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Area roadways have heavy load restrictions in March and April as spring thaw puts roads and residents at risk

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Area roadways sure take a beating during winter months, and the springtime thaw doesn't do much to help.

Oxford County OPP is reminding residents of weight restrictions in effect during March and April. Officers from Oxford OPP and the West Region Highway Safety Division will be patrolling local roadways to enforce the weight laws between March 1 and April 30.

“During the spring thaw extra heavy loads can cause damage to our roadways that are not built to handle the weight during spring when the frost is melting. The road are soaked through and easily damaged,” police said in a media release.

And it’s not just the roads police are worried about.

“This type of damage in turn leads to increases in risks to the motorist due to wash boarding, pot holes, and pavement deterioration,” police said in the release, noting that these challenges increase the chance that drivers or passengers could get hurt or even killed.

There are three weight restriction bylaws in effect for March and April:

-Commercial motor vehicles or trailers that transmit more than 5000 kilograms onto the highway are prohibited.

-Vehicles with more than 1000 kilograms of carrying capacity are restricted.

-Dual axle tank trucks, used exclusively for transporting liquid or gas heating fuel, and two axle trucks used for transporting livestock feed, where an axle would transmit more than 7500 kilograms to the road are prohibited on the highway.

Each township in Oxford has roads designated for those purposes, and secondary roads have signs that outline the weight restrictions, police said. A complete list of roads and restrictions can be found at www.oxfordcounty.ca.

“OPP would like to remind drivers to know the area and roads that they are travelling on and comply with weight restrictions,” the media release stated.

“We are all responsible for doing our part to keep our roads in safe travel condition.”

 

 

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