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Spring Road Bans Loom Across Prairies

The looming spring melt across Western Canada will likely disrupt some grain and livestock movement over the next few weeks, as seasonal spring road restrictions come into effect across the Prairies.

Spring road restrictions set axle-weight limits for vehicles moving on certain roads to reduce the damage heavier loads can cause during the spring thaw period. Grain and equipment movement can be affected by these spring road bans, as drivers may need to find alternate routes or haul smaller loads. The duration of the restrictions will depend on local weather conditions, but they typically last throughout April and into May.

In Manitoba, spring road bans are set to come into effect on Friday, March 17, according to a provincial order.

The winter-weight season in neighbouring Saskatchewan is set to expire on March 14, which will reduce the tonnage allowed on roads.

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