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Note: The Raw Forest products freeze up period is no longer in effect for any areas (Last Updated: March 16, 2020)


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, 2020 to April 30, 2020.

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, 2020 to May 31, 2020.

Effective June 1, 2020

None at this time.


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, 2020 to June 30, 2020.

Effective May 19, 2020
 
When signs are posted, the Highway/Roads within the following Territories will have a Reduced Load Limit:

COCHRANE AREA
Brower
Casgrain
Coppell/Kendall/Way
Departure Lake
Driftwood
Dunning
Fournier
Frederickhouse
Hallebourg
Hanlan
Hunta
Indian-Sand Lake
Kitigan
Nellie Lake (Aurora)
Norembega
Tunis
West Riverside

 
SAULT STE MARIE AREA
Aberdeen & McMahon
Aweres 1 S.L.B.
Aweres 2 S.L.B.
Devil’s Lake
Devon Landing
Esher-Como-Healy
Fenwick, Pennefather &  Vankoughnet
Galbraith-Morin
Garden Lake
Gaudette & Hodgins
Goulais Mission
Havilland S.L.B.
Hawk Junction
Horseshoe Bay
Kettle Lakes
Northland Lake
Patton & Montgomery
Peace Tree
Red Rock
Sultan
Tilley
Vankoughnet & Aweres
Vixen Lake
Wabos
Wharncliffe
 

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