Spring weight restrictions for roads take effect in March

The Department of Transportation and Infrastructure says weight restrictions for truck traffic on the province's roads will take effect in the coming weeks.

In a press release, the province says weight restrictions in southern New Brunswick take effect at midnight on Sunday March 10 and run until midnight on Sunday May 12.

Weight restrictions in northern areas will start and end a week later, beginning on Sunday March 17 and ending on Sunday May 19.

The Department of Transportation says 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.

Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Bill Oliver says, "During spring thaw, the road strength weakens by 30% 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."

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;
- the portion of Route 625 between Gordon Vale Road and Route 8;

The province says district engineers are authorized to close roads to trucks or impose weight restrictions on highways or portions of highways at any time.