PEI weight restrictions in force March 5

CHARLOTTETOWN (March 4) — Prince Edward Island will begin to enforce spring weight restrictions on provincial highways starting at 12:01 a.m. tomorrow, March 5.

The restrictions apply to roads not built to all-weather standards, the province said, which is roughly 80% of PEI’s 5700-kilometre highway network.

They will remain in place “until roads regain their structural strength,” according to a statement from PEI transport officials.

Like Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, the province said weight restrictions are being implemented earlier this year because of mild temperatures, which can contribute to weakened road surfaces.

When weight restrictions are in effect, most commercial vehicles are restricted to carrying 75% of their maximum allowable weight on any axle, or axle group, with no tolerances allowed, the province said.

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