Skyway open as Burlington flooded with two months worth of rain

Flood waters on Highway 407 in Burlington Monday, Aug. 4, 2014. (Amy Longley/Special to the Toronto...

Flood waters on Highway 407 in Burlington Monday, Aug. 4, 2014. (Amy Longley/Special to the Toronto Sun)

MATT INGRAM, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:19 AM ET

The Burlington Skyway’s Toronto-bound lanes opened Monday night, as the city was hit with almost two months' worth of rain.

Major arteries including Hwy. 407 and the QEW  were closed as flash flooding hit Burlington. About 125 mm of rain fell in some parts of the city, The Weather Network estimates.

The skyway’s eastbound lanes were closed for repairs Thursday after a large truck smashed into the structure’s steel girders. Sukhvinder Singh Rai, 34, of Brampton, was charged with impaired driving.

MTO spokesman Astrid Poei said workers Monday finished a temporary repair job to make the bridge safe for motorists which included the installation of new steel beams and putting down asphalt.

A structural review completed Saturday night by MTO engineers recommended the temporary fix.

A more permanent repair effort will take two months with work scheduled to occur overnight to limit the impact on traffic, said Poei.

The permanent repair will include the installation of a new steel beam that will have to be manufactured.

Crews worked around the clock in three shifts to make needed repairs. Workers faced many challenges, including the removal of scaffolding that had been put in place before the collision as part of an ongoing painting and steel maintenance program.

“We are very pleased with the crews. This is not an easy task,” said Poei.

The OPP are continuing to investigate the crash.

No word yet on how much repairs will cost except that they will be extensive, said Poei. If the driver of the truck is found guilty, he will be responsible for the bill.

 

 


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