Transportation

Load Allowances

Updated on April 16th, 2018 

1. SEASONAL LOAD ALLOWANCES 
2. SPECIAL ADVISORY: Frank Channel Bridge
3. SPECIAL ADVISORY: Hay River Pine Point Bridge

1. SEASONAL LOAD ALLOWANCES

The Department of Infrastructure has UPDATED Winter Load Tolerances (WLT) on all NWT highways.

The Winter Load Tolerances (WLT) will discontinue effective Monday April 16th, 2018 at 00:00 hours.

The Department of Infrastructure is monitoring the road surface conditions, in prudence to the expected reduction in the load bearing capacity due to the approaching spring and thaw season. The saturated road structure due to high moisture content may warrant application of road bans and load restrictions on the NWT highway system. We anticipate that the restrictions are likely to affect all the Regions.

The Department of Infrastructure will continue to monitor the spring thaw and anticipates further updates on seasonal load allowances with possible changes on or about April 23rd, 2018.

Highway System Information:

Please verify that your vehicle configuration conforms with the loading allowed under the registration documents and to the “Large Vehicle Control Regulations” available at:

https://www.justice.gov.nt.ca/en/files/legislation/motor-vehicles/motor-vehicles.r9.pdf

The Department of Infrastructure will continue to monitor highway conditions, traffic flows and transportation issues for all regulations and other restrictions in order to best protect and preserve our vital Transportation Infrastructure.  Any updates to the allowable loads, if required, will be announced by the Department on the Public Highway Information Service available toll free at: 1-800-661-0750.

Or on the internet at:

http://www.dot.gov.nt.ca/Highways/Allowances


2. SPECIAL ADVISORY:Frank Channel Bridge - Revised

The Department of Transportation is currently contemplating various options for upgrading the Frank Channel Bridge in order to meet current and projected traffic loads.

At this point in time we do not envision any major restrictions on the bridge for 2018. The current legal weight and dimension limits remain in effect.

Department will advise all carriers and the public of any restrictions well in advance.

For more information: Call the “On-line Services” helpline at 1-866-225-3505 Monday to Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., or leave a message, or visit our website www.dot.gov.nt.ca/Highways/Allowances.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

Please verify that your vehicle configuration conforms with the loading allowed under the registration documents and to the “Large Vehicle Control Regulations” available here.

Any changes to the Allowable Legal Axle Weight Percentages will be announced 48 hours in advance by the Department on the Public Highway Information Service available toll free at: 1-800-661-0750.

    3. SPECIAL ADVISORY:Hay River Pine Point Bridge Rehabilitation

    Hay River Pine Point Bridge rehabilitation construction will take place between October 01, 2018 and October 31, 2019. 

    During this period, traffic will be diverted through the old CN Bridge.

    Following restrictions will apply for the entire construction duration:

    • Single Alternating lane – 4.5 meters wide maximum (No wide loads will be permitted)
    • Overweight loads – Permit applications will be accesses on case to case basis
    • Construction zone speed – 15 km /hr
    • One way alternating traffic flow will be managed by traffic signals at each end of the bridge.
    • Flag persons will be used when manual traffic control is required for construction operations and emergency vehicles.
    • Intermittent traffic interruption up to 15 minutes will be required.
    • Observe reduced speed limits within the construction zone.  Double fines will be applied.
    • For any further information please call the road information line at 1-800-661-0750 or visit http://www.dot.gov.nt.ca/Highways/Allowances


    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

    Please verify that your vehicle configuration conforms with the loading allowed under the registration documents and to the “Large Vehicle Control Regulations” available here.

    Any changes to the Allowable Legal Axle Weight Percentages will be announced 48 hours in advance by the Department on the Public Highway Information Service available toll free at: 1-800-661-0750.