Planning a cross-country road trip? You might want to wait a couple of days.
Ontario’s brand new Nipigon River Bridge is out of commission, after extreme cold broke one of its expansion joints.
The bridge is a part of the Trans Canada Highway, and serves as the only link between Eastern and Western Canada.
The Ontario Provincial Police say the bridge is closed in both directions for repair, and it’s unknown when it will reopen.
Local media report that bridge was shut down around 3pm eastern today, after the joint failed, raising a portion of the bridge by about two feet.
Engineers from Southern Ontario of have been dispatched to assess the damage, and Nipigon’s mayor has opened the community centre to stranded travellers.
Nipigon Bridge looks wavy – 6 wks old and does not look good – Canada spit in 1/2 pic.twitter.com/pPRwaq20No
— AHolyGhost (@aholyghost1) January 11, 2016
The old crossing had been slated for demolition, and it’s unclear if officials will be able to reopen it to reroute traffic.
For the time being, commercial traffic is being re-routed through the U.S.