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  • Board approves new weight limits for three County bridges

    Aug 02, 2016 | Read More News
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    Elephant Head Road BridgeThe Pima County Board of Supervisors at its Aug. 2 meeting unanimously approved weight limit ordinances for three bridges in unincorporated Pima County to comply with state and federal guidelines. The new weight limits will go into effect immediately.

    A recent load analysis performed by Pima County’s Department of Transportation (DOT) determined that the bridges located on the Mt. Lemmon Short Road, Madera Canyon Road, and Soledad Avenue require a weight restriction to ensure that they remain safe and continue to function as intended. DOT performed these analyses in compliance with the requirements set forth by the Federal Highway Administration and the Arizona Department of Transportation. 

    According to the load rating analyses, the bridges identified can no longer support vehicles that exceed certain Gross Vehicle Weight Ratings (GVWR). All vehicles that exceed the posted GVWR will be prohibited from using these crossings.

    The channel bridge located on Soledad Avenue, approximately 320 feet north of Orangewood Drive, will prohibit vehicles with a GVWR greater than 68,000 pounds; the bridge on the Mt. Lemmon Short Road, approximately 250 feet east of Catalina Highway, will prohibit vehicles with a GVWR greater than 46,000 pounds; and the bridge on Madera Canyon Road, approximately 2,000 feet south of Whitehouse Canyon Road, will prohibit vehicles with a GVWR greater than 78,000 pounds. 

    Pima County DOT staff will post signs to notify the traveling public of this restriction. In addition, the department will contact known commercial users of these roadways to notify of the new weight limit. 

    Motorists with vehicles exceeding the posted weight limitations may receive a citation from the Pima County Sheriff’s Department. 

    For additional information about bridge weight restrictions, call DOT’s Community Relations Office at (520) 724-6410. 

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