Province-wide Spring Weight Restrictions Start Monday

Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal

February 19, 2009 2:37 PM

Spring weight restrictions for heavy trucks will come into effect across the province at 8 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 23.

Restrictions were originally scheduled to be placed at 12:01 a.m. on Monday but, because of expected cold overnight temperatures, the department will allow the industry one more night to move goods before closing the roads.

This is consistent with the department's policy of closely monitoring weather forecasts and its own road sensors so it can allow short-term openings when temperatures and conditions permit.

Milder temperatures mean provincial roads are more susceptible to damage from heavy trucks. The restrictions are usually removed in late April or early May.

"The department realizes that truckers need to move goods to stay in business and we'll make every effort to allow them to do that," said Brooke Taylor, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal. "Today's technology allows the department to monitor the province's roads closely, helping us to choose the right time to have them opened and closed."

A list of roads that are exempt from the restrictions will be advertised in newspapers on Saturday, Feb. 21, and is posted on the department's website at www.gov.ns.ca/tran .


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     Spring weight restrictions for heavy trucks will come into

effect across the province at 8 A-M on Monday (February 23rd).

     Milder temperatures mean provincial roads are more

susceptible to damage from heavy trucks. The restrictions

usually stay in place until late April or early May.

     A list of roads exempt from the restrictions will be

advertised in newspapers on Saturday (February 21st) and is

posted on the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure

Renewal's website at W-W-W dot gov dot N-S dot C-A slash T-R-A-N.

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Media Contact: Steve Smith
              Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal
              902-424-2233
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