November 13, 2015

Winter Weights Postponed Province-Wide

Due to an unseasonably warm fall, winter weight allowances will not come into effect until December 1 or until the roadbeds are sufficiently frozen.

Postponing the winter weight program will protect Saskatchewan highways from unnecessary damage.  Road structures will be monitored throughout the province on an ongoing basis to determine when winter weights can be implemented.

Colder temperatures freeze and strengthen road structures allowing the ministry to permit additional weight on the highway network.  Without sufficient freezing, the extra weights can damage pavement and the road structures beneath.

Commercial vehicle operators can find the latest road restriction orders and related information online or by calling the Highway Hotline in 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.

In addition, technical and regulatory information is available from the Transport Compliance Branch Inquiry Line at 1-866-933-5290.  Truck drivers 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.

The Government of Saskatchewan has invested a record $5.2 billion in transportation infrastructure since 2008.