N.B. to install temporary bridge in Cap-Pelé after original damaged by Dorian

A temporary modular bridge will soon be installed to replace the Kouchibouguac River Bridge No. 1 in Cap-Pelé, N.B., which was shut down after the arrival of post-tropical storm Dorian in September.

The province’s Department of Transportation and Infrastructure announced Monday that it was determined a short-term fix is the “quickest and safest way to temporarily restore this transportation link.”

“The department is working diligently to develop a long-term plan and determine next steps in installing a permanent structure,” a release from the province reads.

The bridge closed on Sept. 20 due to structural concerns caused by aging, weathering and damage inflicted by post-tropical storm Dorian.

The transportation department says those structural issues included the significant loss of concrete from the underside of the deck at critical areas, which directly impacted the strength of the bridge.

“Staff determined that it is not possible to open the structure at this time due to the possibility of the bridge collapsing,” the department stated.

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