Fort William band pushes for bridge answers


Fort William First Nation Chief Georjann Morriseau continues to push for answers from CN Rail on plans to reopen the James Street swing bridge to vehicular traffic.
Morriseau, along with band Coun. Wyatt Bannon, and director of lands and property management Ian Bannon, met with CN officials in Edmonton last week to try and get more information about the bridge’s fate.
“We are still awaiting the results of their engineering report which is scheduled to be released at the end of March,” Morriseau said.
“They will not consider any short-term opening of any kind due to the capacity issues and safety, which is very frustrating to say the least.
“However, safety is always key,” she added.
Vehicles haven’t been able to cross the 107-year-old bridge since Oct. 29 when a fire damaged the structure.
Train traffic resumed on the bridge a few days after the fire.

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