Temporary bridge to be built over Montreal River

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LATCHFORD, Ont. — The province is starting construction of a temporary bridge to get Hwy. 11 traffic across the Montreal River following a bridge collapse last week.

A temporary, single-lane bridge is being built east of the existing Sergeant Aubrey Cosens Memorial Bridge, which collapsed Jan. 14 when supports between the deck and the bridge arch gave way. Highway 11 is currently closed at the river crossing.

The temporary 50-metre bridge and a 60-metre causeway is expected to open within two weeks. Until the bridge opens, Hwy. 11 traffic is being detoured through part of Quebec.

The temporary bridge will have to be removed in the spring because of spring thaw runoff, so the province is also planning to build a longer, two-lane modular bridge that will get traffic over the Montreal River while the Aubrey Cosens bridge is repaired.

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