Res #: 25-13M
Responses Received: No
WHEREAS bridge end hazard markers are recommended to be placed directly in front of rural bridge abutments; and
WHEREAS the increase in the size of equipment travelling on municipal roads has contributed to the challenge of keeping these hazard markers posted on bridges;
BE IT RESOLVED that SARM lobby the provincial government to review the dimensions and disposition of bridge markers and explore best practices in other jurisdictions.
Response from Honourable Don McMorris, Minister of Highways and Infrastructure
This resolution requests the provincial government review the dimensions and disposition of bridge markers and explore best practices in other jurisdictions.
The bridge end hazard marker standard was updated in 2009 during the technical foundational work carried out, by the Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure (MHI), in support of the development of the Rural Municipal Traffic Signing Manual (RMTSM). This manual was published by SARM in 2010 with the purpose of providing guidelines for signing on the municipal road system.
RMTSM, Section 3-6 provides guidance on the installation of the bridge hazard markers including provision of hazard marker bracket which allows for the sign to be temporarily removed when over-width vehicles travel on bridges.
MHI continually reviews its technical standards on a prioritized basis. The review of the bridge hazard marker standard will be included with the review of other standards in the hazard signing group. The timing of this undertaking has not been scheduled at this time because of other priority work. However, when the review is initiated it will be done in full consultation with SARM.