Sask. farm trucks included in weight checks

Farm trucks using Saskatchewan highways will be included in the province’s annual truck weight survey, running throughout July.

“The amount of heavy truck traffic on our highways has shot up almost 10 per cent between 2007 and 2008 alone, with the growth of the provincial economy requiring more products to be shipped by road on their way to their final destination,” Highways Minister Jim Reiter said in a release Monday.

“We conduct annual surveys in different regions of the province every year to help assist with highway planning and design to best handle this industry-driven traffic.”

One-day surveys will be conducted during July and early August at 15 sites across the province. During a 12-hour period, all trucks passing a given survey site, including farm trucks, will be weighed, the province said.

Information such as commodity, point of origin, destination and truck type will also be recorded, the province noted.

Survey zones will be “heavily signed” with flag people directing traffic. All large trucks in the survey area will be stopped, the province said.

“Although heavy truck traffic does take its toll on provincial highways, it is a good indication that our export-driven economy is on a roll,” Reiter said in Monday’s release. “This weight survey will help us determine where our transportation dollars are best spent.”

Survey areas

July 3

  • Highway 11 north of Regina

Week of July 6

  • Highway 2 south of Moose Jaw
  • Highway 6 near Pangman
  • Highway 6 south of Raymore

Week of July 13

  • Highway 13 west of Weyburn
  • Highway 47 north of Estevan
  • Highway 18 west of Oxbow
  • Highway 39 northwest of Estevan

Week of July 20

  • Highway 33 at Fillmore
  • Highway 9 near Langbank
  • Highway 1 east of Moosomin
  • Highway 10 south of Yorkton

Week of July 27

  • Highway 7 west of Kindersley
  • Highway 37 north of Shaunavon
  • Highway 1 near Beverley

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