Public Notice: Notice of Study Commencement for Confederation Drive river crossing

Jan. 20, 2022

Notice of Study Commencement for Confederation Drive crossing

The Project

The Town of Smiths Falls is conducting a review of a bridge to address its advanced state of deterioration. The Confederation Drive River Crossing is located within the Town of Smiths Falls and is illustrated on the key plan below. Confederation Drive River Crossing is located on Confederation Drive over the Rideau Canal and can be accessed from Confederation Drive, that leads to Centennial Park or Canal Street off Highway 15 (Beckwith Street South), at Veterans’ Memorial Park (Cenotaph) and the Smiths Falls Combined Lockstation Lock 29a.

Confederation Drive River Crossing is a single lane, twin span Warren type pony truss with a pedestrian pathway on the upstream side over the Rideau Canal that was constructed circa 1904. At this time, due to poor condition, Confederation Drive River Crossing is closed for public use.

The Study Process

The study is being conducted in accordance with Schedule B of the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (EA) (October 2000, as amended) process. This notice signals the commencement of the Class EA. The study will confirm and document the existing structural deficiencies and identify alternative solutions, including rehabilitation or replacement of the structure. The environmental impacts of each alternative will be evaluated and in consultation with the public and external agencies, a technically preferred alternative will be selected.

How to Participate
A key component of this study is public and agency consultation. An Online Public Information Centre is planned for early spring of 2022 and will be held to present the study findings and obtain public input. Details of the Online Public Information Centre will be advertised in The Smiths Falls Record News, the Town of Smiths Falls Facebook page, and on closer to the date under a separate notice.

We Want to Hear from You!
Public input and comments will be considered in developing the preferred design alternative. If you have any questions or comments regarding the study, or would like to be included on the mailing list to receive future notices and study updates, please contact one of the Project Team members below:

Paul McMunn
Director of Public Works & Utilities
Town of Smiths Falls
77 Beckwith Street North, Smiths Falls K7A 2B8
613-283-4124 x 1152

Lisa Marshall, P. Eng.
Consultant Project Manager
McIntosh Perry Consulting Engineers Ltd.
115 Walgreen Road, R.R. 3, Carp, ON K0A 1L0

Comments submitted to the Town of Smiths Falls for the purpose of providing feedback regarding this Municipal Class Environmental Assessment are collected under the authority of the Environmental Assessment Act. Information will be collected in accordance with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. With the exception of personal information, all comments will become part of the public record. Questions relating to the collection, use and disclosure of this information may be addressed to Paul McMunn, Director of Public Work and Utilities, at 613-283-4124 x1152 or

This notice was first issued on January 20st and 27th, 2022