Brantford Puts Brakes on Big Rigs Along Lorne Bridge

BRANTFORD, ON — The City of Brantford, ON has approved a by-law limiting gross vehicle weights for five months out of the year along one span.

The decision by officials directs staff to post a maximum gross vehicle weight of 30 tonnes for the period from Nov. 1 to March 31 of each year for the Lorne Bridge, which reportedly sees about 300 heavy vehicles each day, but only a few are over the new limit.

According to the Ontario Trucking Association, structural analysis of the Lorne Bridge conducted in accordance with the Canadian Bridge design code, referencing construction drawings as well as a detailed field investigation and structural analysis, concluded that the spandrel arch bridge has sufficient capacity to carry the current loading; however the load capacity is reduced when temperature affects are taken into account, specifically between November and April.

Alternate truck route signage will be installed at critical intersections north and south of the Lorne Bridge and will direct heavy vehicles operators to the Veterans Memorial Parkway bridge over the Grand River.


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