Port Colborne quickly corrects error in Clarence Street Bridge closure

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Published November 1, 2021 at 1:10 pm

No sooner had Port Colborne issued a statement about this week’s repairs to the Clarence Street Bridge, then it had to issue a subsequent release.

While they got the closures dates correct – November 4 and 5 – they got the days of the week wrong, referring to them as “Wednesday, November 4” and “Thursday, November 5.” Those are, of course, this Thursday and Friday.

It was a simple mistake – human error, most likely – but they quickly had to correct it.

Long story short, the bridge will be closed both days from 9 am to 4 pm to vehicle and pedestrian travel for repairs.

The Clarence Street Bridge (also known as Bridge 21) is a vertical-left bridge that allows boats to pass on the Welland Canal.

Built between 1927 and 1929 during fourth Welland Canal construction, the bridge still serves today as a vital link connecting East and West Port Colborne.

The structure uses simple electric motors and counterweights to raise the deck up 120 feet above passing vessels. The raising and lowering of the bridge takes approximately 90 seconds.

This bridge is one of only four remaining vertical-lift road bridges over the Welland Canal.

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