Trans-Canada Highway route severed in Ontario after bridge damaged

A bridge in northern Ontario has split apart, causing a major segment of the Trans-Canada Highway to be shut down "indefinitely.

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Ontario Province Police say that they received a report Sunday afternoon that the Nipigon River Bridge on Highway 11-17 -- roughly 120 kilometres northeast of Thunder Bay, Ont. -- had "lifted" and was blocking traffic.

When authorities arrived at the scene they found that the west side of the bridge was jutting about 60 centimetres above the road, OPP said.

No one was injured, and no vehicles were damaged as a result of the incident.

The OPP tweeted earlier Sunday that the bridge has been closed "indefinitely" in both directions for repairs.

ROAD CLOSURE: #Nipigon - #Hwy17 at Nipigon Bridge is closed in both directions for repairs. Reopening time unknown ^jp

— OPPCommunicationsNWR (@OPP_COMM_NWR) January 10, 2016

However, the crossing remains open to pedestrian traffic.

Highway 17 is the primary route of the Trans-Canada Highway through Ontario, which is the only road that connects Eastern and Western Canada.

Nipigon Mayor Richard Harvey told The Canadian Press that engineers are working to determine extent of the damage and its cause.

He added that it's not clear when the crossing will reopen, and the main alternative to the route involves a long detour through the U.S.

The Nipigon River Bridge has recently undergone construction to add two new lanes. The project was completed in November.

In response to the closure, the nearby town of Greenstone has declared a state of emergency.

Patty Hajdu, MP for Thunder Bay-Superior North urged locals stranded by the bridge closure to call the Nipigon Community Centre for emergency lodging.

If you're stuck on highway 11/17 in Nipigon, call the Nipigon Community Centre @ 807-887-3585 for emergency lodging. #tbay

— Patty Hajdu (@PattyHajdu) January 10, 2016


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