Supreme Court To Rule on James Street Bridge Case

Fort William First Nation News

The James Street Bridge remains closed to train, vehicle and pedestrian traffic
The James Street Bridge remains closed to vehicle traffic

THUNDER BAY – FORT WILLIAM FIRST NATION – The Supreme Court of Canada is likely to release a ruling this week on the ongoing legal battle between the City of Thunder Bay and the Canadian National Railway.

The James Street Bridge has been closed to vehicle traffic since an October 30, 2013 fire damaged the bridge. The ongoing situation has been through the courts several times with the railway losing each time.

The Ontario Courts ruled that the bridge is to be re-opened but CN Rail appealed that decision.

The impact of the bridge being closed has impacted fire, ambulance and policing response to Fort William First Nation and had a serious impact on business in Westfort, as traffic has been detoured to Highway 61, and away from Westfort.


Fort William First Nation is not a part of the ongoing court action, which is between the railway and the City of Thunder Bay.

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