Gatineau Park Gets Major Overhaul


This is a release from the National Capital Commission:

The section of the Gatineau Parkway north of Chemin du Lac-Meech will be closed starting Monday, June 15, 2015

Canada’s Capital Region — Plan ahead when travelling through Gatineau Park this summer. The National Capital Commission (NCC) will be starting major infrastructure renewal work on Monday, June 15, 2015.

The work will help to ensure the Park’s sustainability, as well as its ability to accommodate the 2.7 million visits it receives each year. The following work will require the closure of some parkway sections and trails in Gatineau Park until the fall of 2015.

Cleaning and replacement of culverts on the Gatineau Parkway, between parking lots P8 and P9

Section closed at all times to motorists, cyclists and pedestrians from June 15 to mid-September 2015. Users will need to use the Park’s other parkways, as there will be no detour in place.

Once the work is completed, the culverts will ensure proper drainage of surface waters in the area.

Replacement of the pedestrian bridge on the Sugarbush Trail, near the Gatineau Park Visitor Centre

This pedestrian bridge will be closed to users at all times, from the end of June to the end of August 2015. Users are invited to use the Park’s other trails, as there will be no detour in place.

This project includes the installation of a new universally accessible pedestrian bridge.

Luskville Falls Trail rehabilitation

The Luskville Falls Trail will be closed to the public from mid-July to the end of September 2015. As there will be no detour in place, users are invited to use the Park’s other trails.

This project will resolve erosion issues in order to better protect the sensitive ecosystems of the Eardley Escarpment.

Trail 5: Culvert replacement

A 700-metre section at the north end of parking lot P3 is currently closed to users until the end of August 2015. A detour is in place near the construction zone.

Once completed, this project will improve user comfort and safety on the trail.

Work on the dam at Denison Lake (Leamy Creek)

This dam is located at the intersection of trail 5 and Chemin de la Mine. The trail will remain accessible while the work is being done.

Once completed, this project will ensure the dam’s proper operation.

Gatineau Parkway shoulder repair, near Pink Lake on Dunlop Road

The repair work will take place in July and August 2015. Motorists and cyclists will be able to use the parkway during the repairs.

These repairs will resolve erosion issues and help to reduce deterioration of the parkway.

The NCC will provide regular updates on its website, and Twitter and Facebook accounts to keep the public and Gatineau Park users informed about the impact of the ongoing work.

These Gatineau Park infrastructure improvement and renewal projects complement the projects undertaken last fall: the replacement of the pedestrian bridge at the Old Chelsea Picnic Area, the installation of the new bridge over Chartrand Creek in the Pontiac sector of the Park, and the construction of the new day shelter at Renaud Lake.

Access to Visitor Centre: Summer 2015

Construction work is under way in the Municipality of Chelsea, and will continue until October 2015. To get to the Gatineau Park Visitor Centre, located at 33 Scott Road, Chelsea, or to access Gatineau Park through Chelsea, the public is asked to use exit 13 (Tenaga/Old Chelsea) on Highway 5, and then go south on Scott Road.

For more information about road closures, or to get the most up-to-date information, please visit the Municipality of Chelseawebsite.

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