Spring truck weight restrictions underway

In this December 2014 photo, a section of Upper Canada Road in South Dundas shows signs of deterioration (Cornwall Newswatch/File)

CORNWALL/SD&G – Weight restrictions for large trucks start today (Wednesday) on roads across SD&G and the City of Cornwall.

The so-called half-load season, which lasts until May, is an effort to prevent damage to asphalt roads as the frost begins to come out of the ground during the spring thaw.

The restriction means trucks are limited to having a maximum of five tonnes per axle on posted roads throughout the region.

In the City of Cornwall, those roads include portions of South Branch Road (Pitt to Boundary), Cornwall Centre Road (Pitt to 138 and Brookdale to landfill site), McConnell Avenue (South Branch to Highway 401), Tenth Street East (Boundary to Virginia) and Richmond Drive (Vincent Massey Drive to city limit).

The United Counties and the city have vowed to step up law enforcement this year considering the thaw, with frost reaching nearly seven feet deep in some areas, is expected to be a prolonged event.

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