I drove past these guys doing the repairs on the lock on Saturday and was fascinated by the work and the engineering that they are completing. It truly is amazing. I did not have my camera with me so I made a point of going back. I am looking forward to keeping an eye on their progress and the finished product.
This is the explanation what is happening on the locks from the Parks Canada website.
Lakefield Lock 26 Concrete Repairs
In early December 2016, Parks Canada began concrete repairs at Lakefield Lock 26 on the Trent-Severn Waterway. This work will include repairs to the lower lock approach walls and to the concrete in the lock chamber.
Contractors began by removing vegetation on the west side of the lock to prepare the site for the installation of a temporary cofferdam. The cofferdam is a watertight enclosure built in the waterway to create a dry work space for the completion of the project.
Once the cofferdam is in place, the lower west approach wall will be demolished and reconstructed with concrete. Additionally, the decks around the locks will be widened for pedestrian and staff safety. This work will maintain the structural integrity of the locks and ensure the public may enjoy them for years to come. The project will be completed by May, in time to welcome boaters once again on the Victoria Day weekend in celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary celebration.
This project is part of Parks Canada’s unprecedented $3 billion dollar investment over 5 years to support infrastructure work to heritage, visitor, waterway and highway assets located within national historic sites, national parks, and national marine conservation areas across Canada. These historic investments will mitigate health and safety risks, halt the loss of nationally significant built heritage and stimulate the economy in communities across the country