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Officials in Edmonton say bridge girders that had buckled will now be safe

05/14/2015 09:35 EDT | Updated 05/14/2016 05:59 EDT
EDMONTON - The City of Edmonton says engineers have assured them they won't have to replace girders that buckled during the construction of a new bridge back in March.

A city spokesman says crews were able to straighten out the girders and they will be completely safe.

Byron Nicholson says the city has "received documentation" that the bridge over Groat Road should be good for at least 75 years.

An investigation into the root cause of the original incident is expected to be complete by the end of the month.

Nicholson says the project would have been delayed a lot longer if the city had to replace the girders.

He says they're still waiting for an updated schedule for the bridge' completion, but says they're happy to be back on track.

“As soon as they took those girders down…they took them to the shop, started analyzing right then,” said Nicholson. “Those folks have been working around the clock and we thank them for that.”

(CHED)

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