REGINA, Sask. — The Saskatchewan Department of Highways and Transportation is lifting automatic May and June weight restrictions on several highways.
The current 10-month primary weight highway network will be expanded to include all 12 months in an effort to stimulate economic growth and diversification in rural Saskatchewan. Other changes to the vehicle weight management system are also in the pipeline and will be developed after consultations with stakeholders this fall.
“Many of Saskatchewan’s rural areas and smaller communities are served by the secondary weight system that doesn’t allow them full access or the lowest freight costs,” says Mark Wartman, Minister of Transportation. “With this change the provincial government is responding to the various communities, industries and municipalities that have identified the need for year round primary weight access.”
The decision was applauded by Russ McPherson, business development officer for the Great River Lakes Regional Economic Development Authority.
"Saskatchewan’s rural communities welcome the government’s decision to consult with them while they implement changes to the weight system," says McPherson. "Rural industry can become more efficient, profitable and competitive through the expansion of the primary weight network from 10 months to 12 months."
About 2,300 kilometres of highway will be affected by the change, but road bans will still be used in the spring where necessary to protect the roads from damage during the spring thaw. For more information about the routes affected, call the Ministry of Highways and Transportation at 306-787-4804.
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