Bridge on 108 closed

Vic­to­ria Vanier

Stanstead Journal - - FRONT PAGE -

The Min­istry of Trans­port closed the bridge on the 108 be­tween Hat­ley and Water­ville on Mon­day night for an un­de­ter­mined amount of time. The bridge will re­main closed un­til in­spec­tors can take a more thor­ough look at the struc­ture to de­ter­mine if it is safe fol­low­ing the re­cent flood­ing in that area. “The in­spec­tors can­not do a proper in­spec­tion un­til the wa­ter level goes down,” ex­plained Trans­port min­istry spokesper­son He­lene Beauch­esne.

The bridge was re-opened last week af­ter a first in­spec­tion, how­ever, fol­low­ing flood­ing, the min­istry al­ways in­spects bridges a sec­ond time, and it was af­ter this sec­ond in­spec­tion on Mon­day night that the bridge was de­ter­mined to be un­safe.

The depart­ment will de­ter­mine a de­tour route on their net­work of roads which does not in­clude mu­nic­i­pal roads.

The trans­port depart­ment will not know the ex­tent of the dam­age done to the bridge on the 108, now closed, un­til the wa­ter level de­creases and in­spec­tors can take an­other look.

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