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Fallen girder halts traffic

At 12:30 a.m. on June 24, the Airdrie Integrated Traffic Unit responded to an incident at the construction zone near the Cross Iron Mills mall on Highway 2, near Balzac.
A fallen girder stopped traffic on Highway 2 for about eight hours, June 24.
A fallen girder stopped traffic on Highway 2 for about eight hours, June 24.

At 12:30 a.m. on June 24, the Airdrie Integrated Traffic Unit responded to an incident at the construction zone near the Cross Iron Mills mall on Highway 2, near Balzac.

While crews installed the last girder of the bridge over the southbound lanes, the girder cracked and twisted. It hung precariously in the air for almost two hours before it gave way and fell onto the highway. Four additional cranes were called in to remove the girder. No one was injured.

The southbound lanes of the highway were closed entirely from 4:30 a.m. to almost noon.

All traffic travelling southbound was re-directed onto Highway 566. RCMP responded to several motor vehicle collisions on alternate routes of travel due to the heavy congestion.

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