Nipigon Bridge finally opens to four lanes.

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Almost three years after an embarrassing malfunction, the Nipigon River Bridge is now open to four lanes.

The province announced Nov. 23 that the Trans-Canada Highway span, east of Thunder Bay on Highway 11-17, is operating at full capacity.

The $106-million cable bridge failed 42 days after opening to traffic in January 2016.

An engineering report revealed that improperly tightened bolts snapped on a section of the bridge, causing the steel deck to raise 60 centimetres. Traffic was brought to a halt on the only highway connection to Western Canada.

One lane was opened the next day, followed by two lanes a month later while repairs were made.


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