Kneehill County has issued road bans on roads throughout their county.
"Kneehill County is responsible for all the municipal roads in its boundaries. Having that responsibility when the spring thaw comes, there are certain roads susceptible to damage which is mainly our paved roads. Those roads become banned in the spring season, so this year we banned them on March 15, and we're assuming we will have them off by May 24, is our plan," explained Brad Buchert, Senior Manager of Transportation and Facilities.
These bans are in effect for commercial vehicles only. Road weight limits are reduced significantly.
"We put those and on to reserve that surface. A lot of the damage that can occur on the road surface is on the top so we try to reduce that risk by applying those road bans," continued Buchert. "Currently, Kneehill has 50 miles of paved surfaces. Currently, this year that is all that we are banning. We are not banning any gravel roads."
Gravel roads bans are determined by the snowmelt that year and the activity on each road. This year, snow melts are as usual and the gravel roads will not be banned for commercial vehicles.
"We have two peace officers in Kneehill County so they would be subject to giving fines for how much overweight they (commercial vehicles) are. All of our roads are basically banned at 75 per cent from 100 per cent of the legal limit. They would be subject to a fine, based on what the weight is," concluded Berchert.
Click here to see a complete list of road bans in Kneehill County.