It's been an unusually long winter, but it looks like spring is almost here. So, too, are weight restrictions for rural roads in the area.
"Normally, in March until mid-June every year, we institute a road ban, which means you can only haul 75 per cent of your legal load," explained Owen Francis, Director of Municipal Services for the Special Areas east of Hanna. "What this does is it protects the road surface when the frost is coming out; that's when it's most vulnerable to damage."
"Historically we only do our surfaced roads, so oil surfaced and paved roads," he noted. "Our gravel roads we don't normally do a road ban on unless we get an extraordinary heavy, wet snow event and we put a short term ban on there just to protect them while they're drying out."
The road bans apply chiefly to oil companies and farmers hauling grain, and Francis says they're generally aware when the bans go in place and understand the reason for them.
"They're expensive infrastructure and just restricting the load limits on them for the short time in the spring pays dividends for the rest of the year," he told 99.5 DrumFM.
Road bans have also been imposed in Starland, Kneehill and Wheatland Counties. Check on the county websites for details.