At 10:59 Wawa-news was advised by drivers waiting at the Pic River Bridge closure on Highway 17 (7 km east of Marathon) has been reopened. Please drive safe. Jan 14, 2016 @ 17:24 Jan 14, 2016 @ 17:24 – Marathon Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police advise of the following Road Closure: Highway 17 at Pic River Bridge – approximately 1/2 km east of Highway 627. A plow truck struck the Pic River Bridge. Highway 17 is closed at that site in order for the MTO to check the bridge for any structural damage. No damage to the plow. Estimated duration of Road Advisory: Will be 3-4 hours until MTO inspection officers are able to attend location. Updates will be provided when available. The O.P.P. will distribute details and updates of the road advisory as information becomes available. Please do not call O.P.P. Provincial Communication Centres for road advisory updates or road condition information. Visit the Ontario Ministry of Transportation website at ontario.ca/511, twitter @511Ontario or call 511 traveller’s information such as winter road conditions, construction reports, road closures, traffic reports, traffic cameras and interactive mapping. Jan 14, 2016 @ 17:18 – OPP have tweeted that Highway 17 is closed is closed 26 km west of Marathon at the Big Pic River bridge. OPP stat that a detour available via #Hwy631. Wawa-news has been told that a snow plow has hit the bridge. Wawa-news would like readers to please note that this tweet incorrectly locates the Pic River Bridge. It is correctly identified in this tweet. In November, the MTO advised:
“The Ministry of Transportation advises the motoring public that the Pic River and Gravel River bridges on Highway 17, between White River and Nipigon, will remain reduced to single lane traffic this winter.
A temporary single lane modular bridge ?will remain in place with traffic control at the Pic River Bridge on Highway 17, throughout the 2015-16 winter. The Gravel River Bridge on Highway 17, located east of Nipigon, will be reduced to a single lane with temporary concrete barriers and traffic signals over the winter. Work at these two structures is expected to be completed in the 2016 construction season.”
This is the second time that a plow has hit the bridge. On December 17, 2015 a snow plow hit the bridge, closing it until an inspection was completed.