Chapter 12.20
LOAD LIMITS ON BRIDGES

Sections:

12.20.010    Gross weight allowed and notification.

12.20.020    Limited special permits.

12.20.030    Maximum gross vehicle weight.

12.20.040    Enforcement and penalty.

12.20.050    West Sammamish River Bridge (1071AW).

12.20.010 Gross weight allowed and notification.

A. It is unlawful for any person to operate a vehicle over any City bridge when such vehicle has a gross weight that is greater than the posted maximum weight for that bridge, unless the driver is in possession of a limited special permit issued by the city manager.

B. Notice of closing of individual bridges to certain classes or weights of vehicles shall be:

1. Published in a local newspaper of general circulation; and

2. Posted on signs at each end of subject bridge, on or prior to the date of publication. All signs shall be erected and maintained in accordance with RCW 46.61.450 and 47.36.030.

C. Maximum gross weights for vehicles operating over City bridges shall be established by ordinance in accordance with RCW 46.44.080.

D. The city manager shall have the authority by administrative determination to immediately impose temporary gross weight limits on bridges based on the results of an engineering and traffic investigation. The city manager shall have the authority to immediately erect and maintain official traffic control devices for temporary gross weight limits on bridges in accordance with Chapter 46.90 RCW, WAC 308-330-265 and Chapter 10.05 KMC. The temporary gross weight limits on bridges shall be in effect for not longer than one year from the date of posting or until the weight limits are established by ordinance. [Ord. 11-0330 § 1 (Exh. A); Ord. 03-0180 §§ 1, 2; Ord. 02-0141 § 1; Ord. 98-0024 §§ 1, 2 (KCC 14.16.010).]

12.20.020 Limited special permits.

The city manager is authorized to issue limited special permits for the safe use of load limited bridges by emergency vehicles and other vehicles exceeding the posted maximum weight. [Ord. 11-0330 § 1 (Exh. A); Ord. 03-0180 §§ 1, 2; Ord. 02-0141 § 1; Ord. 98-0024 §§ 1, 2 (KCC 14.16.015).]

12.20.030 Maximum gross vehicle weight.

Those City bridges that are posted are done so pursuant to definitions and standards for maximum gross vehicle weight contained in Chapter 46.44 RCW, particularly the vehicle weight table of RCW 46.44.041. [Ord. 11-0330 § 1 (Exh. A); Ord. 03-0180 §§ 1, 2; Ord. 02-0141 § 1; Ord. 98-0024 §§ 1, 2 (KCC 14.16.020).]

12.20.040 Enforcement and penalty.

Any violation of this chapter is a traffic infraction and subject to a penalty of $250.00. [Ord. 11-0330 § 1 (Exh. A); Ord. 03-0180 §§ 1, 2; Ord. 02-0141 § 1; Ord. 98-0024 §§ 1, 2 (KCC 14.16.170).]

12.20.050 West Sammamish River Bridge (1071AW).

The use of Bridge 1071AW shall be prohibited to weight/loads in excess of sixteen (16) tons for three-axle vehicles (Type 3), twenty-five (25) tons for five-axle vehicles (Type 3S2), and twenty-seven (27) tons for six-axle vehicles (Type 3-3) until further notice. Violators of weight restrictions shall be subject to the fines, penalties and forfeitures as established by KMC 12.20.040. By general rule as allowed by RCW 46.44.080, emergency vehicles are allowed on the bridge, regardless of weight. [Ord. 14-0374 § 1.]