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The James Street Swing Bridge is now open to rail traffic.
CN Rail, which owns the bridge, reopened for trains early Friday morning. The bridge, however, remains closed to vehicle traffic.
CN Rail regional manager Lindsay Fedchyshyn said examiners have concluded their inspections, and made repairs to the ties and supports impacted by Tuesday evening’s fire.
“We wouldn’t have resumed train traffic if we weren’t 100 per cent confident in our engineering,” Fedchyshyn said.
As for vehicular traffic, that is still a little ways off.
Fedchyshyn said the company can only attest to the rail section, and has hired a structural consulting expert to examine the road.
That expert began an evaluation Thursday night, and she said a conditioning report is not expected back until the middle of next week.
The bridge, which links the city to the Fort William First Nation, has been closed since being engulfed by flames shortly after 7 p.m. on Tuesday.
However, the impact for at least one area business is not as bad as it could have been.
Superior Elevators general manager Darin D’Aleo said the fire happened during a lull period, and impacts of the temporary loss of the bridge have been minimal.
D’Aleo added next week is scheduled to be a busy time for the company and they are happy to see the transportation resume.
“We’re happy as clams right now,” he said. “The rail traffic is going to come in, and we have vessels that are going to be taking grain away so it’s a perfect situation.”
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-- With files from CKPR Radio