Damage to Winnipeg skywalk hit by snow-clearing equipment pegged at over $100K

Winnipeg police say more than $100,000 in damage was done when a piece of snow-clearing equipment crashed into a downtown Winnipeg skywalk last month.

The overhead walkway spanning Donald Street near Portage Avenue was hit by privately-owned equipment during overnight snow clearing-operations Nov. 16, the city has previously said.

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The skywalk and the sidewalks under it were closed to pedestrians and police say traffic was ultimately disrupted for roughly 48 hours.

In a release Friday, a commercial dump truck with a raised bed had been heading south when it hit the skywalk overpass around 12:15 a.m., police said.

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Downtown Winnipeg skywalk damaged by snow clearing equipment – Nov 16, 2021

They say the driver was taken to hospital for injuries sustained in the crash, but no one else was hurt.

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Following an investigation by the traffic division, police say a 67-year-old man from Winnipeg has been issued provincial offences act notices for four offences in connection with the crash.

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The offences include tickets for damage to a highway and failing to wear a seatbelt under the Highway Traffic Act.

At the time of the crash, a city spokesperson said the skywalk’s owner had contacted a structural engineer and contractor to assess the damage before starting repairs.

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