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2014-06-27 at 4:48PM

Waiting for answers

By Jamie Smith, tbnewswatch.com

THUNDER BAY -- Nearly a month after a meeting with CN over the future of the James Street Swing Bridge, city hall is still waiting.

CN, city and Fort William First Nation emerged from a meeting late last month saying that a short-term solution to re-open the bridge to vehicle traffic, closed since a fire last October despite rail traffic starting again just days after the incident, could come in as little as two weeks.

An engineering report was expected to come Friday, but acting mayor Coun. Rebecca Johnson said there has still been no word.

"We hope that it will come next week," Johnson said. "There has been no communication with CN relative to the bridge at all. We're a little bit disappointed."

Next week is also the timeline now according to CN spokeswoman Lindsay Fedchyshyn. Johnson said the company just needs to do its due diligence to make sure the bridge is safe.

"They will make sure that that is in place before they can say that they can open it," she said.

Safety is key but Johnson said people in the community want the issue resolved.

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