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Provincial highways department removing more loose concrete from Lewin Parkway overpass in Corner Brook

While it's safe for traffic to travel over the Lewin Parkway overpass in Corner Brook, Main Street remains closed to traffic below the structure after a concrete chunk fell off it Wednesday.
While it's safe for traffic to travel over the Lewin Parkway overpass in Corner Brook, Main Street remains closed to traffic below the structure after a concrete chunk fell off it Wednesday. - Gary Kean

The structure is safe to drive on, but it will be another while before traffic flows under the Lewin Parkway overpass above Main Street.

The road under the bridge structure had to be shut down Wednesday afternoon after a chunk of concrete broke off.

The piece struck a vehicle passing below, but fortunately had landed just in front of the vehicle. There was suspected to be some damage to the undercarriage but no one in the vehicle was hurt.

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The Department of Transportation and Works is responsible for the Lewin Parkway, including the two adjacent overpasses over Main Street and nearby Humber Road.

The overpasses have both been assessed since Wednesday’s incident.

A request for an interview was not accommodated by the department Thursday, but an emailed update of the assessment indicated there are other pieces of concrete that may be at risk of falling over Main Street.

The section of Main Street, which is the responsibility of the City of Corner Brook, has been closed until those pieces can be removed.

The department said it has been in contact with city officials and will update the city once any loose concrete has been removed.

The bridge over Main Street was rehabilitated in 2007.

Regional staff with the Department of Transportation and Works have investigated both overpasses in that part of town and have determined them to both be structurally safe to drive on.

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