Nov. 20, 2008
FREDERICTON (CNB) - Weight restrictions come into effect on Saturday on the Princess Margaret Bridge in advance of major renovations to the structure.
Transportation Minister Denis Landry said weight limits will be reduced to 43,500 kg (43.5 t) from 62,500 kg at that time.
"The Princess Margaret Bridge, opened in 1959, is a critically important structure in the capital region, serving south-central New Brunswick," said Landry. "In the coming weeks, maintenance will be carried out, and engineers will continue to look at how we can modernize and strengthen this 1,098-metre span."
The weight restrictions are being implemented as part of the inspection program of the Department of Transportation. Each of New Brunswick's 2,900 bridges receives a thorough examination every two years.
"Our inspection program allows us to be proactive and identify issues and priorities so we can take the necessary steps to respond to them," Landry said.
Commercial vehicle enforcement staff with the Department of Public Safety will be monitoring truck traffic on the bridge. A public information campaign about this weight restriction is being undertaken.
Signs will be posted at 12 locations on routes 2, 7, 8, 101, 102, 105 and 640 informing truck drivers about the weight restriction and approved alternative routes.
Members of the trucking industry are advised that special permits, at no cost, will be required. They are asked to contact the special permit office at 506-453-2982 or fax at 506-444-4488. This office will be open on Saturday, Nov. 22, from 8:15 a.m. to 1 p.m. It is located on the fourth floor at Kings Place, 440 King St., Fredericton.
Approved alternate routing is as follows:
In the Fredericton area south of the St. John River:
In the Fredericton area north of the St. John River:
In the Oromocto area:
For further information on the weight restriction and signage locations, visit http://www.gnb.ca/transportation.
MEDIA CONTACT: Andrew Holland, communications, Department of Transportation, 506-453-5634.