Delay to Canadian bridge caused by welding

18 November 2010

Welding deemed to be below the standard required for a bridge in Canada has delayed the official opening of the structure.

The Peace Bridge is being built in Calgary and a deadline of the end of October has now been missed and it may open in May or June as work is carried out to redo steel welding.

Spanning the Bow River, it has been designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, who told the Calgary Herald last year that it would be delivered "within budget and on time".

Costing an estimated $24.5 million (£15 million), transportation general manager for Calgary Malcolm Logan told the news source efforts will be made to ensure that costs are kept to a minimum.

The bridge has an intricately designed red frame that will connect Eau Claire to Sunnyside for pedestrians in downtown Calgary.

Meanwhile, a fire at a 28-storey building in Shanghai that killed 53 people has been blamed on substandard welding work by unlicensed electrical operators.

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