It’s that time of year when truckers and shippers must begin reducing loads on secondary highways in Saskatchewan. Officials say all secondary highways will return to regulation weights, which will help prevent damage to these roads this spring.
Effective at 12:01 a.m., Tuesday, March 15, any existing winter weights will be removed and revert to regulation weight.
Spring road restrictions are used by the province and rural municipalities (RM) to mitigate damage to infrastructure. Typically, these road restrictions start in March in the southwest and move in an east and northern direction. These restrictions remain in place for approximately six weeks or 42 days.
The road bans reduce allowable weights on RM roads and secondary weight provincial highways by 10 to 15 per cent and typically last about six weeks.
To check which highways are impacted by weight restrictions, please visit truck weight classifications and restrictions at saskatchewan.ca/trucking. Spring road bans will be posted as necessary under the “New Spring Order” link.
To view the interactive map showing winter weight restrictions and spring road bans, please visit www.saskatchewan.ca/highwayhotline and scrolling down to restrictions.
Information is also available by contacting the Highway Hotline at 511.