Feb. 12, 2009
FREDERICTON (CNB) - Spring weight restrictions on New Brunswick highways will begin at midnight on Sunday, March 8, in southern New Brunswick and at midnight on Sunday, March 15, in northern New Brunswick. These dates are dependent upon the weather and are therefore subject to change.
"Weight restrictions for commercial vehicles are imposed each year to protect our infrastructure by reducing the thaw-related damage that occurs at the beginning of spring," said Transportation Minister Denis Landry. "The department announces these dates as early as possible with consideration for minimizing the inconvenience to industry. Commercial drivers are reminded that spring weight restrictions may be imposed within municipal boundaries as well. This early notice enables all drivers and businesses to be informed so they may plan ahead to take alternate routes."
Each district engineer with the Department of Transportation analyzes conditions and data to determine which routes will be subject to regulation under Section 36 of the Highway Act. Should weather conditions warrant, district engineers are authorized to close roads to trucks or to impose weight restrictions on highways or portions of routes at any time.
A list of spring weight restrictions is available at www.gnb.ca/transportation. Public notices will appear in the near future directing people to this website.
Advisories will be circulated to the trucking community and will be available at Department of Transportation district offices and weigh stations.
The intent is to remove the regulations on Sunday, May 17, in southern New Brunswick and on Sunday, May 24, in northern New Brunswick.
"These dates are preliminary and dependent on weather conditions, temperatures and how soon frost is out of the ground," said Landry. "The weight restrictions are strictly enforced, and they are a mechanism to minimize the impact to our highways. With more than 18,600 kilometres of road in New Brunswick, the department works hard to preserve their life span."
MEDIA CONTACT: Andrew Holland, communications, Department of Transportation, 506-453-5634.