Weight of winter hits Sask next week

REGINA — The winter season, more specifically the winter weight season, for truckers hauling in Saskatchewan will officially kick off on Dec. 1.

From Nov. 16 until Nov. 30, the Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure restricted which provincial highways could carry winter weights. This period before Dec. 1 gives the Ministry the annual option to either allow heavier winter weights earlier or restrict them to protect infrastructure, depending on weather.

"Because road beds freeze as we move into winter, they are stronger and can withstand heavier truck loads without being damaged," said Highways and Infrastructure Minister Jim Reiter said. "This means transportation savings for shippers, as heavier loads means fewer trips."

Winter weights remain in effect until the last day of February, but may be restricted again from March 1 until March 14. As of March 15, the allowable weights will revert back down to normal summer weights or have a spring ban weight restriction, depending on current conditions.

Truckers can find the latest road restriction orders and related information online at www.highways.gov.sk.ca/restrictions/ or by calling the Highway Hotline at 1-888-335-7623.

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