Road bans came into effect in parts of the province on March 15. Several highways in the southeast are among those affected.
Areas of southern and central Saskatchewan were the first to have road bans. Other areas are expected to follow later this month, depending on the weather.
The bans are issued to protect road infrastructure, because road beds thaw and soften as frost comes out of them once warm weather arrives.
Maximum gross vehicle weight is dependant on highway classification, maximum registered weight, tire size and axle spacing. In order to maximize the economic movement of goods and minimize the damage to road structures, Saskatchewan Highways and Infrastructure assigns special weights to some highways.
Among the southeast highways that already have road restrictions are: Highway 18 from the Highway 35 junction to the Highway 6 junction; Highway 350 from Torquay to the U.S. border; Highway 318 from Carnduff to Alida; and Highway 361 from the Manitoba border to the Highway 361 junction.
Road bans have also been implemented on many grid roads in many rural municipalities in southeast Saskatchewan, including Cambria, Souris Valley, Cymri, Brock and Techumseh. The RMs of Argyle and Mount Pleasant had their restrictions lifted just after midnight on March 19.
Access roads to Arcola, Forget and Midale also have road bans.
Road bans can be enforced for up to six weeks from the time in which they were implemented.
In some cases certain highways are assigned higher allowable weights and in other cases, weights are reduced.
Depending on where they travel, truckers and shippers will have to reduce the size of their loads. People can check the Ministry of Highway’s website to find out which highways have weight restrictions to plan their trips accordingly.
The latest road restriction orders are posted each Tuesday and Friday.
People can also check the Highways Hotline, or phone the Transport Compliance Branch Inquiry Line, to find out which highways are affected.