As of 7 a.m. on Tuesday, March 22, 2022, Lethbridge County will implement seasonal road bans on paved and hard top roads to maintain the integrity of the infrastructure. Citizens and businesses should be aware of affected roads and maximum allowable weights. A full list of banned roads is available at lethcounty.ca/road-ban.
Most hard top roads will be banned to 75 per cent load, with the exception of Industrial parks at 90 per cent, as defined in the Alberta Commercial Vehicle Dimension and Weight Regulation. All gravel roads will remain at 100 per cent. Gravel roads and haul routes will be monitored as we progress through the spring season.
Lethbridge County has an extensive road and bridge network that many people rely on each day, including producers and businesses transporting their products to market. Heavy truck traffic places a high demand on these roads and hence bans are implemented annually (usually in the spring), when the roads are most susceptible to damage. Both paved and hard top roads are banned to a certain percentage of a commercial vehicle’s capacity. Damage to roads is costly to repair and placing bans on vulnerable roads helps to keep maintenance costs down.
Operators holding road use permits under Lethbridge County Policy 352 should be aware that seasonal bans are in place and supersede the unrestricted loading as detailed in their permit. Any operators who are located on banned roads and exporting products out of Canada may apply for exemption under an Export Permit by contacting the County’s Picture Butte office at 403-732-5333.
Both the province and surrounding municipalities implement seasonal road bans. Provincial highways are managed and banned accordingly by Alberta Transportation. Refer to their website for all spring road ban inquiries at https://www.alberta.ca/road-restrictions-and-bans-overview.aspx
Lethbridge County thanks road users for their cooperation in protecting our valuable transportation system.