N.B. lifts spring load limits a month early

Spring weight restrictions for heavy trucks on New Brunswick’s highways will be lifted as of midnight Sunday.

“This is nearly four weeks ahead of schedule; is the earliest removal of the spring weight restriction in New Brunswick’s history; and reflects the mild weather conditions we have experienced,” provincial Transportation Minister Denis Landry said in a release Tuesday.

“I am pleased to communicate this to industry so carriers may resume taking their usual routes and move their goods.”

New Brunswick reduces the allowable weights on its highways each year during the spring thaw, as do most provinces, when the roads are considered more susceptible to damage.

District engineers and staff with the transportation department inspect and monitor road conditions and data to set the restrictions. District engineers retain authority to close roads or post weight limits at any time to protect roads, Landry noted.

Farmers, businesses and motor carrier companies are given advance notice before spring restrictions take effect.

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