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Posted axle weights are the weight restrictions for vehicles that lowers the legal registered permitted weight placed on a road. This protects the infrastructure from damage.
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Overweight is defined as the weight on an axle or axle group, or total gross weight, being more than that allowed under the Traffic Safety Act.
Year-round road bans are in effect on all weight restricted rural roads in County of Wetaskiwin. See the current Road Ban Order for these roads.
During the spring thaw, seasonal road bans are declared to protect our roads. Because seasonal road bans depend on road conditions, the dates vary from year-to-year but they typically run from April–June. During these months the posted axle weight on the majority of weight restricted roads is lowered to 75%.
Some roads have permanent weight restrictions that are not affected by seasonal road bans. See the current Road Ban Order for these roads.
A divisible load is any load that can be easily lightened such as water, gravel, lumber or concrete.
A non-divisible load is any load that cannot be easily lightened such as heavy equipment, concrete pump trucks or trucks hauling a one piece load.
No. A haul restriction is sometimes used prior to implementation of spring road bans. The County will specify a time frame when permitted hauls can move on frozen road conditions reducing the amount of road damage.
Haul restrictions will typically be left in place until spring road bans are implemented.
A permitted haul is movement on the roads that requires the issuance of a permit. These may be overweight, over dimensional, service/drilling rigs, heavy hauls or multiple legal loads that require a permit.
The only exemptions from the haul restrictions are; agricultural commodities, septic haulers, Vac & Steamer Trucks in emergent situations.