A close up of the damage to the bridge taken on Mar. 20. (Trevor Hewitt photo)

Telkwa bridge damaged for second time in 2020

The bridge was previously struck by an empty logging truck on Jan. 22

For the second time in less than two months the Telkwa Bridge crossing the Bulkley River has been damaged.

On Mar. 19 after receiving a tip about the damage The Interior News checked out the scene and found that the sign on the northeast side of the bridge had been damaged, as well as a supporting wood beam.

When The Interior News reached out to the Ministry of Transportation (MoT) for comment, they said the damage was a result of a commercial vehicle collision with a truss on the bridge earlier in the month.

“This damage did not effect the load rating and the bridge remained safe between the time of damage and repair,” the MoT said in an emailed statement.

A local contractor made repairs to the bridge over the weekend on Mar. 21.

This is the second time this year the bridge has been damaged.

READ MORE: Telkwa bridge struck by empty logging truck

On Jan. 22 at approximately 11 a.m. a wooden beam on the bridge’s east side was struck by a logging truck, which lead to the MoT having to do repairs to the bridge the following weekend.

At the time of the first repairs the MoT said the bridge, which is inspected yearly by the ministry, is in good condition.

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The Telkwa bridge was recently damaged for the second time in 2020, after previously being hit in the same spot by an empty logging truck in January. (Trevor Hewitt photo)

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