Truckers and shippers are reminded that spring road bans began at 12:01 a.m. on Monday, March 15 for parts of Saskatchewan.
The bans began on Monday in southern and central Saskatchewan. Other areas are expected to follow later this month, depending on the weather.
These bans are issued to protect road infrastructure because road beds thaw and soften as frost comes out of them with warm weather, which means some provincial highways will have the amount of weight they can legally carry reduced temporarily.
Depending where they travel, truckers and shippers will have to reduce the size of their loads, but can check our Ministry'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 online at www.highways.gov.sk.ca/restrictions/ or by calling the Highway Hotline as follows: Regina and area at 306-787-7623; Saskatoon and area at 306-933-8333; across Canada at 1-888-335-7623; and on the SaskTel Cellular Network at *ROAD.
For technical and regulatory information, truckers within Saskatchewan can also telephone the Transport Compliance Branch Inquiry Line at 1-866-933-5290. Truckers outside of Saskatchewan can call the same line at 306-933-5290. The line operates weekdays, except statuary holidays, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Source: Government of Saskatchewan