Last month, a new tonnage restriction was introduced on the Weidetorbrücke bridge in Hanover. Unfortunately, many truck drivers cross the bridge despite the ban.
At the Weidetorbrücke bridge on federal road B3 in Hanover, a traffic ban on vehicles over 3.5 t has been in force since 10 July. In January 2017, a tonnage limit for trucks over 7.5 t was introduced for the structure, but due to the deteriorating technical condition of Weidetorbrücke, it was necessary to extend the ban also to lower-weight vehicles. Unfortunately, traffic observations by the Lower Saxony Road and Traffic Authority have shown that many truck drivers use the bridge despite the ban.
The extent to which further steps need to be taken is currently being examined, informs the Authority. Authorities recommend that heavy goods traffic avoid Weidetorbrücke as much as possible by using the A2 and A7 motorways. The respective detour routes will be identified by the state authorities in the coming days.
On some bridges in Germany, e.g. in Duisburg, near Kassel or Leverkusen, special systems with scales and barriers have been installed which do not allow vehicles that are too heavy to enter the structure.