Sahtu winter road restrictions

Higher temperatures and direct sunlight cause restrictions on Mackenzie Valley Winter Road. Commercial trucks are limited to night-time driving only starting Monday. (CBC)

The Northwest Territories Transportation department has postponed restrictions on the Sahtu winter road.

It says because of current temperatures and forecasted windchills the restrictions are not needed now. But it says conditions will be monitored over the next week and night time travel restrictions could be implemented on the Mackenzie Valley Winter Road System with little or no notice.

The Sahtu winter road restrictions were to take effect Monday morning.

When they come into place truck drivers are asked to pull over in designated rest or parking areas during the day.

The restrictions don't affect regular vehicles. The winter road is open all day to vehicles weighing 5,000 kg or less.