2012 Load Restrictions

For Ontario load restrictions, please go to http://www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/trucks/loadnotice.shtml.

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In Michigan:

Effective 8:00 AM Monday February 27th, 2012 weight restrictions will be imposed and enforced on all state trunkline highways within the Upper Peninsula in the State of Michigan. State trunkline highways typically carry, M, I, or US designations.

Weight restriction information and updates may be obtained by calling 1-800-787-8960. For companies located in Canada or New Jersey, information may be obtained by calling:
517-373-6256.

– On routes designated as “All Season Routes” (green or gold on the MDOT Truck Operators Map) there will be no reduction in legal axle weight.

– On routes designated as “Seasonal” (solid or dashed red on the MDOT Truck Operators Map), there will be a weight reduction of 25% for rigid pavements and 35% for flexible pavements.

Extended permits will be valid for oversize only in the weight restricted area.

Single trip permits will not be issued for overweight loads or loads exceeding 14 feet in width, 11 axles and 150 feet in overall length in the weight restricted area.

Detailed Weight Restriction information may be obtained by linking to www..michigan.gov/truckers. Please refer to the MDOT Truck Operator’s Map for route designations.

Spring Weight Restrictions: http://mdotwas1.mdot.state.mi.us/public/alerts/bulletins.cfm?bulletin=weight

 

Courtesy of Steven Horwood, Michigan State Police

Mississauga Train Derailment – 30 years ago

Where were you 30 years ago this day?

It was a Saturday night when that train derailed sending the residents of Mississauga out of their homes. I know, our house was one of them.

I was a volunteer with St. John Ambulance then and we were called out at 06:30 on Remembrance Day. I was away from home for the duration helping to evacuate the hospital, nursing homes, old age homes and manning evacuation centres. One of the amazing things during that evacuation was that there was no instant communication like we have today, yet between the police, fire, ambulance and volunteer agencies, things got done.

As a result of this derailment, we now have the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Act and Regulations.

Are we safer today? What would the result be with a population over three times greater and increased land development? Why was it called the "Mississauga Miracle"?

There has been some media attention of the railways in regard to safety, and in particular to dangerous goods rolling through residential areas. Not too long ago there was a derailment in Oshawa – what if that had been dangerous goods similar to Mississauga? What would have been the results?

Others write about the congestion of our highways and the routing of dangerous goods. Some provinces, like Alberta and Quebec have dangerous goods routes. This shows that these provinces are being proactive Continue Reading…