Bridge on Trans Canada out

FAUQUIER, Ont. — If you have any loads headed across the Highway 11 section of the Trans Canada the first week of December, you should know that the bridge that crosses the Groundhog River, just west of the town of Fauquier, will be closed for repairs.

Fauquier’s between Timmins and Kapuskasing — and there’s no detour.

Fauquier’s Clerk-Treasurer Administrator Robert Courchesne says there’s one route around the bridge but it’d be a three or four-hour trip on a very questionable road, so it’s not worth even considering.

Fortunately, the bridge will only be closed for four hours each day, Dec. 1 to Dec. 4.

According to the Ontario Ministry of Transportation (MTO) the bridge sustained damage due to a truck accident in early November and only one lane has been open since. After the repair is done, it’ll be back to two lanes.

Courchesne says that if your truck is headed west and stopped at the bridge, you can grab a coffee in Fauquier, which is home to what might be Canada’s biggest roadside groundhog.

Eastbound drivers in search of refreshments will be forced to go a few miles back to the village of Moonbeam, site of that weird little spaceship.

Cooling your heels in Fauquier? Visit the groundhog.

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