CLAYTON, SASK. — After a bridge collapse in Clayton, Sask. last year officials are implementing weight restrictions on five similarly designed bridges in the province.
Six bridges in other rural municipalities were inspected by engineers who recommended five carry less than secondary weights.
These weight restrictions affect a bridge each in Caledonia, Mervin and Scott as well as two bridges in Perdue.
The inspections were commissioned by the Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities and the Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure through the Municipal Roads for the Economy Program.
Some heavy haul routes through the province, including an Alternate Truck Route and a Clearing the Path corridor, will be affected.
“To ensure public safety, the Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure is working with the rural municipalities to weight restrict or close the roadways containing these bridges until appropriate improvements or remedial work can be completed,” reads a statement from the province.
Officials are sending the assessment and inspection data to Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Saskatchewan, which regulates professional engineering in the province.
The construction of bridges in Saskatchewan must adhere to the Canadian Highway Bridge Design Code.
Part of the deck of the Dyck Memorial Bridge in Clayton collapsed into the Swan River last September. No one was injured. The bridge was built by Can-Struct Systems Inc.