New Brunswick

Jemseg Bridge closed for repairs after inspection

The Jemseg Bridge ​on Route 105 has been closed until further notice, following a "recent" inspection, the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure says.

No information about inspection results released by Department of Transportation and Infrastructure

Jemseg Bridge was closed on Friday, following a 'recent' inspection. Government officials have not said what the inspection found, but there is crumbling concrete and exposed rebar. (Ed Hunter/CBC)

The Jemseg Bridge ​on Route 105 has been closed until further notice, following a "recent" inspection, the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure says.

No other information about what the inspection found was provided, and department officials could not immediately be reached for comment.

But it is a full closure — even to emergency vehicles — to allow for repairs, according to the department's website.

Motorists will be directed to alternate routes, the department said in a statement.

Jemseg Bridge is closed to all traffic until further notice for repairs, the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure says. (Ed Hunter/CBC)
The bridge, which crosses the Jemseg River, was closed on Friday.

It's unclear when the inspection was conducted.

In December 2013, Auditor General Kim MacPherson said 293 of the 2,608 bridge structures across the province  — about 11 per cent — needed "significant" work.

The bridges in question all received a "poor" rating on the Bridge Condition Index, MacPherson had said.

The Jemseg Bridge was not listed as one of them.

MacPherson had warned that if the government didn't start setting more money aside for maintenance, the bridges would not be able to support the weight and volume of traffic.

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