Van­dal­ism causes bridge clo­sure

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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.

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