Spring weight restrictions start Monday

Published on March 7, 2013
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Spring weight restrictions for commercial vehicles begin March 11 on posted provincial roads in most of mainland Nova Scotia.

At 12:01 a.m. next Monday, restrictions will be on in Digby, Annapolis, Halifax, Hants, Kings, Lunenburg, Queens, Shelburne, and Yarmouth counties.

At 12:01 a.m. on Monday, March 18, restrictions will be on in Antigonish, Cape Breton, Colchester, Cumberland, Guysborough, Inverness, Pictou, Richmond, and Victoria counties.

The weight restrictions on heavy trucks are necessary during the spring thaw to help protect roads weakened by mild and wet weather.

The Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal monitors air and road temperatures and works closely with the trucking industry and Environment Canada to determine the date that best protects the province's road surfaces.

A list of exempt roads will be published in a number of newspapers across the province.

Updated information is posted on the department's website at novascotia.ca/tran/trucking/springweight.asp