Where should they go?

SDG re­view­ing heavy truck per­mits for county road­ways

Standard-Freeholder (Cornwall) - - FRONT PAGE - ckennedy@post­media.com CAM KENNEDY

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.

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