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Bridges to get security inspections

FREDERICTON, N.B. -- Two New Brunswick bridges will be given security inspections this spring to assess their vulne...


FREDERICTON, N.B. — Two New Brunswick bridges will be given security inspections this spring to assess their vulnerability in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

The J.C. Van Horne Bridge, connecting Campbellton to Pointe–la-Croix, Que., and the Confederation Bridge, linking New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island, are among 14 federal bridges that will be inspected between March and July.

“After the Sept. 11 events, we’re looking at the security of all Canada’s transport infrastructure,” says Suzanne Quinn, a Transport Canada official.

“We want to reduce or eliminate any deficiencies that may exist in the inspected locations. . . We’re doing an evaluation of these bridges because they’re major transport links.”

Other bridges to be scrutinized for security concerns include those connecting to the island of Montreal, bridges in Ottawa and the international bridge at Cornwall, Ont.

Inspectors will check the bridges’ structural strength and resistance to impact.

The bridges are to be examined from top to bottom over the next few months.


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