The Provincial Government is making it easier for farmers to haul their product to awaiting rail cars.
In response to the backlog in grain movement out of Saskatchewan, the Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure has taken steps to ease seasonal weight restrictions on some highways.
“Our government is committed to assisting farmers in getting their grain out of the bins and to market as quickly as possible,” Highways and Infrastructure Minister Don McMorris said. “While we will continue to protect our investment in highways during the spring thaw, we will allow for some exceptions to spring road bans to facilitate farmers’ urgent transportation needs.”
Shippers and farmers may apply to Ministry District Offices for permits that will allow for heavier than published spring weights. Circumstances where permits could be granted include roads where ministry staff determine heavier loads will not cause undue road damage, or during colder than seasonal temperatures. Haulers must hold a permit to access the heavier weights. This flexible approach applies only to agricultural commodities.
With the recently announced budget, the province has invested $1.8 billion in transportation since 2011, well ahead of the pace to meet the government’s commitment to invest $2.2 billion over four years.