REGINA, Sask. – Winter weight allowances on secondary weight highways in southwest Saskatchewan ended today (Feb. 22), with unseasonably mild weather expected to force the early removal of all winter weights in the coming weeks.
“While frozen roads provide a surface that allows shippers to carry heavier loads, soft roads need to be protected from unnecessary damage,” said Highways and Infrastructure Minister Nancy Heppner. “Our staff monitors roadbed temperatures closely to ensure heavier winter weights are left on as long as possible.”
The removal of winter weight allowances starts in the southern part of the province and moves north.
The Saskatchewan Trucking Association (STA) said winter weights are typically removed in the southwest on the last day of February, with the rest of the province on March 15.
With the removal of winter weights comes the implementation of spring road bans, which could remain in place for up to six weeks giving roads time to dry.
Additional information on weight restrictions is available from the province’s highway hotline at 306-933-8333.