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Two lanes re-open on Nipigon River Bridge after month of delays

Northern Ont. bridge failed Jan. 10, has been operating one lane since

February 25, 2016  by The Canadian Press

TORONTO—Ontario’s Ministry of Transportation says two lanes of a failed bridge on a northern section of the Trans-Canada Highway are expected to open the morning of Feb. 25.

The steel decking on the recently built Nipigon River Bridge lifted about 60 centimetres on Jan. 10, which forced a 24-hour closure that severed the link between east and west.

One lane was re-opened the following day, but has caused about a five-minute delay for cars and trucks to cross the bridge.

Northern Development and Mines Minister Michael Gravelle says the investigation into the cause of the problem on the $106 million bridge project is ongoing.

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He says he will share the results of the investigation when it’s completed.