The Nipigon River Bridge is sealed “for an unfixed time due to automatic issues,” a Ontario Provincial Police reported Sunday. The overpass — about 60 miles easterly of Thunder Bay — falls during a chokepoint on a Trans-Canada Highway; there’s no swap track in Canada to road around a bridge.
“My initial suspicion was, Canada is cut in half,” Nipigon Mayor Richard Harvey told a Thunder Bay news website tbnewswatch.com.
Trucks and other cross-Canada trade will have to wait for a overpass to free — or road by a U.S., and presumably by Duluth, to get from Thunder Bay, Winnipeg and points west to Sault Ste. Marie and points east.
Harvey told a CBC on Sunday that lorry trade already was subsidy adult in a area, and village centers were being non-stop to residence stranded drivers.
A automatic disaster of some kind caused partial of a overpass to arise about dual feet on Sunday afternoon, tbnewswatch reported. Temperatures during a time were in a singular digits above zero. Engineers were during a stage late Sunday to consider a situation.
Half of a lanes of a new, $106 million overpass non-stop to trade in November, as work on a other lanes continues and dispersion of a aged overpass was set to get underway. It was not immediately transparent if a aged overpass could be reopened temporarily, tbnewswatch reported — or how prolonged it might take to correct a new span.