Where should they go?
SDG reviewing heavy truck permits for county roadways
The United Counties of SDG is a hub for trucks carrying oversized loads through the area that are too big to navigate Highway 401 overpasses.
The county roads of the area play a key role as routes for these trucks to get to their destinations, mainly into and Quebec and onto Highway 7. In order to maintain road conditions, SDG closely monitors trucking traffic by way of issuing permits to companies looking to use the roads.
“We are fortunate to have County Road 43 and 34 in our jurisdiction as a route to get to Highway 7,” director of Transportation and planning services Bende Haan told SDG council Thursday. “But, it will never catch up to the where we can avoid having these trucks on our roadways due to overpasses on the 401 not being able to accommodate these loads on the trucks.”
It is a process for trucking companies to get these permits, however de Haan said SDG is very accommodating to the companies, usually responding very quickly to the requests for permits to travel through our area.
The one difference between SDG and the rest of Ontario though is that SDG’s rules and regulations are different.
According to a report presented to council, trucks with these“super loads” cannot pass through our area at certain times— with an example being at night, weekends or the Friday afternoon before a long weekend.
According to de Haan, SDG 34 at the north boundary to SDG 46 along the SDG 43 to the Leeds-Grenville boundary is the route that handles the most of these oversized loads. County Road 46 in Alexandria does have some facilities such as the Tim Hortons Dome among others that are used during the times that trucks aren’t allowed to drive there.
Another issue is the fact there are sometimes parades and farmers’ markets among other events that do take place on these roads, which would be an issue with the traffic these events already generate.
Both Couns. Jim Bancroft and Tammy Hart suggested ideas of allowing these trucks pass by at hours where not a lot of activity is happening in these towns, such as between the hours of 5 p.m. to 8 a.m. on the weekends.
De Haan noted next steps for council would be to further discuss the issue and develop a level of consistency for the companies requesting permits, so that strong relations can be maintained with the carriers. The matter returns for discussion at the next SDG council meeting scheduled for Monday.