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Safety Break, April 5, 2021 - Weight Restricted Bridges

As of March 22, ODOT Bridge Engineers have set weight restrictions on 68 structures on state highways.  CCD would like to remind motor carriers that crossing a weight-restricted bridge in excess of the posted weights is a major safety concern, and could lead to full closure or collapse of the structure.

A couple of recent examples:

  • The Salt Creek Bridge on OR153 MP 5.88 (west of Amity) is restricted to 9 tons gross weight for all vehicles.  Recent enforcement action resulted in 11 observed violations, with the most expensive presumptive fine at nearly $15000.
  • In late March, the Van Buren St Bridge on OR34 Eastbound MP 0.13 in Corvallis was posted for 12 tons gross weight for all vehicles.  This is a reduction from the previous 40-ton gross weight restriction.

 It is illegal - and dangerous - to violate the requirements of a black and white sign.  If you have any questions about weight restrictions on state highways, please contact the Over-Dimension Permit Unit at 503-373-0000, Option 1. We are available Monday-Friday between the hours of 7 AM & 5 PM Pacific time, closed on state holidays, and on Wednesdays from 12 noon to 1 PM Pacific time for staff meetings.