What A Dyck

A Canadian town is scrambling to rebuild a bridge which collapsed shortly after it was finished.

A rural municipality in east-central Saskatchewan is promising an investigation into the collapse of a bridge that was opened just hours earlier. The incident took place late Friday afternoon at the site of the Dyck Memorial Bridge in the RM of Clayton.

A statement the municipality put on its website and Facebook page said “the bridge was built to Canadian Bridge Standards and unfortunately something under the riverbed failed, that could not have been anticipated. This caused the pier to sink and the middle span to fall off the pier cap and into the river.”

In the meantime, Rea said the municipality is trying to get a company to “come out and do some testing.”

I’m no engineer, but may I suggest sending a few portly gentlemen across the bridge before you pronounce the structure safe?

3 thoughts on “What A Dyck

  1. The title of this post jiggled one of my brain cells & reminded me of a trip to the British Virgin Islands a few years ago. I was sailing with my true love du jour on a windjammer cruise, and the captain took us to an island called Jost Van Dyke. Naturally, I was curious about how it acquired its name.

    The captain explained that several centuries ago, the Caribbean was being explored by the English, French, and Dutch. Any island that was uninhabited could be claimed for their country. A Dutch explorer came across this island and sent an expedition to see if it was inhabited. The team did encounter one inhabitant: a lesbian.

    When they returned to their ship, the captain asked if they had seen anyone.

    They replied, “Jost Von Dyke.”


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