Seasonal Loads

Under the Highway Traffic Act, the province enforces reduced load restrictions on trucks to protect Ontario's highways during spring thaw, when road damage is most likely to occur.

Note: The Raw Forest products freeze up period is no longer in effect, for any areas.

Last Updated: March 20, 2019


Restriction on permits

All annual and project overweight permits are not valid on any highways unless otherwise specified on the permit during:

  • March and April in Southern Ontario

  • March, April and May in Northern Ontario

For purposes of this restriction, the province is divided, west to east, by:

  • a line formed by the Severn River to Regional Rd. 169

  • Regional Rd. 169 from Washago to Hwy. 12

  • Hwy. 12, from Regional Rd. 169 to Hwy. 7, north of Sunderland

  • Hwy. 7, from Hwy. 12 to Regional Rd. 7B at Carleton Place

  • Regional Rd. 7B to Hwy. 15

  • Regional Rd. 29 to Arnprior

Single trip permits, for moving of overloads on highways not designated in Schedules 1, 2 and 3, may be issued, but are subject to axle controls established by the Ministry of Transportation.


REDUCED LOADS

Schedule 1

Pursuant to the Highway Traffic Act, the ministry will impose reduced load limits for those designated parts of the King's Highways listed in Schedule 1, when appropriate, between March 1, 2019 to April 30, 2019.

None at this time.


Schedule 2

Pursuant to the Highway Traffic Act, the ministry will impose reduced load limits for those designated parts of the King's Highways listed in Schedule 2, when appropriate, between March 1, 2019 to May 31, 2019.

Effective March 20, 2019 @ 11:59pm

When signs are posted, the following Highways will have a Reduced Load Limit for their ENTIRE length:


540    540A      542     542A     551    525    580     582     585     586     587     591     593     595     597     602     611     613     615     617     619     621   641     642     647     665     671     673     802     804     811
       
7048–Five Mile Dock Rd.                                     7102-Dock Rd.      
7057-Willard Lake Rd                                          7104-Ellek Rd

7059-Longbow Lake Rd                                      7125-Rockeries Rd

7069-Sunshine Loop Rd.                                     7171-Raith  
Lac La Croix Rd (Flanders Rd. South)   
Nungesser Rd.

When signs are posted, the following Highways will have a Reduced Load Limit for these listed locations:

516     30.2 km north of Jct. 642 north to Hwy 599        
527     0.1 km north of Jct Hwys 811 and 527
588     1.6 km south of Hwy 11/17, west to end of Hwy 588
589     9.6 km north of Jct. Hwy 591 north to end of Hwy 589
594     Hwy 502, west to Hwy 17
596     1 km north of Hwy 17A north to its end
599     62 km north of Hwy 17, north-easterly to end of Hwy 599
600     0.5 km north of Hwy 11, to Jct. of Hwy 71
601     1.6 km north of Hwy 17 (west leg) to 5.0 km north of Hwy 17 (east leg)
(Dryden Airport)
608     1 km west of Hwy 61 west to Hwy 595
625     0.5 km south of Jct Hwy 11, south to end of Hwy 625
643     700 m west of Hwy 584 to end of Hwy 643
657     0.8 km east of Hwy 105 easterly to its end
 


Schedule 3

Pursuant to the Highway Traffic Act, the ministry will impose reduced load limits for those designated parts of the King's Highways/Roads listed in Schedule 3, when appropriate, between March 1, 2019 to June 30, 2019.

When signs are posted, the Highway/Roads within the following Territories will have a Reduced Load Limit:
 

THUNDER BAY AREA
Armstrong
Beaver Bay
Crescent Point
Dawson Rd.- Goldie
Devon
Firehill
Forbes
Fowler
Gorham
Hardwick
Hicks Lake
Inwood
Jacques
Kabaigon Bay
Lybster
Lyon
Marks
Mabella
Mountain Bay
Northern Lights Lake
Obonga Lake
Perch Lake
Polly Lake
Portage Bay
Shebandowan Village
Sibley
Stirling
Strange
Sunnyslopes
Sunset Lake
Upsala
Ware
White Sand Lake
 
KENORA AREA
Aubrey East
Bears Passage
Big Stone Bay
Blindfold Lake
Britton
Clearwater Lake
Colenso, Redvers E. & Wabigoon E.
Cygnet Lake Rd.
Dance
Ena Lake
Engineer Lake Rd.
Eton
Ghost Lake
Gordon Lake
Inglis Lake
Ingolf
Kendall Inlet
Kenricia
Kingsford
Laclu
Manitou Rapids FN                           
McCallum Point
McConnell Lake
McIntosh
McKenzie
Melgund
Minaki
Mine Centre
Miscampbell
Mutrie
Nanicost Centre
Nelles
Nickel Lake Shores
Pearson Landing
Pellatt No. 2
Pickerel Lake
Pratt
Red Pine Ridge
Redditt
Reef Point
Rowell
Rugby
Rush Bay-Woodchuck Bay
Sherwood Lake
Southshore
Southwatten
Southworth
Spohn
Spruce Lake Road
Storm Bay
Sutherland
Tannis Lake (Gundy Lake)
Van Horne
Wabigoon Redvers West
Wabigoon South East
Wainwright
War Eagle
West Longbow Lake
Zealand No. 1
Zealand No. 3
 


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