In recent weeks there has been a fair bit of coverage about the Wyndham Bridge.
Re: design and construction of the bridge:
When the City replaced the 100-year old CN Railway bridge, it followed all CN Rail requirements and specifications. Our new, larger bridge meets all modern technical standards for current and future rail use. It is structurally sound and was built correctly.
RE: the roadway:
When the City renewed the roadway beneath the bridge, added sidewalks and bike lanes, the bridge was designed to allow as much clearance as possible given location of upgraded underground water, wastewater and utility infrastructure. This has been confirmed by an external consultant.
Trucks are permitted to use local streets for deliveries. The street was not a “permissive truck route” intended for regular, through truck traffic
To prevent large truck operators from using the route, the City updated its traffic by-law prohibiting large trucks from using the road.
The City was aware that large vehicles may be impacted by the project.
While this issue was raised during public information sessions that took place before construction, we could have done a better job communicating with stakeholders about the available in clearance beneath the new bridge – particularly trucking companies and local businesses receiving deliveries on large trucks.
Staff are implementing a much more comprehensive sign plan indicating a 3.8 metre clearance, and several notices have been distributed.
In the next days, further communications will be circulated through an increased awareness plan. Staff