Trans Canada Highway Closed due to Bridge Failure


Mowich
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A newly constructed bridge in northern Ontario has heaved apart, indefinitely closing the Trans-Canada highway — the only road connecting Eastern and Western Canada.

The Nipigon River Bridge has been closed for "an indefinite time due to mechanical issues," according to the Ontario Provincial Police. The bridge remains open to pedestrian traffic.

Steven Del Duca, minister of transportation for Ontario, said in a statement late Sunday the ministry "will do everything they can do to restore the bridge quickly, while also making sure that the safety of the travelling public remains of paramount importance."


Ontario's Nipigon River bridge fails, severing Trans-Canada Highway - Thunder Bay - CBC News


 
Walter
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Too funny. The engineers and contractor should be sued. Global warming indeed.
 
bill barilko
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Quote:

The bridge remains open to pedestrian traffic.

Well that is hardy reassuring since a person would probably freeze to death in the time it took to walk from one side to the other.
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Steven Del Duca, minister of transportation for Ontario, said in a statement late Sunday the ministry "will do everything they can do to restore the bridge quickly, while also making sure that the safety of the travelling public remains of paramount importance."

I see large sheets of heavy plywood in that bridge's future.
 
JLM
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I'm guessing fixing the obvious damage is just the "tip of the iceberg"- they'll probably have to check out the integrity of the entire structure from stem to gudgeon!
 
Locutus
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NIPIGON -- The newly-constructed Nipigon River Bridge has split in the cold, cutting the only transportation link between Eastern and Western Canada.

The Ontario Provincial Police closed Highway 11-17 indefinitely at the bridge at 3:05 p.m. Sunday when bolts holding the girder to the bearing on an expansion joint broke on the bridge's north side.

The split caused the eastern half of the bridge to rise about two feet.

Engineers were on site Sunday evening, braving a windchill cold of -28 C to analyze the extent of the damage.


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Newly constructed Nipigon Bridge splits in cold - Tbnewswatch.com Thunder Bay News

Funny comment on the CBC website regarding the Nipigon Bridge failure:


"Tell trudeau ISIS wants to cross it.... It will be up and running in 2 days!!"
 
Angstrom
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Nice jump.
 
Johnnny
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A nation thats truly divided
 
Tecumsehsbones
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I blame Trudeaubama.
 
B00Mer
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Ontario's Nipigon River bridge fails, severing Trans-Canada Highway



A newly constructed bridge in northern Ontario has heaved apart, indefinitely closing the Trans-Canada highway — the only road connecting Eastern and Western Canada.

The Nipigon River Bridge has been closed for "an indefinite time due to mechanical issues," according to the Ontario Provincial Police. The bridge remains open to pedestrian traffic.

Steven Del Duca, minister of transportation for Ontario, said in a statement late Sunday the ministry "will do everything they can do to restore the bridge quickly, while also making sure that the safety of the travelling public remains of paramount importance."

UPDATE Road Closure: #Nipigon - Nipigon River Bridge is closed indefinitely in both directions for repairs ^jp

— @OPP_COMM_NWR

The west side of the bridge has pulled away from the abutment connecting it to the river bank's edge, lifting up about 60 centimetres.

As a result, police have shut down Highways 11 and 17 at the bridge, which is located about 100 kilometres northeast of Thunder Bay, Ont.



The estimated duration of the closure is "uncertain" with police noting it could be "possibly days."

"It's not just us. It's all of Canada that has a problem right now," Nipigon Mayor Richard Harvey told CBC News. "This is the one place in Canada where there is only one road, one bridge across the country."

Engineers are on site trying to determine what caused the bridge to fail, but "the reality is nobody really knows what happened," said Harvey.

He said transport traffic in the area has backed up and the township is opening up community centres to give anyone stranded a place to stay.



Harvey added that police quickly started to stop people heading out on the Trans-Canada Highway at larger Ontario centres like Sault Ste. Marie, Thunder Bay and Terrace Bay, telling them to turn back or use an alternate route through the U.S.

'Big gust of wind'

Ashley Littlefield, who lives in nearby Dorion, Ont., witnessed the failure Sunday afternoon as she was driving with her husband.



"As we turned [onto the highway], we saw the whole bridge — a kind of big gust of wind came underneath it and blew it up and then it came back down," she said, adding it shifted by about half a metre.

"We watched two pickup trucks come flying over. … They didn't see us, didn't hear my horn honking, and they flew over and smashed their front ends down on the cement."

Littlefield said her husband got out to stop traffic before police arrived about 30 minutes later.

The Ontario municipality of Greenstone, located along Highway 11 northeast of Nipigon, has declared a state of emergency as a result of the closure.

