The Ministry of Transportation (MTO) is in the process of completing the detailed design and environmental assessment for the rehabilitation of the docks at the Howe Island County Ferry. The Howe Island County Ferry is owned by the MTO and operated by Frontenac County. The locations of the docks are shown in the map below.
Source: Howe Island County Ferry: Repair Strategy Report, McIntosh Perry Consulting Engineers Ltd., June 2014
- Removal and replacement of deteriorated timber
- Removal of steel plates and installation of rubber bumpers
- Replacement of rock fill in cribs
- Repair of damaged concrete on crib deck
The environmental assessment is being conducted as a Group ‘C’ undertaking in accordance with the ‘Class Environmental Assessment (EA) for Provincial Transportation Facilities’. The assessment includes evaluating impacts of the undertaking on the study area environment (natural and socio-economic) and determining the required mitigation measures.
In order to minimize impacts to the travelling public, the work will be undertaken through a series of up to 24 night time construction periods between September 21 and October 30, 2015. During these night time construction periods, the County Ferry will not operate. The Township of Frontenac Islands’ Foot Ferry, located at the eastern end of Bateau Channel, will operate over night to compensate for these closures. Some work on the County docks will be undertaken during the day; however this will not impact the operation of the ferry. No work will be performed over the Thanksgiving weekend (Friday, October 9th at noon to Monday, October 12th).