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Friday , 18 September 2020
The rising water levels of Beaver River as seen from Lessard Bridge. Image credit: M.D. of Bonnyville.

M.D. waiting to assess damage to Lessard Bridge before re-opening

The rising water levels of Beaver River as seen from Lessard Bridge. Image credit: M.D. of Bonnyville. 

The Lessard Bridge on Range Road 452 remains closed to all traffic this week, the M.D. of Bonnyville said in a press release on Monday evening.

Modeling from Alberta Environment and Parks, shows the Beaver River is about 2.5 metres higher than usual under the bridge.

The peak appears to have been reached this weekend, but the M.D. cautions that the water remains high.

“Our bridge consultant is monitoring the water levels,” said M.D. infrastructure General Manager, Abid Malik.

“As soon as they can inspect it and determine if any repairs need to be done, we will have a better idea of when we can open the bridge.”

The bridge is closed to all vehicle, bicycle and pedestrian traffic.

About Michael Menzies

Menzies is the editor-at-large for Connect Media. Born and raised in Vermilion, he started in May 2018 during his NAIT Radio and Television practicum and reports on local politics, sports, and community issues. He became the Bonnyville Pontiacs play-by-play voice during the 2019-20 season. He also comments on provincial and national issues. Menzies hosts Connected! Evening Monday-Thursday at 5 o’clock. He also likes to buy books and read some of them.