BRIDGE COLLAPSES - May 7, 2004
Thanks to several who alerted me of the
collapse and sent in pictures!
Big Nickel Mine Road
BY CRAIG GILBERT
photos by Tracey Duguay
The Big Nickel Mine Road bridge collapsed onto Lorne Street at about 10 am
It has been closed for repairs and upgrades since March.
Traffic will be rerouted around the scene for some time, according to the
Greater Sudbury Police Service. Westbound Lorne St. traffic will be
rerouted through Kelly Lake Rd. to Southview Drive to the southwest by-pass
and on to Walden. Eastbound Municipal Road 55 traffic heading toward
Lorne St. will have to take Godfrey Dr. through Copper Cliff as there is no
passage from that direction at the Big Nickel Mine Rd. over-pass.
Godfrey Dr. is owned by Inco and drivers are warned to slow down and watch for
heavy truck traffic.
“Inco is assisting the public by allowing the increased traffic flow, however,
already there have been incidents of excessive speed in the area,” police
reported at noon.
Traffic on Big Nickel Mine Rd. traveling toward Lorne St. can use the east or
Drivers otherwise travelling toward the area are urged to stay clear and take
the southeast or southwest bypasses. “It will be several days before
things are close to back to order so please show patience and common sense,”
Northland Engineering (1987) Ltd. is the consulting engineering firm
responsible for designing and supervising the project on behalf of the city.
Nor-Eng Construction & Engineering is responsible for the restoration work.
The bridge has been closed for upgrades since March.
The Ministry of Labour had investigators on the scene, which was closed
completely early Friday afternoon. Northland Engineering employee Mark
Akehurst has been in construction for over 20 years. He was up the
hill toward Dynamic Earth, which is not affected by the collapse, when the
bridge collapsed. He has never seen anything like it.
“The bridge wasn't connected at all to the concrete,” he said. “It was
supported completely by those steel beams. We were repairing the girder ends
at the time. The steel on the south side failed.”
No one was near the work area when the bridge collapsed.
“There was a rumble then a cloud of dust. It happened very, very quick.”