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Central Bridge Reconstruction Project

The replacement of the Central Bridge is a multi-faceted project which involves many components requiring synchronization in terms of both work and timing in order to allow the project to proceed.  The components of the project include the following which will be completed over three years:

  • Rehabilitation of Gillies bridge
  • Installation of a watermain crossing at McArthur Island
  • Safety improvements for pedestrian access at Mill Street
  • Utility (natural gas, water and communications) relocations
  • Replacement of Central Bridge  
  • Reconstruction of Bell Street
  • Review of treatment options for storm sewer adjacent to Central Bridge

All updates related to the project will be posted to this page. Please use the menu below to jump to a specific section:

Public Open House - September 16th, 2020

A Public Open House has been scheduled to present the status of the current design for the Reconstruction of Bridge Street, and to continue to facilitate coordination between the project team and interested residents and businesses. The event will be held as an informal “Open House” with materials pertaining to the Project on display, and members of the project team on hand to answer questions and discuss issues related to the project.

Public Open House
Date: Wednesday, September 16th, 2020
Time: 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Location: Small Upper Hall – Neelin Community Centre (75 Street, Carleton Place, ON)

COVID-19 measures will be in place for this open house. The number of people in the hall at one time will be restricted in accordance with provincial legislation. Face coverings will be required at all times inside the hall.

Presentation materials are now available on the Town’s website for advance viewing and the provision of comments for those not able to attend the Public Open House. See here for PDF version of the presentation.

Please provide your comments on the material presented by completing a comment sheet and submitting it to one of the Project Team members below by September 23rd, 2020.

Town of Carleton Place
Dave Young, Project Manager
Tel: 613-257-6249
E-mail: dyoung@carletonplace.ca

R.V. Anderson Associates Limited
David O’Sullivan, P.Eng, PMP, Project Manager
Tel: 416-497-8600
E-mail: dosullivan@rvanderson.com


1st Round Tender Results

Summary: At the June 30th meeting, Council was presented with the results of the tendering process for PW1-2020 – New McArthur Island Watermain Crossing, Gilles Bridge Rehabilitation, and Mill St. Pedestrian Connection Improvements. The tender included:

  • The installation of a new watermain from Princess St. to Rosamond St, that will cross the Mississippi River by having insulated pipe attached to the Gilles and Mill St. Bridges
  • Rehabilitation of steel girders and concrete abutments and replacement of deteriorated bearings, along with other minor repairs of the Gilles Bridge
  • The installation of a pedestrian pathway along Mill Street from the OVRT to Judson Street

Although there were numerous plan takers for this tender posting, the Town only received one bid for the project which was $1,666,724.99 over the Town’s budget of $1,613,000. The works associated with this project need to be completed in advance of undertaking the Central Bridge Project. Staff felt that the best approach would to be to defer this project, incorporate Bell Street back into the tender package for completion in 2021, and commence construction on the Central Bridge and Bridge Street in 2022. Council agreed to reject the bid received in response to Tender PW1-2020 due to budgetary constraints and directed staff to consult with the Bridge Street Stakeholder Committee prior to reissuing the tender with the incorporation of Bell Street.

Full Tender Results Update

Central Bridge and Bridge Street Reconstruction Q&A

Dave Young, Director of Public Works and Kate Murray, BIA Coordinator, answer key questions and provide valuable information in a Zoom chat regarding the upcoming reconstruction project. The discussion can be viewed on the Town’s Facebook page.

Town Receives Infrastructure Funding For Central Bridge

Carleton Place is celebrating the recent announcement by the Honourable Laurie Scott, Minister of Infrastructure of $4,166,500 in combined federal/provincial funding for the replacement of the Town’s Central Bridge under the Rural and Northern funding stream of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (CIP).  This $30 billion infrastructure funding program, focussing on roads and bridges, air and marine infrastructure, provides funding to municipal governments and indigenous communities with a population less than 100,000 of which there are about 500 in Ontario.

Full Funding Announcement

Central Bridge Design

Full Public Consultation Document

Detour Options

Preferred Design Concept Drawings

The Central Bridge, located on Bridge Street in downtown Carleton Place, is the central link across the Mississippi River. The bridge was constructed in 1928 and rehabilitated in 1983. Recent inspections of the bridge identified structural deficiencies and insufficient load carrying capacity. 

The Town of Carleton Place is considering options to replace the Central Bridge to address the identified structural deficiencies and to serve the Town for years to come. The project works will also include consideration for additional pedestrian facilities and repairs to Gillies Bridge, and potential widening of the other single lane bridge to McArthur Island further to the east, with relocation of utilities undertaken as required. 

The project is being completed as a Schedule “C” project in accordance with the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (October 2000, amended in 2007, 2011 & 2015). As such, extensive public and technical agency consultation will play a key role in developing the study recommendations. Preliminary project information and planning alternatives were presented at the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Public Consultation Centres.