Winter Weights to Take Effect in Most of Saskatchewan
Winter Weights Begin Early Monday
During the cold winter months, secondary highways will be allowed to carry primary highway weights. This will be in effect at 12:01 a.m., Monday, December 3 for all applicable provincial highways, with the exception of southern Saskatchewan which will come into effect when weather permits.
“As a landlocked province dependent on exports we need to be able to get our goods to market,” Highways and Infrastructure Minister Lori Carr said. “When shippers can travel on secondary highways with primary weight, they are able to move more goods and help our economy grow.”
Secondary weight highways contain the same strength as primary weight highways when the roadbed is frozen. This helps support the heaviest legal loads on Saskatchewan highways.
When milder weather takes hold, winter weight season can be delayed.
Winter weights are weather-dependent, typically beginning mid-November and being removed on March 15. Restrictions on the winter weights can be in effect from November 16 to 30 and also from March 1 to 14. As in the past, when temperatures rise and roadbeds remain soft, the ministry may remove winter weights in some areas.
Commercial truckers and shippers are encouraged to check the status regularly at www.saskatchewan.ca/truckingweights.
To find the latest road restriction orders online, visit www.saskatchewan.ca, follow us on Twitter @SkGovHwyHotline and look for #skweights or call the Hotline at 511.
For technical and regulatory information, commercial carriers can contact the Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Inquiry Line weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at 1-866-933-5290.