International Bridges and Tunnels Regulations (SOR/2009-17)

Regulations are current to 2016-08-15 and last amended on 2012-03-14. Previous Versions

Submission of Report

 The owner of an international bridge or international tunnel shall submit the report referred to in section 8 within one month after the day on which it is approved by the owner but not more than six months after the day on which the inspection is completed.

Additional Engineering Investigations

 An owner of an international bridge or international tunnel shall submit to the Minister a final report signed and sealed by two engineers, relating to a special condition survey, test or other additional engineering investigation conducted in respect of the bridge or tunnel, other than the evaluation referred to in section 12, within one month after the day on which the report is approved by the owner but not more than six months after the day on which the additional engineering investigation is completed.

Evaluation of the Load Carrying Capacity of an International Bridge

 An owner of an international bridge shall ensure that an evaluation of the bridge’s capacity to carry traffic loads is conducted in accordance with the requirements set out in the Canadian Highway Bridge Design Code, the Manual for Condition Evaluation of Bridges or the Manuel d’évaluation de la capacité portante des structures when any of the following occur:

  • (a) observed or suspected defects, deterioration or damage that may affect load capacity;

  • (b) an anticipated increase in actual or permitted traffic loading or in loading effect;

  • (c) a change in road classification;

  • (d) a review of the load limit that is posted;

  • (e) an alteration to the bridge that may affect its live load carrying capacity;

  • (f) an application for a permit to allow a vehicle not conforming to the load limit to cross the bridge; or

  • (g) an unsatisfactory performance of the bridge in respect of serviceability or fatigue.

Load Carrying Capacity Evaluation Report

  •  (1) An owner of an international bridge shall submit to the Minister a report on an evaluation of the bridge’s capacity to carry traffic loads within 60 days after the day on which the evaluation is completed.

  • (2) The owner of the international bridge shall ensure that the report is signed and sealed by two engineers.

  • (3) [Repealed, SOR/2012-33, s. 5]

  • SOR/2012-33, s. 5.

PART 2Operations and Use

Reports

  •  (1) Subject to subsection (2), an owner of an international bridge or tunnel shall submit to the Minister at least once every two years a report related to the operation and use of the bridge or tunnel.

  • (2) The owner of the international bridge or tunnel shall ensure

    • (a) that the report covers a period starting at the end of the period covered by the previous report; and

    • (b) that the report is submitted within 90 days after the end of the period covered by the report.

  • (3) [Repealed, SOR/2012-33, s. 6]

  • SOR/2012-33, s. 6.

Contents of Report

 An owner of an international bridge or tunnel shall ensure that the report referred to in section 14 contains at least the following information:

  • (a) the number of vehicles of the following types that pass over a point or segment of the international bridge or tunnel each month:

    • (i) passenger cars,

    • (ii) trucks, and

    • (iii) buses and vehicles other than those referred to in subparagraphs (i) and (ii);

  • (b) the types of vehicles that were permitted to use the international bridge or tunnel and the conditions or restrictions related to that use;

  • (c) the tolls, fees or other charges applicable to users for the use of the international bridge or tunnel;

  • (d) a brief description of all written complaints received in respect of the operation and use of the international bridge or tunnel; and

  • (e) a description of the procedures that the owner has put in place to manage complaints from the public relating to the operation and use of the international bridge or tunnel.

  • SOR/2012-33, s. 7.

Changes and Closures

 The owner of an international bridge or tunnel shall inform the Minister, in writing, of any of the following events within 30 days of its occurrence:

  • (a) a change in tolls, fees or other charges;

  • (b) a change in the types of vehicles permitted to use the international bridge or tunnel and, in the case of a newly permitted type of vehicle, the conditions or restrictions under which that type of vehicle is permitted to use the bridge or tunnel;

  • (c) a change in the conditions or restrictions under which a type of vehicle referred to in the most recent report is permitted to cross the international bridge or traverse the international tunnel;

  • (d) a change in normal operating hours; and

  • (e) the closure of the bridge or tunnel, or the closure of one of its lanes for a period of 48 hours or more.

Coming into Force

Footnote * These Regulations come into force on the day on which they are published in the Canada Gazette, Part II.

 
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