Temporary Weight Restrictions

Prolonging the life of our transportation infrastructure

Structural deterioration and increased commercial traffic factor into Council's recent decision to reduce the load carrying capacity of the aging Smith Bridge. This stop-gap measure has been introduced to help prolong the bridge's service life by preventing damage and circumventing potential failures.

Proactive Measures to Prolong the Life of the Smith Bridge

Weight Restrictions

As part of its effort to prolong the life of the Smith Bridge, MD Council has enacted temporary weight restrictions for certain vehicle types. Signage has been installed along 9th Street and the Old Smith Highway indicating the maximum gross vehicle weight (GVW) allowed per truck type.

Crossing the Smith Bridge in a vehicle that exceeds these weight limits can damage both the bridge and your vehicle, meaning you or other bridge users may not be able to cross safely. If your vehicle damages a bridge, you may be held liable for the cost of repairs.

Any bridge that that cannot safely support all legal vehicles must be weight restricted. The new weight restriction signage displays the maximum vehicle weights the Smith Bridge can safely support.

If the Smith Bridge factors into your travel route, you should review this page to familiarize yourself with the new weight restrictions — whether you drive a Civic or a cement truck.

Understanding the posted weight limits

It is your responsibility as a driver to know your vehicle and load; understand posted signage; and obey the weight limits. Here's a primer on what the limits mean.

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Single Unit Truck: This vehicle can weigh no more than 23 tonnes GVW, or 23,000 kg. Note that the image shows one chassis with no separation between tractor and trailer.
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Standard Semi Truck: This icon indicates that the bridge can only carry a truck of this configuration weighing a maximum of 41 tonnes, or 41,000 kg.
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Combination Truck: A single-unit vehicle pulling a trailer. The bridge can only carry a truck of this configuration weighing a maximum of 53 tonnes, or 53,000 kilograms.
CONTACT TRANSPORTATION
Email shari.spencer (@) mdlsr.ca
Phone 780.849.4888
Toll-Free 1.866.449.4888
Fax 780.849.4939
IF YOUR VEHICLE AND LOAD EXCEED THE POSTED CAPACITIES:
  • Take an alternate route that can legally and safely carry your vehicle;

  • Reduce your load and make multiple trips; or

  • Contact the Transportation team to see if accommodations can be made to allow you to cross safely

What vehicles are affected by the weight restrictions?

As the temporary weight restrictions come into play, residents have asked whether the Smith Bridge is safe for the travelling public. Explore the vehicle types and associated average weights below and breathe easier about your daily commute.

Vehicle types routinely used by the travelling public fall well below the weight restrictions.

Use the arrow icons to see different vehicle types and their respective average weights.

Even larger vehicles in the community fall below the new weight limitations.

Use the arrow icons to see different vehicle types and their respective average weights.

Heavy commercial vehicles must be mindful of height, weight and breadth limitations.

Use the arrow icons to see different vehicle types and their respective average weights.

Answers to common questions about the bridge restrictions

Why does the MD need to restrict traffic on the Smith Bridge?
As a bridge approaches the end of its service life, load restrictions are typically put in place to extend its life span to the degree possible. Deterioration taks an accelerated curve toward the end of a bridge's life, and the MD needs to take proactive steps to slow this curve down.
IT’S YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO KNOW THE WEIGHT AND CONFIGURATION OF YOUR VEHICLE AND LOAD, AND TO COMPLY WITH POSTED WEIGHT RESTRICTION SIGNAGE.

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