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Wednesday, May 29, 2024

UPDATE on Nipigon Bridge Failure

Because of the bitter cold, the bridge surface had twisted, leaving one side of the bridge raised up about 30 centimetres. Over night, engineers determined that by piling large cement barriers on top of the raised up portion, they could untwist the bridge.

These cement barriers each weigh about 9,000 pounds and it appears they’ve piled about fifteen or twenty of these barriers on the highest point of the twist.

These same engineers that built the bridge suggest this is safe and now have allowed one lane of the bridge to re-open to deal with the backlog of traffic, mostly trucks. OPP are controlling the traffic, alternating the direction of travel so both direction are being served.

Until this bottleneck is alleviated this is a good spot to avoid.