Vandalism causes bridge closure
RCMP say damage to a bridge near Castor River South was intentional.
Overnight on June 21, a bridge on a branch of Squid Cove Road had its stringers and decking cut and removed with a chainsaw.
“There were eight 12x12 stringers, five of the eight were completely cut,” a spokesperson with the detachment said. “On top of the 12x12s, some 6x6s used as ties were cut, and large portion of the centre of the bridge were cut out.”
None of the lumber was taken.
The bridge is only three years old and is the quickest access to work sites owned by Nalcor, Johnson and the Forestry department. There is an alternative route, but it is an additional 30 minutes out of the way.
“No one is being severely impacted by it,” the officer said.
Although no motive has been determined, officers believe it was just to disable the bridge.
There are dozens of similar bridges in the region, but no others were targeted.
The estimated value of the bridge is around $25,000. It doesn’t appear it will be able to get fixed, and will likely have to be replaced.
Forestry and Agrifoods Agency has shut the bridge down for safety reasons.
Emails to the department of Transportation and Works, who is responsible for having inspections completed on bridges in the province, were not returned by Friday of last week.