Transportation

Load Allowances

Updated on Wednesday November 23 2016 at 2:30 PM.

The Department of Transportation has UPDATED the seasonal load allowances on selected highway sections commencing on Monday, November 21st, 2016at 00:00 hours.  The Department of Transportation will enforce these load allowances in order to best protect and preserve the NWT Highway System, see detailed listings below.

NOTE: Highways 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8 will operate under normal conditions. Special Advisory for Highway 5 and Special Advanced Advisory for Highway 3 noted below.

General Notice of 100% Legal Axle Weight:

These highway sections are set at 100% of the legal axle weight and until further notice:

All Community Access Roads – 100% legal axle weight.

The Department of Transportation will continue to monitor the highways and will further update on seasonal load allowances.


All Community Access Roads – 100% legal axle weight.


Special Advisory Notice for Hwy 5 Km 55.7 - Buffalo River Bridge                 

Winter 2016 / 2017

From:

18 Nov 2016

To:

17 April 2017

  • Single lane – 4.0 meters
  • Height restriction – 5.1 meters
  • Permit Vehicles will be assessed

Phase 2 Construction

From:

18 April 2017

To:

20 July 2017

  • Single lane – width restriction 3.1 meters
  • Height  restriction – 5.1 meters
  • No overweight loads allowed

From:

21 July 2017

To:

30 Oct 2017

  • Single lane - width restriction 3.1 meters (Alternating lanes – No wide loads will be allowed during deck rehabilitation)
  • Height restriction - 4.5 meters
  • No overweight loads allowed
  • During bridge rehabilitation works, there will be intermittent road closures with durations up to 30 minutes each, between:
    • September 1st  to November 17th 2016
    • April 18th to October 30th 2017
  • Please observe the reduced speed limits within the construction zone. Double fines will be applied.
  • Vehicles exceeding the width or height restriction will need a pre-approval.

SPECIAL ADVANCED ADVISORY NOTICE

Hwy 3 Km 243.8 – Frank Channel BridgeRehabilitation

Frank Channel Bridge rehabilitation construction will start in May 2017. Construction will take place between May and October each year of 2017, 2018, and 2019.  During this period, the following restrictions will apply:

Construction

from 01 May to 31 October each year

  • Single lane – width restriction 3.1 meters
  • Height restriction – 4.0 meters
  • No overweight loads allowed
  • Speed Reduction: 15 km/h

Winter Shutdown

from 01 November to 30 April each year

  • Two lanes 
  • Height  restriction – 5.0 meters
  • Permit Vehicles will be assessed
  • Speed limit:  40 km/h

During construction expect traffic interruption and delays:

  • 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 30 minutes may be required.
  • Observe reduced speed limits within the construction zone. Double fines will be applied.

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

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.