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Winter weights now in effect

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Winter weights for Saskatchewan highways came into effect on December 1.

"Trucking is a vital aspect of our export-based economy, particularly in a province that continues to grow," Highways and Infrastructure Minister Don McMorris said. "Shippers can haul heavier loads during colder winter months, which results in fewer trips and cost savings.”

When a roadbed is frozen, secondary weight highways contain the same strength as primary weight highways, which support the heaviest legal loads on Saskatchewan roads. 

Since it allows efficient movement of goods from secondary to primary weight highways, shippers using secondary weight highways benefit from winter.

Winter weights are typically removed on March 15, but shippers need to check the status regularly. As in the past, when temperatures rise and roadbeds remain soft, the ministry may remove winter weights in some areas.

 


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