Winter weights took effect at 12:01 a.m., Thursday, November 16 for all applicable provincial highways, with the exception of southwest Saskatchewan.
“With Saskatchewan’s export-based economy, trucking plays a major role in getting our goods to port,” Highways and Infrastructure Minister David Marit said. “Winter weights season allows shippers to haul heavier loads during colder winter months, resulting in fewer trips and cost savings for the industry.”
When a roadbed is frozen, secondary weight highways contain the same strength as primary weight highways, which supports the heaviest legal loads on Saskatchewan roads. Shippers using secondary weight highways benefit the most because this allows efficient movement from secondary to primary weight highways.
Winter weights are weather-dependent, typically beginning mid-November and being removed on March 15. 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.