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Highway 61 closure extended to Monday

MTO says the highway won't be reopened until next Monday morning
Highway 61 traffic control
Traffic flow on Highway 61 has been disrupted since the CN overpass near Thunder Bay Airport was found to be damaged on Nov. 4, 2019 (Tbnewswatch)

THUNDER BAY — Motorists who use Highway 61 between Broadway Avenue and Thunder Bay Airport will be inconvenienced by a longer-than-expected full closure of the road.

The Ministry of Transportation had originally expected the closure would only last between Monday night and Thursday at 6:00 a.m.

Late Wednesday, the MTO announced that due to ongoing repairs to the CN railway overpass, the closure between Broadway and Neebing Avenues will be extended until 6:00 a.m. Monday, Nov. 18.

It said the highway will then be fully reopened to two-lane traffic.

Detour signs will remain in place in the interim.

On Tuesday, OPP announced that charges are pending against the driver of a vehicle transporting equipment which struck and damaged the underside of the overpass.