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Saturday , 19 June 2021

M.D. road ban on heavy traffic takes effect with spring thaw

The M.D. is imposing a road ban with the warmer spring temperatures arriving.

As of today, heavy traffic will be limited to 75 per cent on all M.D. oiled and gravel roads with the exception of the La Corey North Resource Road said the M.D on their website.

This is meant to limit the amount of damage to M.D. roads during the spring thaw.

Roads will be regularly inspected, and changes to the road ban will be made according to road conditions, said the M.D..

Permission to exceed the ban will be reviewed by the municipality on a case-by-case basis for specific trips.

Specific approvals can be obtained by contacting the Municipal District of Bonnyville’s Transportation and Utilities Department at 780-812-5000.

“As operators, you must make yourself aware of the load limits associated with the roads you drive. As the cost of road repairs is a principal concern to all ratepayers in our municipality, we ask that you assist us in minimizing the amount of damage,” said the M.D. on their website.

“The Municipal District of Bonnyville No. 87, being the road authority, may at its sole discretion ban any and all roads at any given time due to road deterioration.

“We realize that some of our roads will deteriorate quicker than others due to many factors including high traffic flow, heavy loads, weather conditions, etc. We remind you that a discretionary road ban exists all year round on roads considered sensitive areas and may be posted with a specific weight restriction.”

The list of road bans can be found here.

2019 M.D. Roads Ban

About Michael Menzies

Menzies is the editor-at-large for Connected Media Inc. Born and raised in Vermilion, he started in May 2018 during his NAIT Radio and Television practicum and reports on local politics, sports, and community issues. He became the Bonnyville Pontiacs play-by-play voice during the 2019-20 season. He also comments on provincial and national issues. Menzies hosts Connected! Evening Monday-Thursday at 5 o’clock. He also likes to buy books and read some of them.