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Bridge collapses forcing detours

LATCHFORD, Ont. - Truckers taking the northern route to the West are being forced to detour following a Hwy. 11 bridge collapse that happened Jan. 14 and may mean detours will be in place for several ...


LATCHFORD, Ont. – Truckers taking the northern route to the West are being forced to detour following a Hwy. 11 bridge collapse that happened Jan. 14 and may mean detours will be in place for several months.

The Sergeant Aubrey Cosens Memorial Bridge over the Montreal River collapsed when three poles that connect the bridge deck to the cantilever, popped out.

It’s believed that recent -30 C deep-freeze temperatures are the culprit. The bridge, named after a World War II Victoria Cross winner, is on Hwy. 11 about 135 km north of North Bay.

The collapse means traffic on Hwy. 11 between North Bay and New Liskeard will have to detour through Quebec.

The MTO is assessing the severity of damage to the bridge and looking into constructing a temporary bridge while repairs are made.

A ministry spokesperson says repairs could take up to a year.

In the meantime, the MTO is suggesting these detours:

From Ottawa

Hwy. 533 or 63 to Quebec Hwy 101, then Hwy. 65 to New Liskeard

From Toronto

Hwy. 400 to Hwy. 69 to Hwy. 144

From North Bay

Hwy. 63 to Quebec Hwy. 101 to Hwy. 65

From Thunder Bay, Kapuskasing, Hearst and other northern points:

Hwy. 655 South, then Hwy 144 to Hwy. 69 to Hwy. 400 South.


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