Designated Truck Routes

The City of Thunder Bay proposes to restrict heavy trucks to a designated route. How will this affect your business?

The Issue: 

City Council is considering a new by-law that would restrict vehicles of over 15,000 kg to a designated route rather than the current by-law which identifies certain roads that do not allow heavy traffic.  The designated route by-law approach identifies roads and parts of roads that trucks are allowed to use (see DTR by-law with map link below) and makes it illegal for a truck to use any other roads that are not designated except where an exemption applies (ie: for delivering or receiving goods, etc).

The proposed designated route would require transports, dump trucks, pulp trucks and other heavy vehicles to utilize what is locally known as the Shabaqua extension for travel in and out of the city to and from western destinations.  Should the new by-law be adopted, heavy trucks will no longer be permitted to use Arthur Street between Hwy 61 & Hwy 17 or Dawson Road/Hwy 102 to Hwy 17 as their travel routes.

Your Chamber’s Position:

The proposed changes to the heavy truck bylaws will have costly consequences for many affected businesses.  The Chamber has asked the City of Thunder Bay to participate in an in-depth consultation with business to assess the realistic effects of the new Designated Truck Route and to identify alternative strategies.

What We’re Doing for You:  

In consideration of concerns raised by Chamber members, City Council deferred their discussion of the by-law to allow additional consultation with the business community.  The Chamber worked with City Administration to host a consultation session on May 25, 2017 that provided an opportunity for impacted businesses to learn more about the proposed changes and to express concerns or ask questions about the by-law.

As a result of the business consultation session and our follow up letter to City Administration and City Council, (attached) City Administration is currently preparing revisions to the by-law.  Additional consultations are expected in Fall 2017.

We appreciate the assistance of City Council and Administration in ensuring that business is consulted on this issue.

How You Can Participate:

If your business will be affected by the proposed changes to the Designated Truck Routes in Thunder Bay, please contact us to ensure you are included in future updates and invitations on this matter.

Learn more:

This is a Municipal Issue.
Contact us to be included in talks and updates.

Charla Robinson, President

Special thanks to our Members at Santorelli’s for reaching out to involve us in this issue.

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