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The Board of
Railway Commissioners for Canada.

Order no. G.O. 447

Wednesday, the 20th of
July, A.D. 1927

In the matter of the operation by railway companies subject to the jurisdiction of the Board of bridges over navigable waters and canals; and the question of regulations for the navigation through or under and the lighting of such bridges.

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H. A. McKeown
Chief Commissioner

S. J. McLean
Asst. Chief Commissioner

Thomas Vien
Deputy Chief Commissioner

A. C. Boyce
Commissioner

C. Lawrence
Commissioner

Frank Oliver
Commissioner

Upon reading the regulations covering the navigation through or under, or the lighting of, bridges over navigable waters and canals of Canada approved by Order in Council P.C 2060, dated October 12, 1923, the submissions on behalf of the Departments of Railways and Canals and of Marine and Fisheries, and the report and recommendation of its Chief Engineer; and in pursuance of the powers conferred upon the Board under section 247 of The Railway Act, 1919, and of all other powers possessed by it in that behalf,—

It is ordered: That the regulations covering the navigation through or under or the lighting of bridges over navigable waters and canals of railway companies subject to the jurisdiction of the Board, be, and they are hereby, approved, namely:—

  1. Without restricting the generality of the expression, movable span includes lift, draw, swing, jack-knife, etc.
  2. No bridge shall be constructed hereafter over navigable waters or canals except in accordance with the requirements of these regulations, and no plan and/or description of a bridge proposed to be constructed over navigable water or a canal required by The Railway Act, 1919, to be submitted to the Board shall be approved unless and until such plan and description show and indicate that lights conforming to those regulations are to be exhibited.
  3. These regulations shall apply to all bridges hereafter constructed, provided that it shall be competent to the Board to suspend the application of these regulations in the case of any bridge, either temporarily or otherwise, when in the judgment of the Board such action is warranted by local conditions, and provided further that the Board may extend these regulations to any existing bridge when in its opinion it is desirable to do so.
  4. The owner of any bridge required under these regulations to exhibit, lights shall provide, maintain, and operate such lights of such a nature and intensity as may be prescribed by the Board, and shall cause them to be exhibited every night from sundown to sunrise during the season of navigation.
  5. In the case of bridges with a single fixed span, a white light on each side of the passage under the span shall be exhibited, which lights shall be visible to boats approaching from either direction.
  6. In the case of bridges with a single movable span, there shall be exhibited, in addition to the lights required under paragraph 5, a fixed white light on each end of the centre pier protection, as well as a red light on each side of the movable arm or arms, located in mid-span and at the lowest level of steel, which red lights shall change to green when the bridge is fully open, to navigation.
  7. If, in its opinion, it is desirable to approve passages for navigation through or under more than one span of a bridge with more than one fixed or movable span, the Board shall indicate the spans under or through which passages for navigation have been approved, and' such passages shall be lighted,—
    1. In the case of a fixed span, by a white light on each side of the passage, which shall show and be visible only to vessels approaching from the direction which brings the approved passage on their own starboard hand; and
    2. In the case of a movable span, in addition to the above, the lights required under paragraph 6.

    All as shown on diagrams numbered 1, 2, 3, and 4, dated June 14, 1927.

    1. Vessels going through or under a bridge where two passages have been approved for navigation shall keep to the passage on their own starboard hand.
    2. When more than two such passages have been approved, special rules governing navigation through or under the bridge shall be made by the Board.
  8. The signal to be given by vessels requiring a movable span to be opened (shall be three long blasts of a whistle or horn.
  9. Every movable span shall be in charge of some competent person present thereat, who shall ,open the movable span as promptly as possible upon being signalled as required by paragraph 9 that a vessel desires to pass through, and no vessel shall attempt to pass through until such movable span is fully opened.
  10. Such lights and other aids to navigation as may be needed to suit the (requirements of navigation, and as specified by the Board, shall be provided and maintained on all bridges under construction.
  11. It shall be competent to the Board to suspend the application of these regulations in the case of any bridge, either temporarily or otherwise, when in the opinion of the Board such action is warranted by local conditions.
  12. Every person who violates any of these regulations shall be liable upon summary conviction to the penalty fixed and determined by law.

And it is further ordered: That the General Order of the Board No. 124, dated April 30, 1914, as amended by Order No. 22428, dated August 24, 1914, and General Order No. 383, dated June 12, 1923, be, and they are hereby, rescinded.

H. A. McKeown
Chief Commissioner,
The Board of Railway Commissioners for Canada.