Every spring (typically March 1st to June 30th, or when conditions permit/signs are posted) the local municipalities put half-load, or reduced/seasonal load restrictions on select roadways. During this period of time:

  • Vehicles are restricted to load limits of 5 tonnes per axle
  • There is limited truck and transport access to these areas

Reason for weight requirements

In the spring, as frost comes out of the ground and moisture comes out of the road bed:

  • Roads become softer and weaker
  • Heavy loads on roads can cause it to sink and break apart, which can lead to permanent damage
  • Half-load restrictions are put in place to protect our roads and road beds from being damaged
  • Reduces the need of having to re-build a road after every spring thaw (that could get costly for our taxpayers)

About weight requirements

Vehicles over a certain weight class are not permitted to use the roadway. This includes larger vehicles like:

  • dump trucks
  • delivery trucks
  • concrete trucks
  • heavy equipment floats that haul excavators, bulldozers and cranes

Vehicle exceptions

Passenger vehicles are exempt from these restrictions.

Time of year

With spring thaw and changes in weather, half-load restrictions are generally March 1st to June 30th, or when signs are posted. The roads are given time to shed winter frost. Subscribe to our news and notices to stay informed when half-loads are in effect.

How residents can help

Consider alternate routes

When a half-load restriction is in effect, the road is off limits to heavy transports. However, there may be alternate routes or that can be taken in order to reach the destination. If not possible, Public Works can issue a letter of exception which provides relief from certain sections of the by-law. 

Plan spring building projects

If your building project takes place in the spring (busiest time of year in the building industry), knowing about half-load restrictions in your area will help you in planning your project.