A sure sign that Spring is on its way, as the annual Spring weight restrictions for roadways New Brunswick take effect March 2nd.

The limits are put in place each year to ensure that New Brunswick roads and highways don't sustain damage during the annual frost and thaw cycle.

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Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Claude Williams says the notice is given to the trucking community so it may prepare to reduce loads or plan alternate routes during this period.

In southern New Brunswick, Spring weight restrictions will take effect at midnight on Sunday, March 2nd, and continue until midnight on Sunday, May 11th.

Restrictions in northern New Brunswick will take effect at midnight on Sunday, March 9th, and continue until midnight on Sunday, May 18th. These dates depend on the weather and are subject to change.

The affected areas New Brunswick include:

●    the area lying within Northumberland, Gloucester, Restigouche, Madawaska and Victoria counties;
●    the portion of Route 108 within York County;
●    the portion of Gordon Vale Road and Holtville Road within York County;
●    the portion of Bloomfield Ridge Road between Holtville Road and Route 625; and
●    the portion of Route 625 between Gordon Vale Road and Route 8.

A final notice will be issued later this month and a detailed list of affected highways will be released as well.