Old Highway 35 bridge in Nipawin closed due to rapidly deteriorating condition

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The old Nipawin bridge closed to all traffic on Wednesday. (Twitter/SKGovHwyHotline - image credit)
The old Nipawin bridge closed to all traffic on Wednesday. (Twitter/SKGovHwyHotline - image credit)

Saskatchewan's Ministry of Highways closed the old Highway 35 bridge in Nipawin Wednesday due to its deteriorating condition.

"It's definitely been approaching the end of its service life for some time," said Patrick Book, a spokesperson for the ministry.

The bridge was built in 1931 and was originally meant to close down after the construction of a replacement bridge on Highway 55 located five kilometres away.

A third-party inspection done late last week revealed that one of the structures for the roadway approach spans showed signs of overloading. The inspector recommended that the bridge be immediately closed. More than 600 vehicles use the bridge every day, the ministry said.

Book said that while there's no imminent danger, the ministry wanted to remain cautious.

"We want to err on the side of caution and make sure that we are doing everything we can to prevent something unfortunate from happening," he said.

The ministry said it understands the impacts the closure will have on the community and apologized for the short notice.

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