The Halifax Regional Municipality announced yesterday weight restrictions are being placed on five aging bridges that cross the rail line in Halifax’s south end.
“Engineering assessments received by CN show the bridges are experiencing the effects of age, heavy road traffic flow and weight,” said the release. “Steps must be taken to limit the size and weight of vehicles until plans are in place for restoration or replacement.”
Under the new restrictions, vehicles weighing more than 20,000 kgs. will no longer be allowed on the Marlborough Woods, Belmont-on-the-Arm, Oakland Road, South Street and Coburg Road bridges. The rule will apply to all buses, cars and trucks that consist of a single unit, said the release.
Restrictions are also in place for larger, two-unit vehicles (maximum 34,000 kgs.) and multi-vehicle trains (maximum 49,000 kgs.).
The restrictions begin today and will remain in effect until further notice. All of the bridges will be fitted with barriers to protect the concrete walls from vehicle impacts.
In July, the municipality placed similar weight restrictions on the CN bridge near the base of Quinpool Road in Halifax.