Ontario Nears Peak Liberal: Bridge “Breaks” Just Like In The 3rd World Severing Trans Canada Highway

A newly constructed bridge in northern Ontario has reportedly split apart in the cold, closing the Trans-Canada highway — the only road connecting Eastern and Western Canada — indefinitely.

The Nipigon River Bridge has been closed for “an indefinite time due to mechanical issues,” according to the Ontario Provincial Police. Local reports suggest an expansion joint has failed.


  • Alain

    Ah, that brings back so many memories of when I lived in Africa. Many streets in Montreal does the same.

    • Finally we’re world class!

      • Canadian

        You`re now just like Qc.!
        Mafia cement, brother-in-law steel, party member asphalt, etc.
        Welcome aboard!

    • John

      Yeah, I know what you mean. Last year the city installed speed bumps on my street in Rosemont. The street was already so full of cracks and potholes that even doing the legal speed limit could easily damage your car. They should have taken the asphalt they used to build the bumps and instead used it to fill in the holes

  • mauser 98

    truckers avoid using Trans Can highway when ever possible for decades
    stupid high fuel costs , terrible road repair , flat tires , broken axles , filthy expensive truck stops
    head for the border

  • favill

    And now you know how easy it would be to keep the eastern army out of the west.

    • pike bishop

      They don’t have the stones to roll out here anyway. Do they?

    • Clear Thinker

      Now we cant send Ontario welfare queens to british Columbia.

      • Maggat

        Good, the bad news is we can’t return the one we got.

        • lolwut?

          Squeegie kid lives matter.

  • canminuteman

    I don’t know how long the detour must be, but it is possibly hundreds of kilometers.

    • Clear Thinker

      1714 km

      • Exile1981

        Thats a day of driving…

        • Waffle

          More like 2. (A Thousand Miles from Nowhere –o.k., o.k. no Dwight Yoakam tunes)

          • Exile1981

            I used to do 1500km to a work site in 16hrs but it was a long slog and any bad weather made it 18+hrs….. i really hated that contract.

          • Waffle


          • Exile1981

            3-4 hours were on the highway of death #61. Going up i always did it in the dark half the year but going home 21days later I got to do it fresh and during daylight.

          • Waffle

            When I came back to Canada, I drove from Dallas to Vancouver in 5 and half days with a friend and a cat. Best road trip ever. We averaged about 700 miles a day and took turns every 4 hours. Music kept us going.

            Would also drive Dallas to Toronto and back, solo. If I remember correctly, it took about a day and half. I did about 700 miles a day. I regret not seeing all the sights along the way that I should have, like the pyramid in Memphis. Really sorry I missed that. On y last trip, this song kept me going at the end:


  • Martin B

    Newly constructed? By TFWs from Pakistan?

    • Minicapt

      … Toronto.


    • Brian Jones

      “German” engineering ain’t what it used to be.

      • Clausewitz

        This is what happens when you mix in Social Justice with your math programs.

  • dagawker

    Reality imitates politics.

  • simus1

    The photo points towards something very seriously wrong with at least one structural expansion joint involving the whole bridge not something as mundane as a roadbed expansion joint.

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  • Allan

    I have watched them building that for 2 years. TWO YEARS! On my way to Nakina every summer I’ve crossed the temporary bridge and watched what appeared to be the slowest bridge construction in history. Seriously, it is very short. That’s my 2 cents.

    • richfisher

      Hey Alan get the Nacho pizza from the one and only restaurant in Nakina.
      (The train station now)
      The best pizza I’ve ever had.

      Longlac and Geraldton on the east side are small there won’t be enough places to put everybody up for a night up there.

  • bverwey

    Wow. Hope engineering firm has deep pockets and good lawyers. Oh wait they are friends of the liberals. OK never mind.

    Did not really think about it before but why only one link across in such an important route?

    • Clear Thinker

      I wonder if it was a single source contract out of Sudbury, if you know what I mean.

    • simus1

      The bridge(s) is slightly west of the junction where the northern and southern Trans Canada routes in Ontario divide until they meet up again at North Bay.

  • Exile1981

    Given how unionized workers are I can’t see work starting till summer.

  • Cat-astrophe

    Brand new bridge? The crew from Hell on Wheels could build a better one out of trees scavenged in the local forest.

  • Maggat

    I’d say it was the contraction joint that failed. ;<)

  • Gary

    I would be cheaper to redo the section of road to match the bridge and then just lower the speed limit .

    • Slap some asphalt on it and call it a speedbump;)

  • dance…dancetotheradio

    ‘the province’s first cable-stayed bridge’
    Looks just like the penis bridge that Glen Murray got built when he was the mayor.
    Esplanade Riel.
    Ours is the one with the million dollar toilet for the restaurant that no one can keep open.

  • Cat-astrophe

    It will help reduce carbon emissions in Ontario, just like tearing down gas fired power plants.

  • Waffle

    Too bad Stompin’ Tom is no longer with us. He would certainly have a song or two to sing about this one.

    I wonder what “indefinitely” means. I was seriously thinking about taking a bus trip to Dauphin, Manitoba for the country music festival on July 1st weekend. Dwight Yoakam and Merle Haggard are headlining on the last night of the festival. It seems that the stars have conspired to prevent me from ever hearing Dwight live. Damn! (airfare to the Peg is too outrageous).

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      Take the train.
      It’s way better than the bus.

      • Waffle

        That was my first thought but I couldn’t seem to find suitable passenger service on the CN schedule. If you have a link, would much appreciate.

        • Jaedo Drax


          CN doesn’t operate a passenger service any more, unless you are a supervisor working for CN trying to get your annual trips in.

        • dance…dancetotheradio

          Try Via Rail.
          When I got laid off four years ago, now nearly five, I took the train back to Winnipeg to stay with my inlaws while I looked for work.
          It was summer and the train was nice even though it was depressing as hell to leave my wife and kids.
          But, you could get up and walk to the dining car and stretch your legs.
          A month later when I took the bus back to Saskatoon from Winnipeg it was hell.
          Spent a week packing up the apartment and then we drove home.

    • Exile1981

      given that no one wants to go to winterpeg you’d think the flights would be super cheap.

  • This reminds me of the novel Atlas Shrugged, where everything begins to come apart in the leftist society depicted.

  • marty_p

    Message to Premier Strap On – the emergency repair expense will necessitate a toll on that bridge to recover costs. Like the HOV lanes in the GTA – once the bridge is repaired advise the taxpayers the toll will be there to stay as a way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions caused by truck traffic.

  • Dana Garcia

    That’s nothing. The $6 billion San Francisco Bay Bridge rebuild has cracks throughout the rods holding the thing up that “could lead to premature failure.”


  • Todd_S

    Surprisingly the bridge contract went to a Quebec construction firm

  • John

    My work involves a lot of contact with transport firms and trucking companies. This bridge is the ONLY link between eastern Canada and the rest of the country. Things will have to pass by The States, and the paperwork that entails is just overwhelming. This is an enormous hindrance to trade and commerce, one that will drive up prices of all sorts of commodities.