Warsaw Road swing bridge in Peterborough reduced to one lane on Friday and Saturday

Steel plates for cyclist crossing on Parkhill Road bridge are being removed until spring due to elevated noise levels

The perforated steel plates located on the outer edge of both traffic lanes on Warsaw Road swing bridge on Parkill Road in Peterborough, intended to provide a smooth and safe ride over the bridge for cyclists, are being removed until the spring due to elevanted notice levels when vehicles travel over the bridge. (Photo: Bruce Head / kawarthaNOW)
The perforated steel plates located on the outer edge of both traffic lanes on Warsaw Road swing bridge on Parkill Road in Peterborough, intended to provide a smooth and safe ride over the bridge for cyclists, are being removed until the spring due to elevanted notice levels when vehicles travel over the bridge. (Photo: Bruce Head / kawarthaNOW)

Parks Canada has announced the Warsaw Road swing bridge on Parkhill Road in Peterborough will be reduced to a single lane of traffic between 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday (December 10 and 11),

The lane reduction is necessary to allow for the temporary removal of perforated steel plates for cyclists, located on the outer edge of both traffic lanes on the main bridge deck.

Part of the work to replace the bridge between October 2020 and August 2021 included the installation of the steel plates to provide a smooth and safe ride over the bridge for cyclists.

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However, following the reopening of the bridge, it was discovered that noise levels on the bridge were elevated as a result of the plates vibrating on top of the bridge grating when vehicles travel over them.

The plates will be removed and will be replaced in the spring with new plates that will allow for installation of fasteners to reduce noise levels. Noise from the bridge will not be fully eliminated but rather reduced to levels similar to what existed prior to construction.

Parks Canada is advising cyclists to exercise caution when crossing the bridge until the new plates are installed.

During the plate removal, traffic control will be in place.