LATCHFORD, Ont. — Truck and car traffic is moving across the Montreal River on Highway 11 again, with the opening of a temporary bridge yesterday.
The Ministry of Transportation (MTO) opened a single-lane, traffic light-controlled bailey bridge and causeway at noon yesterday, ahead of schedule. Crews worked around the clock to build the bridge and causeway following the partial collapse of the Sergeant Aubrey Cosens Memorial Bridge on Jan. 14.
The river crossing was closed to both north- and southbound traffic for almost two weeks, forcing transports and cars to detour around the area through part of Quebec.
The temporary single-lane bridge and causeway will be removed in the spring because of increased waterflow from spring runoff. The MTO plans to build a longer, two-lane modular bridge in its place. That bridge will remain for the duration until the Cosens bridge is repaired, which could take several months.
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