Bridge barrier vandalism turned over to police investigators

The Municipality of South Dundas has released this map showing the locations of the closed bridges.

Nelson Zandbergen
Nation Valley News

SOUTH DUNDAS — The abrupt closure of a rural bridge in South Dundas triggered somebody to cross over into criminal territory.

On or around the evening of Sept. 29, cement barriers and closure signage erected at the at the Devries Road bridge — just about a kilometre south of County Road 5 — were “removed and destroyed,” the Municipality of South Dundas says in a Sept. 30 press release decrying the “act of vandalism and public endangerment.”

The targeted bridge was one of two aging structures closed indefinitely, effective immediately, when announced by the municipality on Sept. 23. The other bridge is located on South Branch Road, 1.4 km south of Gilmour Road. They were shut for reasons of public safety, following recommendations in an engineer’s report, says the municipality, emphasizing its commitment “to the health and safety of its residents. As such, this act of vandalism and public endangerment has been handed over to the Ontario Provincial Police. Individuals with any information are asked to call Seaway Valley Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.”


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