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March 29, 2018

$650,000 grant for Fort Irwin bridge

By Mark Arike Haliburton Highlander Newspaper - Tuesday March 29, 2016:

It appears the fourth time’s a charm for Dysart et al. The municipality recently learned it will receive a $650,000 grant to rehabilitate the Oblong Lake Narrows Bridge in Fort Irwin. The money is coming from the Ontario Community Infrastructure Fund. Dysart has been unsuccessful in its three previous attempts to secure funding. “It’s the only bridge in and out, outside of Haliburton Lake,” said Rob Camelon, public works director, in an interview. “If they lose that bridge, it’s pretty hurtful.” Dysart Mayor Murray Fearrey estimates there are 500 cottages in the area. The bridge’s entire deck will be replaced and a new guide rail installed, said Camelon. The total cost will be about $739,000, with the municipality covering 10 per cent. The plan is start construction the second week of July and finish midOctober. A weight restriction, which is currently posted, will remain in effect. A single lane will be open for traffic and traffic lights will be used, said Camelon. All bridges in Haliburton are inspected every two years. Tulloch Engineering did the last inspection in 2016. This time, the company applied for the grant instead of the municipality. A tender for the project closes next week.

May 12, 2016

Parks Canada update regarding the Oblong Dam

Dear Cottagers & Residents

A quick update from Parks Canada regarding the Oblong Dam.

Concrete Testing at Oblong Lake Dam
Trent-Severn Waterway National Historic Site

Peterborough (Ontario), May 12, 2016 –Beginning May 13rd, 2016, Parks Canada will have a team at the Oblong Lake Dam near Fort Irwin, Ontario in order to conduct routine tests on the concrete.  These tests will take place intermittently over the next week.

As the testing will require some drilling, residents may notice brief periods of additional noise in and around the dam site.
This work is part of the project to rehabilitate dams, walls, and other concrete structures throughout the Haliburton sector that was announced in June 2015.
Through investments in infrastructure, Parks Canada is protecting and preserving our treasured places, while supporting local economies, contributing to growth in the tourism sector, and enhancing the charm and attractiveness of Canada’s heritage sites.

For up-to-date news on infrastructure work along the Trent Severn Waterway, please visit or


Darryl Whitehead
External Relations Manager
Ontario Waterways
Parks Canada

February 19, 2016

CEWF Update on the Parks Canada Capital Program 2016

In the summer of 2015, the government announced a major capital program to refurbish and replace capital assets in the Trent Severn Waterway including in the reservoir lakes. CEWF reported this announcement in detail on our website and at our September 2015 annual meeting. (For details on the announced funding see link posted on the CEWF website ( on June 19, 2015)

The purpose of this report is to bring our lake association members up to date on the progress being made on the capital program in the reservoir lakes area based on CEWF’s ongoing communication with Parks Canada (TSW) officials.

Other projects that are expected to be undertaken in the next 5 years include repairs to Oblong dam.

February 14, 2016

2016 HLCA Web Refresh


Towards the end of 2015 the HLCA Board decided it was time to refresh our website. It’s not about building a better mousetrap but rather making it easier for people to interact with and stay informed on what’s happening on the lake. HLCA would like to thank Tom Whitaker who hosted HLCA website for the past few years.

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