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Truck with load of lumber seen crossing weight-restricted Red Bridge in Kamloops

The bridge has a weight limit of 4,000 kilograms.
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February 24, 2020 - 3:00 PM

The first Red Bridge in Kamloops was constructed in 1887 and has been featured on socks and as the name of a beer a local brewery. It holds a significant historical value to the city but what it doesn’t hold is a lot of weight.

A Twitter user recently shared a photo of a truck hauling lumber going over the historic bridge, which has a weight limit of 4,000 kilograms.

Photos show the truck with a massive load passing over the narrow truss bridge, and some users chimed in that they would be worried to be on the bridge at the same time.

Danielle Pope, media relations with the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, says notices of the weight limit are clearly posted in both directions leading up to the bridge.

She says the Commercial Vehicle Safety Enforcement is planning to increase patrols of the area looking for oversized vehicles.

“In 2018, the ministry installed two additional advanced warning signs on Mount Paul Way to allow ample notice for large commercial trucks to turn off before reaching the bridge. We also refreshed the existing weight-restriction signage at each end of the bridge,” Pope says in an email to

“Given the apparent lack of compliance, local staff are currently analyzing the existing signs to identify opportunities to enhance the restriction related signs leading up to the bridge.”

Violators in oversized vehicles caught driving on the Red Bridge are subject to fines of up to $121 and could earn two penalty points on their driver's record.

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