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?