Commercial Escort Policy
The International Bridge Administration (IBA) requires an escort for vehicles meeting any one of the following criteria:
- All vehicles over the width of 11 feet, 4 inches, or 13 feet, 6 inches high, or greater than 90 feet long.
- All vehicles carrying explosives.
- All vehicles over the weight of 144,000 pounds.
All vehicles in excess of 144,000 pounds require prior approval by the International Bridge maintenance supervisor.
All vehicles over 150,000 pounds, and/or greater than 17 feet high are disallowed.
The maximum speed of a permitted load on the International Bridge is 20 mph.
Crossing the International Bridge will be scheduled from one half-hour before sunrise to 8 a.m. and from 6 p.m. to one half-hour after sunset. Bridge escorts must be scheduled a minimum of 24 hours prior.
Numbers to call to schedule bridge escort:
In the US, call 906-635-5255, ext. 0.
In Canada call 705-942-4345, ext. 0.
Numbers to call for weight restriction approval:
In the US, call 906-635-5255, ext. 135.
In Canada, call 705-942-4345, ext. 135.
Escorts must be supplied by the IBA due to the bridge's two-lane configuration to ensure adequate traffic separation of oncoming auto and commercial traffic. Escorts for loads over 13 feet, 6 inches wide require the bridge to be shut down to oncoming traffic due to bridge lane restrictions.
The driver of the vehicle must contact the IBA upon or before reaching the bridge plaza for the scheduled escort. Bridge escorts may be scheduled and allowed between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. at the sole discretion of the IBA only, as low or no traffic volumes allow.