Winter weights for all applicable provincial highways in Saskatchewan begins Thursday, with the exception of southwest Saskatchewan.
The province says when a roadbed is frozen the secondary weight highways have the same strength as primary weight highways, allowing for shippers to use secondary highways with heavier loads.
“With Saskatchewan’s export-based economy, trucking plays a major role in getting our goods to port. Winter weights season allows shippers to haul heavier loads during colder winter months, resulting in fewer trips and cost savings for the industry,” says Highways and Infrastructure Minister David Marit.
Winter weights are weather-dependent and usually are removed on March 15. However, when temperatures rise and roadbeds remain soft, the ministry may remove winter weights in some areas. Truckers and shippers can check the status online.