If you're stuck on highway 11/17 in Nipigon, call the Nipigon Community Centre @ 807-887-3585 for emergency lodging. #tbay

— @PattyHajdu

The Nipigon River Bridge is in the midst of a twinning project – a $106-million rebuilding that will see the old structure replaced with two identical, two-lane expanses.

Ontario heralded the opening of the westbound portion of new Nipigon River Bridge – the province's first cable-stayed bridge – in late November. Work on the eastbound lanes continues, and is slated for completion in 2017.



source: Ontario's Nipigon River bridge fails, severing Trans-Canada Highway - Thunder Bay - CBC News

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Well Sunny Ways infrastructure spending has been put on the back burner for looking good on the International stage, 3 billion to foreign nations, Syrian Refugees... NOTHING for Canadians...
 
CDNBear
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We don't have enough threads on this topic.
 
Tecumsehsbones
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Quote: Originally Posted by CDNBear View Post

We don't have enough threads on this topic.

My bad. Sorry. I'll start a couple more.
 
CDNBear
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Can you make them 'officiallier'?
 
Curious Cdn
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It's a big surprise that things like this happen in this day and age of computer simulations. An engineer or two will probably lose their licences after the dust from lawsuits settles.
 
Tecumsehsbones
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Quote: Originally Posted by CDNBear View Post

Can you make them 'officiallier'?

I'll ask mentalfloss for help with that.
 
Johnnny
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Looks like BeardmoreOntario is getting a bit of a population boom
 
DaSleeper
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I wonder if a "Bailey Bridge" could be built like they did in Latchford Ontario when the bridge failed there in 2003
Didn't take too long to set up...
The Latchford Bridge Failure (2003) - History of Ontario's Kings Highways
 
JLM
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Quote: Originally Posted by Curious Cdn View Post

It's a big surprise that things like this happen in this day and age of computer simulations. An engineer or two will probably lose their licences after the dust from lawsuits settles.

It will likely be ruled "an act of God".
 
Kreskin
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For some people everything is political. If a chicken crossed the road there would be mention of Syrian refugees.
 
taxslave
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Quote: Originally Posted by Curious Cdn View Post

It's a big surprise that things like this happen in this day and age of computer simulations. An engineer or two will probably lose their licences after the dust from lawsuits settles.

No surprise at all with engineers and computers.

To err is human.
To really fukup requires
an engineer with a computer.

The real surprise is that the Ontario government is so short sighted as to have only one bridge across the river.

On the bright side it will keep Quebecers out of Canada for a while.
 
petros
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Who built it? SNC?

Quote: Originally Posted by taxslave View Post

On the bright side it will keep Quebecers out of Canada for a while.

Do you know where TBay is in relation to Quebec?
 
taxslave
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Quote: Originally Posted by petros View Post

Who built it? SNC?



Do you know where TBay is in relation to Quebec?

West.
 
JLM
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Quote: Originally Posted by taxslave View Post

No surprise at all with engineers and computers.

To err is human.
To really fukup requires
an engineer with a computer.

The real surprise is that the Ontario government is so short sighted as to have only one bridge across the river.

Isn't a second one under construction?

Quote: Originally Posted by taxslave View Post

West.

A loooooooooooooooooong way! Closer to Manitoba.
 
taxslave
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Quote: Originally Posted by JLM View Post

Isn't a second one under construction?



A loooooooooooooooooong way! Closer to Manitoba.

Hence it will keep Quebecers out of Canada.

You would think that in the last 100 years or so they could have afforded one more bridge.
 
Walter
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Quote: Originally Posted by Kreskin View Post

For some people everything is political.

Everything IS political.
 
Ludlow
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Human error in design. I saw similar situation with a bridge close to Fort Smith where an eighteen wheeler went into the river. Probably take a lot of planning on how to deal with the movement of a rigid structure and the allowance for that. Like a panel in a door that has to float and given room to expend and contract. Without that the door will just bust apart. Over simplifying but not all that different .
 
Walter
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Quote: Originally Posted by Ludlow View Post

Human error in design. I saw similar situation with a bridge close to Fort Smith where an eighteen wheeler went into the river. Probably take a lot of planning on how to deal with the movement of a rigid structure and the allowance for that. Like a panel in a door that has to float and given room to expend and contract. Without that the door will just bust apart. Over simplifying but not all that different .

All well and good but there was a bridge there before so this should not have been an engineering or design problem.
 
Kreskin
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Quote: Originally Posted by Walter View Post

Everything IS political.

Outside of bickering by brain dead pundits very little in life is political.
 
petros
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So why is the center of the universe cut off from the rest of Canada? Can't they afford two lanes? How do they expect to get autoparts to Siam?
 
Ludlow
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Quote: Originally Posted by Walter View Post

All well and good but there was a bridge there before so this should not have been an engineering or design problem.

Obviously there was a point of stress.
 
petros
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Or somebody didn't factor in steel cables shrinking in the cold causing the road bed to lift.