Niagara Gazette

Crime

July 1, 2014

Pieces of Falls pedestrian bridge fall onto parkway in Ontario

The Niagara Parkway was temporarily closed overnight Monday after pieces of the underside of the Bridge of Flowers fell on to the roadway late Monday night.

Niagara Parks Police said about 11 p.m. they were notified by a motorist that a portion of the undercoating from the underside of the pedestrian bridge over the parkway near the Table Rock Complex had fallen onto the roadway and was presenting a hazard.

Responding police consulted with the Niagara Parks Commission engineering department and it was determined that the damage was cosmetic only, with no issues pertaining to the structural integrity of the bridge itself. There was an approximate 20-by-12 foot section of exterior grade sheetrock which came off the undercarriage of the pedestrian walkway.

No injuries or other damage was reported during the incident. As a precaution, pedestrian and vehicular traffic was re-routed around the pedestrian walkway and a contractor was brought on site to remove the remaining covering from the underside of the structure. The cause of the damage is still being investigated by the Niagara Parks Commission Engineering department, though it is believed to be related to the watering and care of the floral arrangements on the bridge itself.

The Niagara Parkway between Murray Hill and Fraser Hill re-opened about 6:30 a.m. and normal operations resumed in the affected area at the conclusion of the contractor’s work.

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