Bridge on cross-Canada highway splits amid cold weather

Sun Jan 10, 2016 10:05pm EST
 
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TORONTO (Reuters) - A northern Ontario bridge that is part of the Trans-Canada Highway has been closed indefinitely, police said on Sunday, after media reports it split because of extremely cold weather.

The Nipigon River Bridge, a cable-stayed bridge that opened in November, was closed because of "mechanical issues," Ontario Provincial Police said. Twitter images showed a gap splitting the highway.

"My first thought was, Canada is cut in half," Nipigon, Ontario, Mayor Richard Harvey told online news site TB News Watch. "My second thought was, how can we get traffic moving as quickly as possible again?"

Engineers are at the site and heavy-truck traffic is being diverted to the United States, where trucks can bypass the bridge and cross back into Canada to rejoin the Trans-Canada Highway. Community centers have been opened for stranded travelers.

(Reporting by Amran Abocar; Editing by Peter Cooney)