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Chaudière Bridge won't reopen until August

The Chaudière Bridge appears set to remain closed to vehicles until the end of summer due to a combination of high water levels and planned construction.

Key Ottawa-Gatineau link was already due to close for construction

The rising Ottawa River forced the closure of the Chaudière Bridge on April 28. (Andrew Foote/CBC)

The Chaudière Bridge appears set to remain closed to vehicles until the end of summer due to a combination of high water levels and planned construction.

The bridge was closed April 28 because of the rising Ottawa River and has remained shut because engineers have been unable to inspect it for damage. Floodwaters have been churning just below the bridge's deck for weeks.

The major Ottawa-Gatineau link was already set to close for construction from June until August.

Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) confirmed the summer-long closure on Tuesday.

Construction will begin when the water level drops and engineers give the all-clear, PSPC said. 

During construction, the bridge will be open to pedestrians, cyclists and public transit.

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