Saskatchewan surveying province’s truckers

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REGINA, Sask. — Truckers in Saskatchewan are being surveyed by the province this summer to gather current and representative information on truck weights.

The province has already begun surveying drivers and weighing their vehicles in an attempt to develop a clearer understanding of the trucks that travel the province’s highways.

“The information gathered by this survey will be invaluable in our ongoing efforts to improve the province’s transportation system,” Highways and Transportation Minister Maynard Sonntag said. “Weight information is a critical component of the department’s planning and design processes, so up-to-date vehicle weight information is essential for the province to optimize its investment in the provincial transportation system.”

The one-day surveys are being held throughout July and August at 15 sites across Saskatchewan. Over the course of a 12-hour period, all trucks passing by the survey sites are weighed. Other information is also gathered, including the commodity being hauled, point of origin, destination and truck type.

“A modern and competitive transportation infrastructure is essential to our continued economic and social prosperity,” Sonntag said. “This information will ensure the almost $300 million per year the province invests in the transportation system meets the needs of Saskatchewan’s people and economy.”

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