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Seasonal Load Limits: A Heavy Topic

These photos illustrate why every spring, the ministry sets seasonal load limits on certain highways, for heavy vehicles. This truck was headed northbound on Highway 97 with a load of steel balls for a mine.

How Much Load Can That Road Hold?

In spring, as temperatures rise, roads start to weaken. The thawing releases water in the road, that can’t drain efficiently, if the surrounding soil remains frozen, This reduces the road’s ability to support heavy loads, so we put seasonal load limits on certain roads, or stretches of road, for heavy vehicles.