Alert: Nipigon River Bridge Failure Impacts Major Canadian Truck Artery

Artery severed

Every day approximately 1,300 trucks cross the Nipigon River Bridge carrying an estimated $100 million worth of goods, according to the Ontario Trucking Association. On Sunday bolts holding the bridge deck sheared resulting in the bridge heaving upwards. The bridge was shut down.

Engineers brought in concrete ballast to balance the bridge and the bridge has been partially reopened in one lane. There is an approximate 20 minute wait for a commercial vehicle to wait their turn to cross and certain restrictions may apply.

An alternative route through the U.S. will add on at least three hours drive time to a trip.

There is talk of possibly using an alternative logging route.

If your trucks are running on the Trans-Canada Highway, expect possible delays.

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