Overweight trucks barred from N.B. bridge

FREDERICTON, N.B. — Trucks will soon have to pass inspection to cross the Princess Margaret Bridge in New Brunswick.

According to local reports, the Department of Transportation will open a weigh scale in a few weeks alongside the old Trans Canada behind the Aitken University Centre.

Truckers packing loads of 43,500 kg or more will have to turn around and be rerouted to alternate routes via Hanwell Road and Route 7, the paper reports.

Signs have been posted en route to the bridge, although flashing amber lights aren’t in operation yet.

The 40-year-old Princess Margaret Bridge has been showing signs of stress, officials say. The structure is currently undergoing review for maintenance and repair work, which is expected to cost around $50 million.

The province hopes to keep the bridge operational until the upgrade project begins this spring.


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