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.

Last Updated: March 19, 2021


Raw Forest Products freeze up period

The Raw Forest products freeze up period is no longer in effect, for any areas

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, 2021 to April 30, 2021.

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, 2021 to May 31, 2021.

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

510        524        525        528        528A
529        529A      534        538       539A
540A     542A      553        554        558
559        560        560A     562        563        
564        567        568        569        570
571        572        573        574        577
579        580        582        585        586
587        591        592        593        595
597        602        603        605        607
607A      609        611        612        613
615        617        619        621        624
630        632        636        637        639
641        642        645        647        650
651        652        665        667        668
670        671        672        673        802
804        805        810        811

Hwy 7036 - Potter Road
Hwy 7037 - Hanna Road
Hwy 7041 - Whitefish Falls Road
Hwy 7042 - Old Wanup Road
Hwy 7044 - Old Cartier Road
Hwy 7045 - MacIntyre Road
Hwy 7048 - Five Mile Dock Road
Hwy 7057 - Willard Lake Road
Hwy 7059 - Longbow Lake Road
Hwy 7069 - Sunshine Loop Road
Hwy 7085 - 29 Hill
Hwy 7088 - Havilland Shores Drive
Hwy 7089 - Havilland Causeway Road
Hwy 7090 - Harmony Beach Road
Hwy 7102 - Dock Road
Hwy 7104 - Ellek Road
Hwy 7122 - Mill Lane Road
Hwy 7125 - Rockeries Road
Hwy 7140 - Benny Road
Hwy 7152 - Golf Course Road
Hwy 7171 - Raith Road (Old Hwy 17)
Hwy 7172 - Young Street
Hwy 7182 - Shebeshekong Road
Hwy 7304 - Flanders Road South (Lac La Croix Road)
Dumont Road
Nungessor Road


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

HIGHWAY NUMBER / LOCATIONHighway 129    16.2 km north of Jct. Hwy 554 to 48 km south of the south Jct. of Hwy 101
Highway 516    30.2 km north of Jct. 642 east to Hwy. 599
Highway 518    16 km east of Hwy 400/69 east to west limits of Sprucedale, and east of Kearney to the Twp. of Perry/Town of Kearney boundary
Highway 520    Hwy 124, north to the Hamlet of Ardbeg
Highway 522    Jct of 522 & E Rd/N Rd (Wilson/Hardy Twps) to Hwy 69
Highway 527    0.1 km north of Jct. of Hwys 811 and 532
Highway 532    6.4 km north of Jct. Hwy 556 to end of Hwy 532
Highway 533    Hwy 656, northwest to Hwy 63
Highway 535    1.6 km north of Hwy 17 north to its end
Highway 539    0.5 km north of Warren, north to Jct. Hwy 64
Highway 540    Hwy 540B (west entrance), west to Meldrum Bay
Highway 542    Hwy 6, west to Jct. of Hwys 540 and 540B
Highway 546    0.6 km north of Jct. Hwy 17 north to end of Hwy 546
Highway 548    Maple St. (Hilton Beach) south to southwest limits of Richard's Landing
Highway 551    West Jct. of Hwy 542 south to Providence Bay
Highway 556    Hwy 532 to Hwy 129
Highway 557    2.7 km north of Jct. Hwy 17 (Jct. of Granary Lake Rd.) north to end of Hwy 557
Highway 566    2 km west of the Montreal River at Matachewan to its end
Highway 575    Hwy 17 to 1 km south of Jct. Hwy 64
Highway 581    Jct. Rimi Lake Road north for 6 km to Remi Lake Provincial Park
Highway 583 N    Hearst Town S Limits, 4.1 km south of Hwy 11 to its end
Highway 583 S    From Hearst N Limits (3.6 km N of east Jct of Hwy 11) to end of Hwy
Highway 588    1.6 km south of Hwy 11/17, west to end of Hwy 588
Highway 589    9.6 km north of Jct. Hwy 591, north to end of Hwy 589
Highway 594    Hwy 502, west to Hwy 17
Highway 596    1 km north of Hwy 17A, north to its end
Highway 599    62 km north of Hwy 17, north-easterly to end of Hwy 599
Highway 600    0.5 km north of Hwy 11 (Rainy River N Limits), northeasterly to Jct. of Hwy 71
Highway 601    1.6 km north of Hwy 17 (west leg) to 5 km north of Hwy 17 (east leg) (Dryden Airport)
Highway 608    1 km west of Hwy 61 west to Hwy 595
Highway 634    Cloutierville Road (3.4 km north of Hwy 11) to its end
Highway 638    2.5 km north of east Jct. Hwy 17 (Rail Crossing), north to 1.3 km east of west Jct. Hwy 17
Highway 657    0.8 km east of Hwy 105 easterly to its end
Highway 7082    Jct. of Hwy 17 to the Regional Municipality of Walden limits (4.6 km)


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, 2021 to June 30, 2021.

NORTH BAY AREA

Ballantyne & Laurier
Bidwell Lake
Eldee
Ellsmere
Laurier
Lount
Marten Lake
Memesagamesing
Mills & Hardy
Patterson
Phelps
Pringle
Tilden Lake
Thorne
Wilson & McConkey
White Pine
Wyse and Poitras
Yellowstone

SUDBURY AREA

Armstrong Lake
Britt
Burwash-Hendrie
Cartier
Chiniguchi R.
Dawson
Dill Secord
Downes Lake
Foster Truman
Fourteen Mile Island
Harris Lake
Hess
Kukagami
Lang Lake
Long Lake
Lost Channel
Madawanson
Ministic Lake
Onaping Falls
Red Deer Village
Robinson
Rock Lake
Trout Lake N
Wallbridge S
Whiskey Lake
Willisville

SAULT STE MARIE AREA

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

THUNDER BAY AREA

Armstrong
Dawson Rd.- Goldie
Devon
Firehill
Forbes
Fowler
Gorham
Hardwick
Hicks Lake
Inwood
Jacques
Lybster
Lyon
Marks
Mountain Bay
Northern Light Lake
Obonga Lake
Perch Lake
Polly Lake
Sibley
Stirling
Strange
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


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