Winter weight season begins across Saskatchewan on Friday, Dec. 2.
Provincial officials note that winter weights allow shippers to increase the weight of their loads on secondary highways to primary weight. This supports the export-based economy by maximizing the efficiency of each truckload and reducing costs for shippers.
The season which usually runs from Nov. 16 to Mar. 14 had a late start due to a warm autumn, which meant it took additional time for the ground to freeze beneath secondary roads.
“Most of the food, fuel and fertilizer Saskatchewan produces is shipped around the globe,” Minister of Highways Jeremy Cockrill said. “Winter weights benefit our shippers by permitting heavier loads without damaging the pavement. I’d like to thank truckers and shippers for their patience while we waited for the ground to freeze.”
Municipal roads are the responsibility of each rural municipality, which sets their own weight limits.
Commercial truckers and shippers are encouraged to check the status regularly at www.saskatchewan.ca/truckingweights.