.
Expansion joints, at either end of the bridge, provide a gap allowing the bridge to expand and contract with temperature changes. Rubber seals in the joints prevent water infiltration and steel in the joint assemblies helps protect the concrete bridge deck ends from damage caused by vehicles. Expansion joint assemblies deteriorate over time due to the impacts of traffic and weather.
Depending on conditions, expansion joints are typically replaced every 15 to 30 years.
With new joints installed, nearby residents will notice a reduction in noise and motorists will benefit from a smooth transition with minimal vehicle vibration, protecting the bridge from future damage.
For more information, please visit Northumberland.ca/ CampbellfordBridgeRepairs