Permanent closure of the detached trail bridge, Smiths Falls

Parks Canada Rail Bridge Smiths Falls
Photo credit: Screenshot from Daniel Brennan Youtube video
Posted on: January 26, 2023

The Detached Trail Bridge located in Smiths Falls will be closed to all vehicular and pedestrian usage, effective immediately.

The Detached Trail Bridge is a decommissioned railway bridge structure constructed in 1910 that spans the Rideau River. After the railway line ceased operation in 1996, the bridge was assumed by Parks Canada as the abutments are on Canal Reserve Lands.

A detailed inspection of the Bridge has found that the concrete abutments are in poor condition.  This, combined with the significant gap between the decking and the steel girders, represent a significant safety concern for motorized and pedestrian traffic.

Trail users can make use of the approved trail link on Abbott Street North which maintains a direct connection to the pre-existing trail network while eliminating the hazards associated with the water crossing.    

In the near future, barricades and fencing will be installed to close access to the bridge. In the meantime, Parks Canada asks that the public proactively refrains from using the structure.

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Hometown News
Author: Hometown News

7 thoughts on “Permanent closure of the detached trail bridge, Smiths Falls

  1. Stew Player

    Your photo in the article is of the wrong bridge, and the CN rail line was decommissioned in 1980

  2. Ken Clupp

    Can’t wait to see more ugly barricades and fences. Should really enhance the town’s appeal to tourists.

  3. Rian Manson

    I just want to let you know there is an error in your report. The 5-span bridge and Scherzer Bascule Lift Bridge were constructed in the Fall of 1912 (Rideau Record September 20, 1912)

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