‘Severe structural damage’ closes Taylor Road Bridge in South Dundas

SOUTH DUNDAS — Taylor Road Bridge in South Dundas has been closed to all traffic due to severe structural damage.

The July 26 closure comes after a recent inspection from Keystone Bridge Management Corp. found the main bridge structure failing in key areas.

During its 2021 budget deliberations South Dundas Council moved forward with biannual bridge inspections as required by the province.

Since the last inspection in 2019, where Taylor Road Bridge was identified for repairs in the near future, there has been “significant and unexpected damage,” according to the municipality.

“With the report from the Keystone engineer, we must close the bridge for the safety of the travelling public who use this road,” said Mayor Steven Byvelds. “As much as it will be inconvenient, our resident’s wellbeing is our
priority, and we will not take any chances.”

Council will review the inspection findings and discuss next steps in the coming weeks.

The bridge is located between Gilmer Rd. and Kirker Rd.

While Taylor Rd. itself remains open, detours via the cross streets will be necessary. South Branch Rd. also remains unaffected by the bridge closure.

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