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Burlington Canal lift bridge soon to remain in an upright position due to COVID-19

The Burlington Canal lift bridge will soon be closed to vehicle traffic because of COVID-19.

More information is expected today

Passersby wave at a ship as it heads under the Burlington Canal Lift Bridge on May 20, 2019. The lift bridge will remain upright until further notice. (Dan Taekema/CBC)

The Burlington Canal lift bridge will soon be closed to vehicle traffic because of COVID-19.

The Hamilton-Oshawa Port Authority says it expects to know more from the federal government later today.

While initial reports said the bridge is currently closed, spokesperson Larissa Fenn said the authority has since learned that it's still passable to vehicular traffic, but will close soon.

Public Works and Procurement Canada owns the bridge. CBC News is pursuing comment from the federal agency.

It's not clear how exactly the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting the bridge, which links Hamilton to Burlington on Eastport Drive. 

If it's closed, the bridge will likely stay in a raised position to allow for marine traffic accessing Hamilton Harbour.