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Fate of Beaver River Bridge hangs in balance

The Beaver River Bridge has been deemed unsafe and has been closed while the Ministry of Transportation Ontario (MTO) works out if it can be partially reopened.

Though the bridge is located in the Township of Brock, it is managed by the MTO.

In November 2023, due to concerns with the condition of the bridge, ministry engineers recommended the bridge be closed to traffic while a thorough structural assessment was carried out, the MTO said earlier this month.

“The structural assessment and Bridge Load Testing have now been completed and unfortunately, the rebeaver riversults do not support a full reopening of the bridge,” it said.

The ministry said it is in consultation with Durham Region, and is currently reviewing whether there are any feasible options to partially reopen the bridge with load and vehicular restrictions in place. The ministry is also in discussion with Durham Region on how best to accelerate the work required to replace the bridge.

“We appreciate your continued patience as we work through this matter and apologize for the inconvenience to the local residents,” said an MTO statement.

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