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Truss element damaged on Kingston’s Bascule Bridge, LaSalle Causeway remains closed

Truss element damaged on Kingston’s Bascule Bridge, LaSalle Causeway remains closed

KINGSTON, ONT. — (PSPC) has issued an update regarding the closure of the LaSalle Causeway in Kingston, Ont. following a construction incident.

On March 30, an element of the Bascule Bridge was compromised during construction. PSPC reported a diagonal steel truss element supporting the counterweight on the bridge was damaged while carrying out work to strengthen it. The Daily Commercial News covered the story initially, but it has since been reported that the LaSalle Causeway will be closed for several weeks.

PSPC quickly closed the bridge to all public access including vehicles, bicycles and pedestrians as well as the surrounding area immediately following the incident. No one was injured or harmed.

Specialized equipment is now onsite to stabilize the structure and once set up, it will be able to support the counterweight to stabilize the structure, the update indicates, adding once it’s safe to access the site, PSPC will be able to assess the full extent of the damage and prepare plans for repairs. 

PSPC still needs to conduct a complete assessment of the damage which occurred to the structure, which means no firm timeline has been set for the causeway reopening.

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