© Herald file photo
Scott Golding, one of the city‚Äôs engineers, tries to get a handle on the damage on the morning of Oct. 30, after a truck with an oversize load ran into the bottom of the Shellbrook overpass bridge on Highway 2, just north of Prince Albert.
Temporary weight restrictions at the Shellbrook overpass just north of Prince Albert over Highway 2 have been lifted.
The weight restrictions were put in place on Nov. 5 in response to damage the overpass sustained as a result of being struck by a southbound over-height backhoe, affecting eight of its nine girders.
Preliminary findings have determined the bridge safe to see its weight restrictions lifted, although more studies are needed, the city reported in a release on Friday.
‚ÄúWhile the interim findings have indicated that no restrictions are currently necessary, timely repairs will still be required to prevent future damage from occurring due to potential crack growth that can occur under cyclic loading,‚ÄĚ public works director Colin Innes said in a release.
‚ÄúThe city is anticipating receipt of the final load rating analysis report by the end of January and we will use the report to plan for the repair work that is anticipated to occur in the summer and fall of 2014.‚ÄĚ
In December, Paper Excellence vice president of operations Dale Paterson told the Daily Herald that the overpass‚Äôs weight restrictions were affecting work at the Prince Albert Pulp Mill‚Äôs power generation plant.
Instead of getting biomass material from the west, the weight restrictions forced crews to get the material from the Carrot River area to the east, driving up costs for the material by 20 to 25 per cent.