Saskatchewan to halt winter weights early in southwest

Weight allowances that let heavier grain trucks roll on more southwestern Saskatchewan highways over the winter will end a week early, thanks to recent mild weather.

The province’s highways ministry announced Friday it will remove the winter weight allowances on secondary-weight highways in the southwest region effective Monday (Feb. 22).

“While frozen roads provide a surface that allows shippers to carry heavier loads, soft roads need to be protected from unnecessary damage,” Highways Minister Nancy Heppner said in a release.

Peak temperatures at WeatherFarm stations in the province’s southwest corner have risen above freezing each day for almost a week, climbing up to +13 C in some spots Thursday.

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Under provincial legislation, winter weights are removed in southwestern Saskatchewan on the last day of February and in the rest of the province on March 15, but the minister can pull those weight allowances sooner if road conditions warrant.

Spring road bans will then follow, starting in the southwest of the province, then moving north, the province said. Once in place, spring road bans may be in effect for up to six weeks.

Saskatchewan’s latest road weight restriction orders can be checked online under the link for the new order.

Nova Scotia also announced Friday that its spring weight restrictions, for all provincial roads, will come into effect at 12:01 a.m. on Feb. 29.

The Nova Scotia transportation ministry said a complete list of restricted and exempt roads will go up on its website “as soon as it becomes available.” — AGCanada.com Network

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