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Confederation Bridge changes wide load procedures

BORDEN-CARLETON, P.E.I. -- The Confederation Bridge has changed its procedures concerning the passage of wide loads...


BORDEN-CARLETON, P.E.I. — The Confederation Bridge has changed its procedures concerning the passage of wide loads across the bridge, the Atlantic Provinces Trucking Association reports.

Vehicles less than 3.6 metres (12 feet) in width will now be permitted to cross the bridge without the services of a Bridge Patrol escort. However, for safety reasons, Confederation Bridge authorities may require a Bridge Patrol escort from time to time during periods of inclement weather, or when crews are performing maintenance on the bridge.

This change, approved by Transport Canada, is meant to reduce the frequency of temporary bridge closures and improve the flow of goods between Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick while maintaining a high level of safety for all travellers on the Confederation Bridge.

All vehicles more than 2.6 metres (8.6 feet) wide are still required to stop and report to the scale house in Prince Edward Island or the New Brunswick bridge facility located at Exit 47, where they will be measured before crossing the Confederation Bridge.

Vehicles between 3.6 and 4.26 metres (12-14 feet) in width will still require a Bridge Patrol escort.


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