Update: (Thursday, March 17, 2016)
Almost 2 years later…
- Skyway driver acquitted on impaired charges. An Ontario court justice has formally acquitted a Brampton dump truck driver of two charges relating to the Skyway Bridge crash.
Update: (Monday, Aug. 04, 2014)
- Burlington Skyway reopens, 4 days after truck damaged bridge. The Toronto-bound lanes of the Burlington Skyway reopened Monday night, four days after a dump truck damaged the bridge’s structure.
- Heavy duty tow truck finally removed the smashed-up dump truck from the damaged Burlington Skyway Bridge on Saturday morning. Now engineers can start evaluating the scale of the destruction.
|Ministry of Transport cameras capture emergency crews as they work to remove a dump truck|
from Burlington Skyway crash site on Saturday.
- Bridge closed for the weekend. 3 more alternative routes:
The green route takes Red Hill Valley Parkway to the Lincoln Alexander Parkway through to the 403, bypassing the bridge. The red route is the current detour, on Eastport Drive. The black route is down Burlington Street through Hamilton. And the yellow route is the Fruitland exit to Highway 8 to the 403. (Google Maps) Map Source
- What's closed:
The Queen Elizabeth Way (QEW) is closed between Eastport Drive and North Shore Boulevard. The lanes to Toronto are closed. The bridge now needs to be inspected by structural engineers, which is expected to happen Friday. The repairs, however, could take days. The closure only affects Toronto-bound traffic on the QEW. Traffic lanes heading south over the bridge and into the Niagara Region will be open, though drivers can expect it will be slow.
...OPP expects to have an update on when the bridge might reopen around suppertime.
Sukhvinder Singh Rai, a 34-year-old Brampton man who was arrested at the scene and taken to the Burlington OPP detachment for breath tests, faces one count of impaired operation of a motor vehicle and one count of blood alcohol level exceeding 80 milligrams while operating a motor vehicle.
- ... closure will affect motorists travelling for the upcoming Civic Holiday weekend and those heading to this weekend's Caribbean Festival.
- ... traffic signals altered in Burlington to help improve the flow of traffic around the Skyway.
ONTARIO: Drunk Shuts Down Entire Toronto-bound Lanes on Burlington Skyway Bridge
The entire Toronto-bound lanes came to a halt around 3:40 pm, Thursday when an impaired dump truck driver decided to drive his truck up the Burlington Skyway Bridge with its box container in the upward position, during rush hour. The 34-year-old driver from Brampton has been charged with the incident. According to a former transportation ministry official, the bridge will remain close for "several days" because of the severity of the crash. As Will MacKenzie, stated:
All this happened right in the middle of the bridge according to a Burlington Fire Department spokesperson. Thankfully, no one was injured but the cleanup of the aftermath will be "labour intensive" as stated by the ministry. The bridge is said to be used by 75-80,000 vehicles per day."On a steel bridge like this one, they've got to get up there, climb up, take a look around, all very carefully. There's a lot of work that has to be done and they've got to go and do all their calculations and run it through computers."
|JOHN RENNISON / THE HAMILTON SPECTATOR|
|Truck crashes on Burlington Skyway – could be closed for days, Burlington mayor says|