FREDERICTON (GNB) – Spring weight restrictions for truck traffic will come into effect at midnight on Sunday, March 10, in southern New Brunswick, and at midnight on Sunday, March 17, in northern New Brunswick. Restrictions will continue until midnight on Sunday, May 12, in the southern part of the province, and until midnight on Sunday, May 19, in the north.

The duration of the restriction period is determined by monitoring weather conditions and tracking the progress of the thaw, using sensors located around the province.

“During spring thaw, the road strength weakens by 30 per cent or more, and we must restrict the weight limits to ensure that our road infrastructure does not suffer damage during this annual frost and thaw cycle,” said Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Bill Oliver. “We provide this notice to the trucking community so that they may prepare to reduce their loads or plan alternate routes during this period. I thank members of the industry for the co-operation and patience they demonstrate each year while these restrictions are in place.”

For the purpose of these restrictions, northern New Brunswick includes:

  • the area lying within the counties of Northumberland, Gloucester, Restigouche, Madawaska and Victoria;
  • the portion of Route 108 within York County;
  • the portion of Gordon Vale Road and Holtville Road within York County;
  • the portion of Route 123 within Sunbury County and Queens County;
  • the portion of Bloomfield Ridge Road between Holtville Road and Route 625; and
  • the portion of Route 625 between Gordon Vale Road and Route 8.

Details are available online. Should weather conditions warrant, district engineers are authorized to close roads to trucks or impose weight restrictions on highways or portions of highways at any time.