A firefighter with View Royal Fire Rescue assesses the damage on a commercial vehicle that struck the pedestrian bridge at the corner of Atkins and Six Mile Roads near Thetis Lake in View Royal Wednesday afternoon. (Kendra Wong/News Gazette staff)

Pedestrian bridge struck at Atkins and Six Mile in View Royal

Traffic down to single lane, motorists asked to avoid the area

A small crane truck has struck the pedestrian and cycling bridge at the corner of Atkins and Six Mile roads near Thetis Lake in View Royal.

Some damage is visible on the Galloping Goose Trail bridge. Emergency crews including View Royal Fire Rescue and West Shore RCMP were called to the scene late Wednesday morning.

According to the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, ministry officials and maintenance contractors remain on-site to complete a full assessment of the damage and will work to rehabilitate the bridge as needed.

“Given the hundreds of commercial vehicles that move across the Greater Victoria area every week, infrastructure strikes are actually quite uncommon,” the ministry said in an email.

“These infrequent incidents typically occur when commercial drivers either do not get an oversize permit, or there is a permit but the prescribed routes aren’t followed.”

The bridge has since been re-opened to pedestrians and cyclists, however, the Town of View Royal said Six Mile Road will remain closed to traffic for a few hours. Drivers are being asked to use alternate routes and avoid the area if possible. It is expected to re-open around 4:30 p.m.


Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

editor@goldstreamgazette.com

Just Posted

Prize winning Urban Bee Honey Farm generating a buzz

Urban Bee honoured at the Vancouver Island Business Awards

African rhythms, dance performance to help out Sierra Leone charity group

Feb. 23 show by Issamba ensemble a fundraiser for Victoria-Taiama Partnership

Excitement builds for first Victoria Folk ‘N Fiddle Festival in Sidney

First headliners announced, wide range of community friendly musical, cultural events planned

Over 100 take the Vancouver Island polar plunge

More than $25,000 raised for BC Special Olympics athletes

B.C. students win Great Waters Challenge video contest

Video, mural and song about saving the salmon claims the top prize

B.C. athlete takes home gold in freestyle aerials at Canada Games

Brayden Kuroda won the event with a combined score of 121.65.

Cabinet likely to extend deadline to reconsider Trans Mountain pipeline

New round of consultations with Indigenous communities is coming

B.C. government provides $75,000 towards salmon study

Study looks at abundance and health of Pacific salmon in Gulf of Alaska

UBC researchers develop inexpensive tool to test drinking water

The tricoder can test for biological contamination in real-time

Disgraced ex-Congressman Anthony Weiner released from prison

He was convicted of having illicit online contact with a 15-year-old North Carolina girl in 2017

B.C. communities push back against climate change damages campaign

Activists copying California case that was tossed out of court

Most Read