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Nipigon River Bridge to reopen two lanes of traffic Thursday

Nipigon River Bridge: 2 lanes reopened to traffic
WATCH ABOVE: Two lanes reopened to traffic on damaged Nipigon River Bridge.

Two lanes of a failed bridge on a northern section of the Trans-Canada Highway in Nipigon, Ont. will reopen to traffic Thursday at 10 a.m.

The newly-built Nipigon River Bridge buckled on Jan. 10 forcing a 24-hour shutdown of the roadway connecting east and west travel in northern Ontario.

According the Ontario Ministry of Transportation, repairs have been ongoing and they say there are no longer any special weight restrictions on the bridge.

READ MORE: Engineers hope to open 2 lanes on Nipigon River Bridge by end of February

The closure was a major blow to the trucking industry as about 1,300 trucks cross the bridge every day which amounts to about $100 million in cargo daily.

Even though one lane of traffic was eventually opened following the incident, cars and most trucks were delayed between 10 to 15 minutes.

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The $106-million bridge project replaced Nipigon’s old two-lane structure with a four-lane one.

-With a file from The Canadian Press