Nipigon River Bridge Failure More Work Needed – Minister Gravelle

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Minister Michael Gravelle with Mayor Richard Harvey
Minister Michael Gravelle with Mayor Richard Harvey

The Nipigon Bridge has heaved and is now closed pending inspection from engineers
The Nipigon Bridge has heaved and was now closed pending inspection from engineers on January 11th.

THUNDER BAY – “Like everyone else, I am very keen to know the reason for the Nipigon Bridge failure this past January,” states Minister Michael Gravelle, the MPP for Thunder Bay-Superior North.

“However, while the two research firms provided some information on the bridge failure to the Ministry of Transportation, they did not provide conclusive and detailed information on exactly what caused the failure,” shared Gravelle. “More work needs to be done to provide the full picture of what happened”.

The Nipigon River Bridge was closed after heaving on January 11th, this caused the closure of the bridge to traffic. The bridge fully re-opened to traffic on February 25th.

At that time, Minister Gravelle said, “Our government’s priority has always been the safety of the public. The investigation into the cause of the January 11th incident is ongoing. I look forward to sharing the results of the investigation as soon as possible. We encourage drivers to continue to exercise caution and obey all signs while travelling through the construction zone”.

The Minister of Transportation, has been working with Minister Gravelle toward getting more information to the public.

“From the moment this incident happened, I have been adamant that the public should have full, accurate and complete information when it becomes available. At that point, I am committed to seeing that it is made public. Having said that, I am very grateful that Transportation Minister Del Duca has been so transparent about the information provided to him so far.  I’m looking forward to receiving the final report as soon as possible,” concluded Gravelle.

Hatch Mott MacDonald is providing construction administration and technical oversight of the new Nipigon River Bridge, Ontario-s first cable-stayed bridge. Located along the TransCanada Highway east of Thunder Bay, the $106 million bridge is scheduled to open in the near future. (CNW Group/HATCH)
Hatch Mott MacDonald is providing construction administration and technical oversight of the new Nipigon River Bridge, Ontario-s first cable-stayed bridge. Located along the TransCanada Highway east of Thunder Bay, the $106 million bridge is scheduled to open in the near future. (CNW Group/HATCH)