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2014-06-13 at 16:19

Mayor optimistic in return of vehicle traffic to Swing Bridge

By Jamie Smith, tbnewswatch.com

THUNDER BAY -- It's been two weeks since a commitment to get vehicles back on the James Street Swing Bridge was made.

Mayor Keith Hobbs said while there was a deadline for Friday, the terms of reference with CN was only signed last week and so it will be a few more days before a short-term solution is reached.

The mayor is optimistic an answer will come next week. But there are viable solutions on the table.

"I think we're on the same page, our engineers and their consultants," he said.

Hobbs didn't want to go into too much detail about what the solution might be but said increased weight restrictions could be an option.

"You might not see big trucks being able to access the bridge," he said

The bridge has been closed to vehicle traffic since it caught fire last October. Progress is moving too slowly for Hobbs but he understands that safety has to be the top priority.

"We have to get it right and safety is the main concern," he said.



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jstudent says:
As I've grown used to going around and taking the highway, I have noticed why it can be dangerous. When you're making the left hand turn and merging with the ramp coming off the highway, why is there a yield sign to those on the smaller ramp? There is plenty of room on the other ramp for those coming off the highway to yield. I've been in that yield line, waiting for the car in front of me to merge, there are times where they can't for some time. Behind me, traffic behind me began to get backed up (almost blocking the oncoming highway traffic). I'm not sure the reason its currently like this, so correct me if I'm wrong, but wouldn't it make more sense to switch those around?
6/18/2014 2:02:38 PM
Stephen says:
Why can't we just build another bridge like we did when the CPR closed the "Jackknife" to vehicular traffic?
I don't remember that being such a bone of contention...although I have to admit that bridge was a horrible accident waiting to happen. There were transport trucks coming down a huge incline with the CPR shoving tank cars full of gasoline across the road at the bottom.
6/16/2014 7:19:16 PM
LittleJohn says:
"You might not see big trucks being able to access the bridge," he said

Big trucks have never been allowed on that bridge due to weight restrictions. - unless he is referring to full sized pick up trucks and cube vans.
6/15/2014 12:54:54 PM
NewCoach says:
Just find the person or persons who stated this fire and have them pay for the bridge repairs.
6/15/2014 11:10:33 AM
JYDOG says:
Nobody 'caused' the bridge fire, so please stop beating this horse. It's dead already.
6/17/2014 1:51:50 AM
taekat says:
Weight restrictions for vehicle traffic on this bridge have been addressed in a different article. While trains can cross in the middle that is because of the structure supporting it while the structure supporting the vehicle traffic wings are not nearly as strong.
6/14/2014 8:59:37 PM
joey joe joe jr. shabadoo says:
this bridge will be nothing but a waste of cash that can be spent on real issues....the extra 5 minute route will do fine, but were too spoiled and think that extra 5 mins will change everything
6/14/2014 11:58:38 AM
loring says:
obviously you dont drive that route on a regular bassis, someone is going to get killed on that route unless the speed limits are reduced i have come upon drivers doing 60 or less kms/hr in the posted 90 with a transport on my rear. not safe having to slam your brakes on hoping the truck does as well some drivers think this highway is their own backlane and speed limits are not meant for them.not going that xtra 5 mins might mean my families life or yours!!

6/15/2014 9:27:39 AM
anvil of crom says:
...and you make an unintentional good point .
Its people who are dangerous, not the highway.
6/15/2014 5:14:42 PM
Neebing1414 says:
reduce the speed limit on a highway? get outta here.. if you can't drive the speed limit on the highway you shouldn't be driving.. driving on the highway is part of your driving test.

Also its not the people who drive the highway on a regular basis that are the problem.. its people who don't know how to properly merge onto the highway.. they are going to kill someone
6/15/2014 9:18:29 PM
joey joe joe jr. shabadoo says:
people drive many km's under the speed limit on MANY roads, no just that one...

sounds like the MOT is at fault for giving these slow drivers a drivers licence in the first place...not the lack of a bridge.
6/16/2014 6:45:24 PM
ruralmedic says:
Depending on weight restrictions, ambulances may not be able to use this route.... just something to think about, considering that EMS response times were one of the major "concerns" when the bridge was burnt..
6/14/2014 11:31:03 AM
livewire says:
Oh God not the City of Thunder Bay Engineers. They can't even engineer the cities projects proper e.g Golf Links Road
6/13/2014 5:25:45 PM
BlueJay12 says:
Okay wait a minute....but 2 Locomotives carrying grain cars at 130 tonnes each car are safe though!? What a joke! Just give them some money already!
6/13/2014 5:25:17 PM
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