Warm January weather prompts gravel road restrictions
Roads too soft, government places weight restrictions on roads in 6 counties to prevent damage
The Nova Scotia government has brought in weight restrictions for gravel roads in six counties of the province.
No trucks over 15 tonnes can travel on gravel roads in the counties of Annapolis, Digby, Hants, Halifax, Kings and Lunenburg.
Pam Menchenton, a spokesperson for the Department of Transportation, said it's unusual to issue weight restrictions in the middle of January. But she said in light of the warmer weather — particularly in the western part of the province — it's needed to protect the roads.
“Heavier trucks could create some deep rutting and damage the infrastructure on the gravel roads. So we would have to fix those roads by re-grading the road and we can’t do that until warmer weather comes around, so … if we get some rutting in the roads now or deep depressions, they may actually have to stay there until we can fix them in the summer,” said Menchenton.
She said the restriction will mainly affect large, logging trucks.