The Toronto-bound lanes of the Burlington Skyway will be closed all weekend after a major crash earlier this week.
Provincial officials announced Friday afternoon that the bridge's four lanes will be shut down through the long weekend. Engineers looking at the structural integrity of the bridge don't yet know if it's safe enough for vehicles yet after a dump truck in the up posistion smashed into the bridge Thursday afternoon.
Key questions about safety weren't answered after a preliminary analysis so engineers will spend the weekend trying to get a closer look as crews remove debris and damage from the scene.
MTO spokesperson Astrid Poei tells Newstalk 1010 "we do understand people want this road open as soon as possible...we want this road open as soon as possible but we we will not comprimise safety to do it."
Anyone heading into Toronto (like thousands coming into the city for the festival formerly known as Caribana, now called the Caribbean Carnival) is being asked to plan alternative routes after a dump truck slammed into scaffolding on the bridge Thursday, bringing afternoon rush-hour traffic to a standstill and shutting down the northbound lanes.
Police say the bridge structure sustained ``significant damage'' and that the Toronto-bound Queen Elizabeth Way remains closed between Eastport Drive and North Shore Boulevard, adding travellers can expect significant delays.
A 34-year old man from Brampton has been charged with impaired driving in connection to the Thursday afternoon crash.
Around 3:30 p.m. a dump truck making it's way over the Burlington Skyway, struck scaffolding through a construction zone. Reports from the scene indicate the truck's bucket was elevated, causing major damage.
The truck driver, Sukhvinder Singh Rai, is charged with impaired driving and with exceeding 80 milligrams of blood alcohol content in a motor vehicle. His next court appearance will be on August 22, in Hamilton.
The driver of the truck sustained minor injuries.
There's no estimate on how much damage may have been caused, but if the man charged is found to be responsible for the crash following the police investigation and court proceedings, he will be held responsible for damage to Crown property (bridge trusses, scaffolding, pavement etc).
The Ministry of Transportation says the bridge was undergoing a multi-year rehabilitation program, which is why it's under construction.
All Niagara-bound lanes of the skyway remain open.