Northern Ontario

Nipigon River Bridge – Temporary Repairs Installed, But Why Did Bridge Fail?

Early Saturday morning the work was completed. The primary temporary repairs have been installed and tested. The MTO anticipates that additional short-term closures of 15 minutes or less may still occur throughout the weekend while necessary bridge repairs are undertaken in order to open the bridge to two lanes of traffic by the end of the month. It has taken ...

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The Nipigon River Bridge ‘an architectural masterpiece & engineering nightmare’

Was the building of the Nipigon River Bridge a waste of taxpayer monies in creating a “jewel of the north’. More show than form? Wawa-news has received information from a Professional Engineer who is very familiar with this type of structure, and in fact was the Structural Designer of world’s first Cable Stayed Post-Tensioned Steel Structure – Baxter Labs headquarters in ...

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Kenora OPP – Human Remains Identified as Delaine Copenace

Feb 1, 2018 @ 20:05 On Tuesday March 22, 2016, shortly after ‎8:00 a.m., officers from the Kenora Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to a report of suspected human remains being located at the end of Water Street in Lake of the Woods in the City of Kenora.  The remains were discovered by city employees. The investigation ...

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Gates – Northerners deserve weekly progress reports on Nipigon bridge repairs

Wayne Gates, Ontario NDP Transportation Critic, sent the following open letter to the Minister of Transportation regarding the status of the Nipigon bridge repairs. January 29th, 2016 Honourable Minister of Transportation, Steven Del Duca Ministry of Transportation 77 Wellesley Street West Ferguson Block, 3rd Floor Toronto, ON M7A 1Z8 RE: Minister Del Duca, I am writing this letter in the ...

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Hughes – Failing infrastructure severs vital transportation link

By now we have grown accustomed to the compelling arguments in favour of re-investing in Canada’s crumbling infrastructure, but what are we to make of the damage to the bridge over the Nipigon River which is new and not even fully constructed? In case you missed the story, the bridge failed recently when bolts holding the structure to the western ...

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MTO – Highway 11/17 at Nipigon River Bridge UPDATE

Jan 11, 2016 @ 09:41 – The Ministry of Transportation advises the motoring public that Highway 11/17, at the Nipigon River Bridge is open to single lane traffic.   Safety is our top priority.  Motorists are reminded to obey and follow all traffic signage and flag persons for the safety of both workers and drivers. Please reduce your speed when approaching the bridge ...

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Nipigon OPP – Nipigon River Bridge CLOSED

On January 10, 2016 at approximately 3:15 PM police received a report that the Nipigon River Bridge on Highway 11-17 had lifted, blocking traffic. Police arrived on scene and noted the west side of the bridge had lifted approximately 60 centimetres.  No injuries or vehicle damage occurred as a result of this incident. The bridge is currently closed to vehicle ...

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NDP Joint Statement on Nipigon River Bridge

NDP joint statement on damaged Nipigon River Bridge from Northern Development Critic Michael Mantha, and NDP Transportation Critic Wayne Gates. “The failure of Nipigon River Bridge shows the Liberal government’s mismanagement of Northern Ontario’s roads and highways. The $106 million Nipigon River Bridge has been open for less than two months, and it failed in its first encounter with a ...

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Statement by the Minister of Transportation on Nipigon River Bridge

January 11, 2016 The following statement is from the Hon. Steven Del Duca, Ontario’s Minister of Transportation: “As Ontario’s Minister of Transportation, my number one priority is the safety of all roads and highways in this province. On Sunday afternoon, the OPP closed the Nipigon River Bridge to traffic due to safety concerns. Ministry staff worked through the night to ...

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Bridge Failure will cause Major Transportation Issues in Northern Ontario

  The first half of the new Nipigon River Bridge, Ontario’s first cable-stayed bridge was opened on November 29th, 2015 after 3 years of construction. The completed bridge will feature three towers with cables supporting the bridge deck and a separate sidewalk for pedestrians.   MMM Group Limited designed a four-lane, two-span, composite-cable-stayed bridge for the Highway 11/17 Nipigon River bridge on ...

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Search Continues for Delaine Copenace

Mar 5, 2006 @ 22:18 Ontario Regional Chief Isadore Day along with other First Nation leaders are calling for the public’s assistance in locating missing student Delaine Copenace of Onigaming First Nation, located near Kenora, Ontario. “We are asking the public for help in finding this missing 16-year-old girl whose family is missing her terribly and is worried beyond belief. ...

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