High wind prompts vehicle restrictions on Seaway International Bridge

In this December 22, 2014, file photo, a minivan heads toward the toll booth at the foot of the north channel bridge in Cornwall, Ont. (Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston, File)

CORNWALL – High winds buffeting Cornwall and SD&G prompted Seaway International Bridge officials to restrict some large vehicles from crossing the two spans for nearly an hour late Friday.

Just after 6 p.m., the Seaway International Bridge Corporation halted light transports, recreational vehicles (RV), camping trailers, boats, cube bans, buses, heavily tarped loads and any trucks carrying loose material from crossing.

The same was true for pedestrians, bicycles and motorcycles across the spans from Cornwall to Cornwall Island and Cornwall Island to Hogansburg, N.Y.

Cars and fully loaded transports were not affected but told to reduce their speed.

The advisory was lifted just before 7 p.m.

Strong winds gusting to 80 kilometers per hour have been hitting the region this afternoon but not strong enough to prompt a wind warning.

The wind is expected to die down later tonight.

Local fire departments have been dealing with downed power lines.