COTB Protecting Roads with Spring Load Restrictions

Winter Roads in Thunder Bay
Winter Roads in Thunder Bay

Thunder Bay News – As the snow melts and the ground thaws, Thunder Bay is taking proactive steps to protect its road infrastructure during this critical period.

Starting at 8:00 am on Monday, March 11, the city will enforce reduced heavy load restrictions across Thunder Bay, aiming to minimize road damage during the spring thaw.

This precautionary measure is essential for maintaining the city’s roadways in good condition and preventing excessive repair costs.

Seasonal Measures Kick In to Protect Road Infrastructure

The onset of warmer weather brings with it the risk of significant road damage, as the thawing process can weaken road surfaces and make them more susceptible to damage from heavy loads.

To mitigate this, the City of Thunder Bay has announced the implementation of reduced load restrictions. These restrictions are a key component of the city’s strategy to preserve road quality and ensure the safety of all road users.

It’s important to note that the start date for these restrictions is weather-dependent and may be subject to change. Residents and businesses are encouraged to stay informed on the latest updates regarding these seasonal measures.

Check the Exemption List Before You Haul

Not all streets within Thunder Bay will be subject to these restrictions. There are specific exemptions in place for certain roads, designed to facilitate the smooth operation of key services and transport routes. To find out which streets are exempt from the reduced load restrictions, community members can visit the city’s official website at

This online resource provides detailed information and maps to help drivers navigate the restrictions without disrupting their daily activities.

The City of Thunder Bay appreciates the cooperation of all residents and businesses in adhering to these temporary measures. By working together, the community can help prevent excessive damage to city streets, ensuring they remain safe and navigable for everyone.

For those who require more information or wish to obtain a print or fax copy of the exemption list, the Engineering Division is available to assist. They can be reached at 807-625-2266, where city staff are ready to provide support and answer any questions regarding the reduced load restrictions.

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